Chet Baker: There Will Never Be Another You


There Will Never Be Another You


Chet Baker (trumpet)


Chet Baker Sings (Pacific Jazz 1222)

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Chet Baker (trumpet), Russ Freeman (piano), Carson Smith (bass), Bob Neel (drums).

Composed by Harry Warren & Mack Gordon


Recorded: Los Angeles, February 15, 1954


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

With jazz performers, we crave the person behind the persona. Usually what you see is what you get. Sometimes, though, it's Jekyll-&-Hyde. The seemingly mild-mannered bandleader turns out to be a tyrant. The happy-go-lucky singer throws herself off a bridge. Such was The Strange Case of Dr. Chet and Mr. Baker. In 1954, he looked like the choirboy who mows your lawn and calls you Sir/Ma'am. Behind the angelic fašade, however, lurked a vagabond junkie-in-waiting. This track (no pun intended) gives us the captivating, cup-muted choirboy on his best behavior. Hopefully, there will never be another Chet. Thankfully, there was one.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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