If he thought the audience was not attentive enough he paused and waited for the racket to stop.
Of his musicians he expected something similar, a kind of tonal asceticism.
It is easy for a pianist to shine - the instrument has a large range, and with a good technique you can play faster than on most other instruments. Sometimes I could be overwhelmed by my pianistic fervour.
I remember that once, during a concert, I played a rather virtuosic interlude. Chet took the microphone and said, in front of the audience: "Hey Michel, what do you want to prove by that?"
That's the kind of lesson you'll never forget!Michel Graillier from "Jazz Magazine", July / August 1990
«Live From The Moonlight»
Catalog# 214 W 10/11
Format: 2 LP
Recorded in Macerata, 24 November, 1985
Chet Baker (trumpet, vocal),
Michel Graillier (piano), Massimo Moriconi (bass)
A1) Polka Dots and Moonbeans - 13'24"
A2) Night Bird - 12'02"
C2) How Deep is the Ocean - 10'14"
D2) My Funny Valentine [inc.] - 11'54"