Monday, February 22, 2010
The inimitable Chet Baker showed up on The Impossible Cool this morning and I realized he was completely left off of Esquire's "The 75 Best Dressed Men of All Time" list. Instead of languishing in this blatant oversight it seems more appropriate to honor him instead. Not many people have ever been as cool as Chet and the guy's style was much like the music he played - cool, suave and smooth. His untimely death, though not as unexpected or soon, and style make him kinda like the James Dean of jazz if you're looking for a fairly elementary comparison. Regardless, Chet was the physical manifestation of the music he so expertly and effortlessly played.