Wolfgang Lackerschmid and Chet Baker: Welcome Back

Welcome Back ()

Wolfgang Lackerschmid and Chet Baker

Welcome Back ()


Release date: February 24th, 2023

Welcome Back is also available for download here.


After many joint live performances and two record albums, this is the third document of the musical collaboration of Wolfgang Lackerschmid and the trumpet player Chet Baker. 

At the end of August 1987, this very remarkable CD was recorded and contains eight original compositions by Lackerschmid, a “must” for all Baker fans and for those who like to listen to good jazz. As in their previous albums Quintet Sessions 1979 and Ballads for Two, the musical pattern ranges from ballads to latin rhythms. 

“Welcome Back” finds Baker in exquisite form. The very lyrical compositions blend with Chet’s “feeling” and his renowned, unobtrusively soft performance. 

While we can still anticipate more beautiful compositions from Wolfgang Lackerschmid, Chet Baker died tragically in Amsterdam on May 13, 1988.

The recorded performances are a wonderful though painful memory of an extraordinary great musician, who was unique in his own way.


1. Welcome Back (3.55)

2. Why Shouldn’t You Cry (5:44)

3. Pitztal Daybreak (6:30)

4. Christmas Waltz (7:39)




1. Try It Dry (6:05)

2. Volta Trais (5:02)

3. Glorias Answer (5:29)

4. Waltz For Berlin (7:15)


Wolfgang Lackerschmid – vibraphone

Chet Baker – trumpet

Nicola Stylo – flute, (guitar on Waltz For Berlin)

Günter Lenz – bass


Rocky Knauer – bass

Peri dos Santos – guitar

Edir dos Santos – drums

Recorded by Anton Loibl, Loya Studio

Mixed by Wolfgang Städele, Studio 80

Mastered by Lou Gimenez

Produced by Jerry Roche

Cover Art by Dani Mari

Photo by Werner G. Lengenfelder

all compositions by Wolfgang Lackerschmid (GEMA)