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JAZZ PREVIEW Chet Baker Tribute

Chet Baker's power to fascinate an audience stretched much further than the usual jazz crowd, and is clearly continuing beyond the grave. The trumpeter's powerful combination of lyrical playing and movie-idol good looks made him a star on the SOs jazz scene, where he came to epitomise the fashionable cool jazz movement of the period.

His decline into heroin addiction, written all over the ravaged wreckage of those looks, provided rich material for Bruce Weber's compulsive documentary Let’s Get Lost, released in 1989, a year after Baker’s death. His archetypal rise and fall will soon be replayed on a screen near you, this time in a Hollywood biopic, with Leonardo DiCaprio in the leading role.

Musically, Baker remained a potent force through the worst of his travails and humiliations, and that is the aspect of his story which trumpeter Colin Steele and his collaborators will focus on in this tribute to both his imperishable trumpet work and his rather more controversial singing style. (Kenny Mathieson)

. Chet Baker Tribute (Fringe) Graffiti (Venue 90) 557 8330, 14-29 Aug, 9pm; 20 Aug, 70.30pm, E 7 (£5).

MUSIC PREVIEW Planet Pop: Week Two

It's a wonder I can write this, it really is, so shredded are my nerves from Monday’s Rico experience. Never in all me born days have I witnessed rancorous, arbitrary bile projected on a scale as wanton as this. Pity him. Fear him. Resist the temptation to laugh at his dreadlocks. For Rico, urban gladiator that he is, KNOWS things like dribble-bearded alcoholic tramps who claim to have been impregnated by aliens KNOW things and, accordingly, wants us to KNOW these things too. And what better medium with which to relay his Message Of Doom than turgid, elephantine funk- metal wank? Rico, and let there be no further debate over this, is as radical as day-old cheese.


Still, the rest of Planet Pop’s opening week was a blast and a half. The opening night party went off like a peach: Frank Satan was a hell-fire feast for the eyes and ears, the children boogied, the women swooned and a killer time was had by all. This week, get set for the forbiddingly hip US-alt- punk-disco of Cha Cha Cohen (Thu 12) with support from lo-fi-fiddIy-dee folk outfit Suckle (featuring ex-Vaseline Frances McKee) and Edinburgh country cats, The Zephyrs. Furthering the organisers’ claim that PP isn’t just an 'indie' festival are thrash-funk hippity- hopsters Monk and Canatella on Fri 13. Making their third appearance at Planet Pop are local tykes Magicdrive (Tue 17) who’ll be previewing material from their long-awaited Lithim debut. Finally, for those of you suffering from rock'n'roletreet theatre/crap stand-up hangovers, there's a chance to get pleasingly folked on Wed 18 with much-lauded fiddling folkstrel Eliza Carthy and, singing medieval ballads about being drunk and amorous up Arthur's Seat, the quietly lovely Appendix Out. This week should, if all goes according to plan, be more fun that a bathful of drunken monkeys. High praise indeed. (Paul Whitelaw)

JAZZ PREVIEW Bruce Mathiske

Australian guitarist Bruce Mathiske is nothing if not versatile. He cites his influences as country great Chet Atkins, jazz master Barney Kessel, bit- of-everything stylist Leo Kottke, blues giant 8.8. King, fusion star Robben Ford and the undervalued Canadian jazzman Lenny Breau. A typical set will find him moving freely between jazz, rock, classical, flamenco, and the New Age vein of his own compositions.

Mathiske grew up in a musical household, and took up guitar as a child, adding layers of classical, rock and jazz experience in his teens, picked up in both formal and informal contexts. While studying jazz guitar with Neville Kahn, he discovered the Chet Atkins, style of playing melody and bass simultaneously, and realised that ’if I could use that technique with my rock, classical and jazz influences, I’d found what I was looking for.’

His previous Scottish appearances have included the Dunoon and

V Folk” chick: Eliza Cathy