Too Cool: The Chet Baker Story

Version: Unabridged
Author: Ross Porter
Narrator: Ross Porter
Genres: Biography & Memoir
Publisher: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC Audio)
Published In: January 2004
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours
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Too Cool - The Chet Baker Story chronicles the life of one the most influential and yet least documented of the great jazz musicians and continues the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's exploration of the development of jazz and its interesting cast of characters. It explores the relationship that Chet Baker had with his music and with the world in general. This documentary attempts to understand the various issues and factors that contributed to the creation of some of jazz music's most compelling melodies and also to the pain and torment that caused Chet's personal life to be both chaotic and painful.

Reviews (1)

The Longest Suicide

Written by Ken S. on February 18th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 3/5

It's a depressing story. This musician had a real gift, but he had no musical education or understanding of the structure of the music he played. His heroin habit ruled his life for almost 40 years, and he just kept sinking until the end. However, the format of this audio book, with musical examples included, has to be the best way to study music informally!

Author Details

Author Details

Porter, Ross

Ross Porter, the man with the distinctive voice, is president and CEO of JAZZ.FM91, “ Canada’ s premier jazz
station, ” which has undergone a renaissance since his arrival in 2004. Previously, he was the host and producer of CBC Radio Two’ s "Afterhours" and later headed up the specialty TV channel "Cool TV," Recently he was presented with the CanWest Global Award for outstanding contribution to jazz, and in February 2002 he was voted the top broadcaster at the first National Jazz Awards. Ross Porter lives in Toronto.