Live At Ronnie Scott's (1986)
A mediocre Chet Baker performance at Ronnie Scott's club in London. Chet
struggles through many of the songs, although he is helped by the always superb
Michel Grailler on piano.
The video has
one completely unnecessary and poor
vocal performance by Van Morrison, as well as two pretty good vocal
performances by Elvis Costello. I'm a big fan of Costello, but they
should have saved this time for a few more pieces by Chet and his
trio. The camera spends a lot of time on close-ups of Chet. You can
see every crease in his weathered face.
Short interviews are interspersed between
the tunes. In these chats with Elvis Costello, Chet discusses his
childhood, his drug busts, his teeth and more.
Some of this set is available on CD as Live At Ronnie Scott's
or as Nightbird. The
track selection varies slightly.