Chet Baker: You Can't Go Home Again


You Canít Go Home Again


Chet Baker (trumpet)


You Canít Go Home Again (A&M CD 0805)

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Chet Baker (trumpet), Paul Desmond (alto sax), Kenny Barron (piano), Ron Carter (bass), Tony Williams (drums),

Don Sebesky (electric piano), and a 12 piece string orchestra


Composed by Don Sebesky


Recorded: New York, February and May, 1977


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

  Chet Baker, artwork by Michael Symonds

Don Sebesky takes composer credit here Ė and also handles arranging, conducting and electric piano duties Ė but the song is based on the slow movement of Rachmaninovís second piano concerto. (Eric Carmen borrowed the same theme for his pop hit ďNever Gonna Fall in Love Again," released one year before the Baker LP.) This is a classic track by any measure; however, I would have preferred this performance without the string orchestra. Do you really need to enhance a rhythm section built around Ron Carter, Tony Williams and Kenny Barron? Baker delivers a top notch solo here, but Desmond steals the show with one of the most incisive improvisations I have ever heard. The altoist would be dead, from lung cancer, before the album was released, and he hardly had enough breath for his brief solo. But he makes every note count in this moving swan song.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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