This exceptional release contains the earliest single issue of the two dates recorded in Paris by the Great Chet Baker Quartet with pianist Richard Twardzik, bassist Jimmy Bond and drummer Peter Littman in October 1955. In addition to the nine original issue in LP our edition includes four bonus tracks from a concert given in Stuttgart the same month and year, with the same group plus local guest musicians: the baritone sax player Lars Gullin and the singer Caterina Valente.
Author Jack Chambers wrote about these recordings in his definitive book 'The Incomplete Works of Richard Twardzik' (2004): "These recordings may represent the apogee of Baker's talent as a pure musician."
01. Rondette (Zieff) 2:09
02. Mid-Forte (Zieff) 3:06
03. Sad Walk (Zieff) 4:13
04. Re-Search (Zieff) 4:57
05. Just Duo (Zieff) 4:10
06. Piece Caprice (Zieff) 5:08
07. Pomp (Zieff) 4:39
08. The Girl from Greeland (Twardzik) 5:13
09. Brash (Zieff) 5:53
10. Cool Blues (Parker) 3:11 (*) Bonus Track
11. Brash (Zieff) 4:30 (*) Bonus Track
12. Lover Man (Ramirez-Davies-Sherman) 5:22 (*) Bonus Track
13. I'll Remember April (DePaul-Rey-Johnston) 6:39 (*) Bonus Track
Total time: 59:40 min.
Chet Baker (trumpet), Richard Twardzik (piano), Jimmy Bond (bass), Peter Littman (drums). Added in #10-13: Lars Gullin (baritone sax), Caterina Valente (vocals).
Recorded in Paris and Stuttgart (*), October 1955
"On this CD the trumpeter is heard in a quartet with the ill-fated pianist Dick Twardzik and shows that his cool style actually had plenty of fire."
Scott Yanow -All Music Guide
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