Together: The Complete Studio Recordings CD, Import
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By the time the two men came together in 1977, Che Baker was prematurely aged by the hard life he'd lived in the underworld of narcotics. He was badly beaten by gangsters in 1968 and lost most of his teeth. He had to give up the trumpet for some time and worked as a petrol station attendant. The delightful Paul Desmond was a gifted and humorous man whose only apparent failing was his inability to stay in one place for more than one night because he believed that a jealous husband was pursuing him around the world to kill him while he was on tour. The tracks here were recorded at two sessions in 1974 and 1977: "You Can't Come Home Again" is Desmond's last ever recording. It's interesting to hear the two men responding so well to the disciplined settings provided for them by CTI, the original record company. Both play with poise and relaxation and each produces some of his best work. This is essentially a poignant album full of good improvising on imaginatively chosen themes ("Concierto de Aranjuez"!) and despite the tendency of Bob James's electronic piano to tinkle, it doesn't interfere. James is only on two tracks, being replaced on the other five by Kenny Barron and Roland Hanna. Anyone who has this album will play it often. --Steve Voce
レビューを見て面白そうなので（しかも安いので）ついつい Chet Bakerの3枚のアルバムから5曲
Jim Hallのアルバムから2曲 1974年～1977年頃の Desmond と Baker が絡んでいる曲を集めた
アルバムですが 驚いたのはその面子！ この3名は言わずもがなですが Bassは全曲 Ron Carter
Piano Bob James, Kenny Barron and Roland Hanna そしてDrums は Steve Gadd と Tony Williams !!!!!
The remaining two tracks, " You'd be So Nice To Come Home To " and " Concierto De Aranjuez " are taken from guitarist Jim Hall's 1975 solo album titled " Concierto ".
The primary advantage of this CD is collecting all the known joint studio recordings of jazz giants Chet Baker and Paul Desmond with assist from an all star team of supporting players. The recording dates range between April 1975 and Feb. 1977. This time period finds Chet Baker in his second creative peak. He'd recently returned to the music scene after a prolonged sabbatical due to an altercation which required major dental surgery and prevented him from practicing his art. He literally had to relearn breathing and lip technique to, again, master his instrument. These recordings demonstrate a renewed confidence in his creative abilities.
Unfortunately for Paul Desmond, these recordings represent some of his final studio work prior to his untimely demise. How Deep Is The Ocean? "and "You Can't Go Home Again ", recorded in Feb. 1977 were finished one week prior to his death.
Two tracks, "Tangerine ` and "Autumn leaves" originate from the July 1974 session produced by the legendary jazz icon, Creed Taylor. The material was arranged by the multi talented Don Sebesky. In fact, Don is responsible for all seven brilliant arrangements contained on this CD. The 1974 session also includes the contributions of Bob James, Ron Carter and Steve Gadd.
Both these tracks contain strong leads from Baker and Desmond with some clever weaving as only these two artists could deliver. Bob James electric piano is an integral part of these recordings with Carter and Gadd providing the critical rhythm underpinnings.
The April 1975 session consists of "You'd Be So Nice To Home To "and the 19 minute "Concierto De Arajuez ". This was a Jim Hall led gig for tracks destined for his solo album titled, "Concierto". The supporting players are the same with the exception of Roland Hanna contributing keyboards in the absence of Bob James. Listening to Hall, Desmond and Baker tackle these two works is simply inspirational. The added contributions of the legendary supporting players, Carter, Gadd and Hanna on these numbers are immeasurable.
Special note should be given to their interpretation of "Concerto De Aranjuez". This is a exceptional piece created in 1939 by the blind Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo. It was inspired by the gardens at Palacio Real De Aranjuez. It's a concert in three movements and although the composer did not play guitar his work actually captures the essence of this instrument. There have been many jazz artists who've attempted to interpret this work in the last half of the twentieth century. Some of the better known and recommended are the Modern Jazz Quartet and Miles Davis with the assist of Gil Evans on his masterpiece, "Sketches Of Spain ".
In my opinion, Jim Hall, with the able assist of Baker and Desmond, have created a 19 minute masterpiece of their own. Listen to Hall's guitar interpretation, the softer he plays it the stronger the piece becomes.
The final three tunes, "You Can't Go Home Again ", How Deep is the Ocean / and "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You / You've changed ". Originate from the Feb. 1977 recording date. Kenny Barron, Ron Carter and Tony Williams provide absolutely flawless support. Chet demonstrates nice vocal chops on "How Deep Is The Ocean", demonstrating his voice has made a full recovery from the major dental surgery. The chemistry between Baker and Desmond on these sessions is breath taking. Desmond's playing gives no hint of his weakened condition. What would prove to be his final recorded work just one week from his death stands right along side his canon of legendary solo performances.
"Together, The Complete Studio Recordings" is a major part of the Chet Baker and Paul Desmond recording legacy. This CD should be a treasured addition to the collections of any fan of these two artists.
On songs numbered 1.)"Tangerine", and 6.)"Autumn Leaves", Chet Baker and Paul Desmond take relaxed solo turns, backed by Ron Carter on Bass, Bob James on Electric Piano, and Steve Gadd on Drums. Songs numbered 2.)"You Can't Go Home Again", 3.)"How Deep Is The Ocean", and 5.)"I'm Getting Sentimental Over You/You've Changed", have Chet Baker on Trumpet (and vocals on song number three), Paul Desmond on Alto Saxophone, Kenny Barron on Electric Piano, Ron Carter on Bass, and Tony Williams on Drums. Songs numbered 4.)"You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", and 7.)"Concierto De Aranjuez", have Chet and Paul backed by Jim Hall on Guitar, Roland Hanna on Piano, Ron Carter on Bass, and Steve Gadd on Drums.
All the songs are performed smoothly and confidently, with the performers blended into a seamless group. Recorded in 1974 and 1975 at Van Gelder Studios in NYC, and in 1977 at Sound Ideas Studios in NYC, this is a compilation album with songs taken from Chet Baker's albums: "She Was Too Good To Me", "You Can't Go Home Again", and "The Best Thing For You". Songs numbered 4.)"You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", and 7.)"Concierto De Aranjuez", were taken from Jim Hall's "Concierto" album. This is excellent, smooth jazz, all the way, with no filler music anywhere, and with no egos getting in the way looking for center stage recognition. The haunting songs "You Can't Go Home Again", and "Concierto De Aranjuez", will stay with you long after the album has ended. Five stars, all day long.
This CD is a massage for the soul. Three fingers of Talisker, four wheat thins with a small dab of blue Stilton, and one of my Siamest cats in my lap, purring.
Am I happy with this effort of music masters mostly gone?
I am more glad than ever that I saw them perform (albeit) in different venues and at different times, when I was a
young man, learning what was really important. And,...what was not.
Buy this and listen. Repeat as needed.