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Chet Baker & His Quintet Audiophile edition

Chet Baker

Chet Baker & His Quintet Audiophile edition

In answer to an offer from Nicole Barclay, Chet Baker arrived in Paris early in September 1955. On the 22nd or maybe the 23rd he signed a contract to make seven records... (The figure was later erased and replaced by 'three', which turned out to be correct).

Released after the trumpeters return to the USA, this last volume was construed as rather a poor relation opposite the others in the trilogy, all the more so because, hurriedly drafted, the sleeve-notes did little to render unto Caesar the things which were Caesars. Unlike the earlier opuses, this one was in no way a concept-album: it contented itself with a simple overview of Chets Parisian associations, depending on where his fancies took him in the course of his stay.

When Chet entered the Studio Pathé-Magellan on October 25th, only one member of his original accompanying trio was still present: pianist Dick Twardzik had died of an overdose, and drummer Peter Littman had returned home after selling his kit for whatever it would fetch. Jimmy Bond and his contrabass, however, were both still there, and in the ensuing octet session Chets melodic gifts were magnified by (remarkable) scores penned by Pierre Michelot Chet, Dinah and Christian Chevalier (Vline). The three pieces were mini-concertos, and the trumpeter loved them so much that he decided to do them again back in America ... but not so successfully. On November 28th Chet went back into the same studio, this time with Raymond Fol on piano, Benoît Quersin on bass and Jean-Louis Viale on drums. They recorded two improvisations: the first was based on a 1932 standard from Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz, "Alone Together", while the second began with "Exitus", a composition written by one of Bakers friends, Phil Urso.

The performances are among the most beautiful that Chet produced during this period, along with "Chekeeta" or Chik-Etah and "How about You?" which put the seal on a partnership that had first come to light at the Club Saint-Germain, temporarily rechristened for the occasion: »Every Saturday and Sunday afternoon from 16h30 to 19h30 at the Barclays Club 13 rue Saint-Benoît, Paris Bobby Jaspar Quintet with American trumpeter Chet Baker«, read the sign. The format was stylistically ideal, leading Chet to abandon the quartet format hed preferred up until then. To respect his next bookings, Chet had to get a stable band together, and as his pianist he chose Raph Schecroun later known as Errol Parker who was himself replaced by Francy Boland. Alongside him were bassist Eddie de Haas, whod previously been with Martial Solal and Henri Renaud (the latter, in the adventure, also lost his regular drummer, Charles Saudrais, who was just seventeen.

According to Jean-Louis Chautemps, »When Bobby Jaspar couldnt do it or just wanted too much, they looked for someone cheaper; and that was me. There wasnt really an audition: we were in the Tabou, I played with Chet, he said OK and, two days later, we found ourselves in Reykjavik, Iceland.« The tune "Tasty Pudding" written by Al Cohn and "Anticipated Blues", one of the rare pieces Chet claimed to have written, were in the repertoire played by this last Baker-led formation on the Old Continent.

Both pieces, once again, moved Pierre Michelot to pass judgement: »With ordinary means, Chet managed to play phrases of extraordinary beauty with simplicity and clarity.«

Chet Baker (tp), Benny Vasseur (tb); Bobby Jaspar, Jean-Louis Chautemps (ts); Rene Urtreger, Francy Boland (p); Jimmy Bond, Benoit Quersin, Eddie De Haas (b); Nils-Bertil Dahlander, Charles Saudrais (dr); u.a.


Mídia Música     VINIL     LP   (Vinil)
Lançado December 2, 2013
EAN/UPC 3700409812880
Gravadora SAM SAM84042
Genre Jazz
Dimensões 300 g   (Peso (estimado))
Antal tracks 10

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