Friday, August 18, 2017

Bobby Jaspar & His All Stars - Memory of Dick

Bobby Jaspar is in top form in this pair of sessions previously released in the 1980s on this Emarcy CD entitled Memory of Dick. The tenor saxophonist is joined by pianist René Urtreger, guitarist Sacha Distel, bassist Benoît Quersin, and drummer Jean-Louis Viale for this bop-oriented disc, which includes a sauntering take of Milt Jackson's "Bag's Groove," a revival of "Milestones" (an early gem by Miles Davis from his days with Charlie Parker), and a delightful romp through "You Stepped Out of a Dream." The Belgian leader puts his own stamp on a frenetic but brief arrangement of "A Night in Tunisia," but the most memorable track is "I'll Remember April," featuring his haunting flute in a captivating piano-less setting, which also has fine solos by Distel and Quersin. Jaspar's premature death in 1963 robbed the jazz world of a promising talent ; this disc is among his best efforts as a leader.
Ken Dryden

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Bobby Jaspar
Memory of Dick


1 Bags' Groove (Jackson)  4:46
2 Memory of Dick (Jaspar)  5:37
3 Milestones (Davis)  5:55
4 Minor Drops (Doppieters)  5:01
5 I'll Remember April (DePaul, Johnston, Raye)  5:46
6 You Stepped Out of a Dream (Brown, Kahn)  3:37
7 I Can't Get Started (Duke, Gershwin)  6:06
8 A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie, Paparelli)  4:06


Bobby Jaspar - fl [# 5] & ts
René Urtreger - p [# 6 & 5 out]
Sacha Distel - g [# 2 out]
Benoit Quersin - b
Jean-Louis Viale - dr

Recorded at Studio Pathé Magellan, Paris ; December 27 & 29, 1955
One of two Bobby Jaspar LPs put out on 1988 CDs, this set finds Jaspar playing in France shortly before he moved to the United States. Teamed with guitarist Sacha Distel, pianist René Urtreger, bassist Benoit Quersin and drummer Jean-Louis Viale, Jaspar (who plays flute on two songs) swings his way through six jazz standards, an obscurity and his own "Memory of Dick" (for the recently deceased pianist Dick Twardzik). The music is essentially straight-ahead bebop, the modern mainstream of the period.
Scott Yanow

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deGallo said...

Bobby Jaspar-Memory Of Dick...simply wonderful straight ahead jazz. Love the sound of the flute. Sacha Distel has that Tal Farlow sound although possessing his own distinctive style. "I Can't Get Started" is a favorite here, but that was hard to pick. Great album from beginning to end. Thank you.

Heervee said...

BJaspar: This is a good one. Thank You

the jazzman said...

Thank you. Seasons greetings.

Orbyt said...

Terrific post Mel, thank you. Always loved Jaspar, but having Distel sit in makes this essential.

All the very best to you in the New Year. Bonne Année!

hal atnikov said...

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Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

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Olde Edo said...

Glad to hear Bobby Jaspar and Sacha Distel. Much appreciated!

Kovina Kris said...

Looking forward to hearing this. Thank you Mel!

Anonymous said...

Many thank's but the links are expired

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hepcat said...

Many thanks, Mel.

sep troelstra said...

Thanks a lot!!

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you!!

musician3 said...

GREAT...............................THANK YOU VERY MUCH