Artt Frank’s Double Celebration

artt frank-chet baker175tThe drummer Artt Frank is observing his 80th birthday and the impending publication of his memoir about work and friendship with Chet Baker (they are pictured together). On Frank’s website, Baker is quoted as saying, “Artt Frank is my all-time favorite drummer. He always seems to know where I’m going.” This performance from one of their 1981 gigs features impressive latterday blues playing by the trumpeter and highlights Frank’s propulsive brush work behind Baker.

For an appreciation of Frank that spun off a post about the pioneering drummer Tiny Kahn, see this piece from the early days of Rifftides.

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  1. Terence Smith says

    Happy Birthday!

    There are so many great Chet Baker performances. This one’s a real work of ARTT.

  2. Lucille Dolab says

    Thanks so much, Doug, for this fine tribute to Artt on his 80th birthday! Always a real treat to hear this slammin’ version by Chet and Artt!