Monday, June 13, 2016

Bobby Jaspar & His Modern Jazz

A fine bop-oriented soloist equally skilled on his cool-toned tenor and flute, Bobby Jaspar's early death from a heart ailment was a tragic loss. As a teenager, he played tenor in a Dixieland group with Toots Thielemans in Belgium. He recorded with Henri Renaud (1951 and 1953) and played with touring Americans, including Jimmy Raney, Chet Baker (1955), and his future wife Blossom Dearie. In 1956, Jaspar moved to New York, where he worked with J.J. Johnson, was briefly with Miles Davis (1957), and with Donald Byrd. He mostly freelanced during the remainder of his career. Bobby Jaspar recorded for Swing, Vogue, and Barclay while in Paris, and led dates for Prestige and Riverside in the U.S. during 1957.
Scott Yanow

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Bobby Jaspar
His Modern Jazz


1 A Foggy Day in London Town (Gershwin)  2:57
2 Coraline (Boland)  2:39
3 Blossom (Jaspar)  3:48
4 Paradoxe 1 (Hodeir)  2:32
5 Mad about the Boys (Smith)  3:36
6 Kabasoutra (Boland)  2:39
7 Sweet and Lovely (Arnheim, Tobias)  3:03
8 Awèvalet (Jaspar)  3:44
9 You took Advantage of Me (Rodgers, Hart)  2:36
10 Easy to Love (Porter)  2:38
11 Sanguine (Crolla)  2:35
12 Jeux de Quartes (Jaspar)  2:57
13 Hornpipe (Jaspar)  2:58
14 More than You Know (Rose, Eliscu, Youmans)  2:44
15 Early Wake (Sadi)  3:47
16 Honky Tonky (Jaspar)  3:01
17 There's a Small Hotel (Rodgers, Hart)  3:22
18 Nory's Kick (Coppi)  2:30
19 All the things you are (Kern)  2:30
20 Hikueru (Jaspar)  2:59
21 Too Marvelous for Words (Whiting, Mercer)  3:09
22 There's a Small Hotel (Rodgers, Hart)  3:44
23 All the Things You Are (Kern)  3:09


[# 1-8] Bobby Jaspar and His Modern Jazz
Bobby Jaspar - ts & fl
Roger Guérin - tp & tub
Bib Monville - ts
Maurice Vander - p
Pierre Michelot - b
Jean-Louis Viale - dr
Recorded in Paris ; January 12, 1954
[# 9-10] Bobby Jaspar and His Modern Jazz
Buzz Gardner - tp
Bobby Jaspar - ts
Roger Guérin - tp
Nat Peck - tb
Jean Aldegon - as & b cl
Armand Mignani - bs
Pierre Michelot - b
André Jourdan - dr
Recorded in Paris ; October 12, 1954
[# 11-16] Bobby Jaspar and His Modern Jazz
Same as before except
Gérard Pochonet - dr
Sadi - vb [on # 12 & 15 only]
Recorded in Paris ; October 12, 1954
[# 17-23] Bobby Jaspar Quartet
Bobby Jaspar - ts
Sacha Distel - g
Guy Pedersen - b
André "Mac Kac" Reilles - dr
Recorded in Paris ; April 20, 1955


swingingduck said...

I dig Bobby Jaspar very much, as other giants of European jazz, such as Guerin, Michelot, Pouchnet & Distel.
Many thanks Mel.

Morris said...

This is another great Vogue CD. Thank you for sharing it!

I having been looking for the three Clifford Brown Vogue CDs for a while. Would you have those by chance?


Orbyt said...

Really enjoy your Jaspar posts as he seems to be not that well known. Thank you Mel.

neil said...

A fitting complement to 'Bobby Jasper Modern Jazz au club St-Germain', GITANES 159 941 - 2.
Many thanks, Mel!

cheeba said...

Thanks Mel!

To chime in on Orbyt's observation, I was totally unaware of Jaspar until I dug into Herbie Mann's catalogue and heard the two sides they did together.

Meant to go and check more out this one popped up and prompted me to actually do it. Thanks for giving me an opportunity to learn more!

Anonymous said...

very very fine

thank you

L.O.L. said...

thx Mel

cvllos said...

Thank you, Melanchthon

rm said...

merci beaucoup

CrunchyFrog said...

awesome! thanks

Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank you.

Chris said...

Thanks yet again Mel for more from Bobby Jaspar

Historicus said...


AmyBRAINS said...

Great post, Melanchthon.
Many, many thanks.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you Mel!