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Deep In A Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker

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Jazzman Baker sang and played trumpet like a dream and lived a nightmare, thanks to a heroin habit that wreaked havoc on his soul and on the lives of those around him. Gavin’s in-depth bio is definitive, tracing Baker’s career and his art in detail. Yet the volume feels like it belongs on the shelf next to such harrowing addiction tomes as William Burroughs’ Junky and Art Pepper’s Straight Life. Whether you read it as a character study of a titanic, troubled musician or as a lurid cautionary tale, Dream is a haunting prose poem that’s every bit as affecting as one of Baker’s solos.