Carole King (featuring Wynton Marsalis): I Wasn't Gonna Fall In Love


I Wasn't Gonna Fall In Love


Carole King (vocals, piano)


Love Makes The World (RCD220072)

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Carole King (vocals, piano), Wynton Marsalis (trumpet),

Steven Tyler (backing vocals), C.J. Vanston (piano), Paul Brady (piano, electric piano, backing vocals), David Foster (piano, keyboards), Randy Waldman (keyboards), Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds (keyboards, backing vocals, guitar, drums), Gary Burr (acoustic guitar, backing vocals), Steve Hamilton Dean Parks (acoustic guitars, electric guitars), Rudy Guess, Michael Landau, Rusty Anderson, Paul Jackson, Jr. (electric guitars), Greg Wells (guitar, drums), Charlie Larkey, Nathan East, Armand Sabal-Lecco (basses), Russ Kunkel (drums), Michael Fisher, Duke Mushroom (percussion)


Composed by Carole King & Carole Bayer Sager


Recorded: Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY, circa 2001


Rating: 84/100 (learn more)

Wynton Marsalis's vast legacy isn't about to be diluted by a single appearance on a superstar pop artist's track. Still, I have to chuckle at this studio date, considering how Wynton famously got on his older brother Branford for touring with Sting some 15 years earlier.

The Carole King of 2001 wasn't quite the Carole King of Tapestry, although her distinctive vocals and knack for pop hooks never completely left her, either. The problem with this song lies mostly in overdone 1990s urban contemporary production values and sub-par lyrics. Marsalis's muted trumpet sounds pretty as he valiantly tries to play it around the dense layers of King's vocals, but frankly his talents are wasted. One gets the feeling that he was brought in to add another big name to a roster already overflowing with heavy hitters.

Big Brother was most likely amused by this turn of events. The rest of us can be relieved that it was an isolated one.

Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron


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