A Tribute to Chet Baker
Of all jazz musicians, Chet Baker was the one who influenced the minds and souls of people most. Baker’s music had a secret language of its own that communicated directly with people’s hearts. Despite the fact that Baker’s fans were devastated at the news of his passing, his music lives on in their hearts.
As a jazz trumpet player with numerous European music awards to his name, Stephane Belmondo (1994 Django Reinhardt Prize) is a devoted fan of Chet Baker who, shortly before his death in 1988, came to hear Belmondo play in Paris.
In memory of Baker, Belmondo will perform one of Baker’s albums in honour of the legendary jazz trumpeter, nearly thirty years after his death.
Stéphane Belmondo trumpet / bugle
Jesse Van Ruller guitar
Thomas Bramerie double-bass
The performance will last for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes with no interval.
Stephane Belmondo, trumpet and flugelhorn player, renowned musician and composer, is awarded with many prizes and distinctions in Europe. Stephane is surely one of the most talented, popular and most appreciated French Jazz Musicians.
The connection between Stephane Belmondo and Chet Baker is obvious: in the 80’s they met and played together several times in Paris. Stephane admired deeply Chet, and Chet was very touched by this young trumpet player, one of his favorite in the young generation.
It took a long time to Stephane to think about the idea of recording a tribute to Chet Baker, his hero. Stephane collaborated with Yusef Lateef, Milton Nascimento, Michel Legrand or Dee Dee Bridgewater to name a few, recorded a beautiful homage to Lili Boulanger, to Stevie Wonder. It was a long and necessary trip before recording this tribute to Chet.
The album is an evocation of Steeplechase’s period (where Chet played with guitarist Doug Raney and bassist NHOP). Stephane is joined by the amazing Dutch guitarist Jesse Van Ruller and the solid and loyal friend, Thomas Bramerie, on bass (who also played with Chet). And a special guest: Amin Bouker, whose voice and way of singing are very similar to Chet’s one.
The album was recorded at Studio Recall Pompignan, under the expert hands of Philippe Gaillot, the sound engineer of great sessions (Jacky Terrasson, Yaron Herman, Bireli Lagrene …). Bertrand Fevre (who directed the wonderful film “Chet’s Romance) was in charge of the photos and the videos. The project will be touring next year and the 15/16 season.