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The rise and fall of jazz trumpeter Chet Baker

Bruce Weber's Oscar-nominated 1988 profile of Chet Baker illuminates the jazz trumpeter's success in the 1950s and '60s, which contrasts starkly with contemporary footage of Baker, ravaged by years of drugs and hard living. Shot in Weber's noted high-contrast black-and-white style, the film noodles around much like a bit of musical improv -- mixing up interviews, past and current performances, archival clips and somewhat dream-like sequences of Baker and fawning youth hanging out at the beach in Santa Monica. Even absent a strict bio-pic timeline, the viewer is left with a shocking portrait of a singular, beautiful talent who ceded it all to decades of ugliness with only haunting notes left lingering around the edges. Through Thu., May 22. Regent Square [capsule review]



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