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Chet Baker Quartet

$50.90

This session, recorded at Studio Pathe-Magellan October 11 and 14, 1955 in Paris, is the first of three recordings released for the Barclay label between 1955 and 1956.
For his first recording-date in Paris Chet decided to tackle Bob Zieff’s compositions, the same ones that Dick Twardzik had picked up in a hurry at the Alvin Hotel on his way to board the liner Ile-de-France. Violonist Dick Wetmore had just recorded the eight tunes, and Bob Zieff had had just enough time to revise the arrangements.

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Chet neither a champion sight-reader nor a big fan of rehearsals, hadn’t yet played them in front of an audience. From that first French session only the reel referred to as a ‘production tape’ remains.
This ‘complete Bob Zieff’ gives an impression of unity that well matches the suite concept intended by the composer; as for “The Girl From Greenland”, its role comes as a codicil.
The record of Chet’s quartet with Twardzik has now appeared in Ben Ratliff’s book “Jazz, a Critic’s Guide to The 100 Most Important Recordings” (The New York Times Essential Library); it’s a fitting mention for an album that was long-unrecognised in the the United States …

Sam Records is a new company founded by Fred Thomas in 2011, so far devoted to reissuing jazz titles from the Barclays catalog. Just one look at the cover speaks volumes about the quality of the release. Thomas is using the original photography and the photo reproduction is magnificent, as is the mastering and fine pressing from Pallas.

 

1. Rohdette
2. Piece Caprice
3. Mid-forte
4. Re-Search
5. Pomp
6. Sad Walk
7. Just Duo
8. The Girl From Greeland
9. Brash

 

Additional information

Weight 0.480 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm