CHET BAKER1968

Inspired by the documentaryLet’s ge lost, I drew a Chet Baker portrait, focusing on a crucial moment of his life: 1968. In 1968, Baker was savagely beaten (allegedly while attempting to buy drugs) after a gig in Sausalito, California, sustaining severe cuts on the lips and broken front teeth, which ruined his embouchure. He stated in the film Let’s Get Lost that an acquaintance attempted to rob him one night but backed off, only to return the next night with a group of several men who chased him. He entered a car and became surrounded. Instead of rescuing him, the people inside the car pushed him back out onto the street, where the chase by his attackers continued, and subsequently he was beaten to the point that his teeth, never in good condition to begin with, were knocked out, leaving him without the ability to play his horn. He took odd jobs, among them pumping gas. Meanwhile he was fitted for dentures and worked on his embouchure. Three months later he got a gig in New York.

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