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A packed QUT Gardens Theatre brought a night of insights and tales from the extraordinary life and times of Chet Baker, retold by David Goldthorpe and the Tim Solly Trio.

This engrossing evening pulled the mind into the personal space of Baker, a pseudo-behind-the-curtain look at one of the original lost boys of jazz: “They said I was the James Dean of jazz! But I was here first!”

Dynamic and visceral, a poignant glimpse of the prolonged drug addiction and delinquency of Baker’s responsibilities. The tale is told in an after-life feeling format, with reference to the death and legacy of Baker.

Heavy with wistful regret, Goldthorpe showcases the various inspirations of this jazz cat, personified by whiskey, joints, heroin and jamming.
The second half of the evening broke the fourth wall and Goldthorpe and the Tim Solly Trio brought us a set of Baker hits.

The Tim Solly Trio’s mellow style and Goldthorpe’s brass moods were spot on, showing the great control and skill needed to showcase the works of Chet Baker.

The performance was held at QUT Gardens August 23.


Reviewed by Benjamin Stewart, SCENE MAGAZINE

Brisbane AUS, 23rd August 2013

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