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The Gig: Dream of Life

“It was a dream,” says Chet Baker, in a whispery and faraway tone. “Things like that don’t happen. Just to very few.” Arriving near the end of Bruce Weber’s strange and impressionistic film Let’s Get Lost, the scene and its sentiment feel emblematic. Baker is reflecting on the recent experience of shooting the film, but his words could easily apply to the greater haze of his life and career.

Let’s Get Lost is a documentary that feels like fiction, thanks to the combined contribution of Weber, an icon-savvy photographer, and Baker, an incorrigible self-mythologist.

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Nate Chinen

Nate Chinen

Nate Chinen is the director of editorial content for WBGO and a longtime contributor to JazzTimes, which published 125 installments of his column “The Gig” between 2004 and 2017. For 12 years, he was a critic for The New York Times; prior to that, he wrote about jazz for the Village Voice, the Philadelphia City Paper, and several other publications. He is the author of Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century (2018) and the co-author of George Wein’s autobiography Myself Among Others: A Life in Music (2003).