Chet Baker (tp), Bobby Jaspar (ts), Benny Vasseur (tb), William Boucaya (bs), Dick Twardzik, René Urtreger, Raymond Fol, Francy Boland (p), Jimmy Bond, Benoit Quersin (b), Peter Littman, Jean-Louis Viale (d)
This deluxe, boxed set 2-CD collection presents all of the studio session master-takes made during Chet Bakers first European tour in 1955 and 1956. The 1st two of these sessions featured the splendid pianist Dick Twardzik, who would die in Paris from a drug overdose soon after the recordings were made.
The band arrived in Paris in September 55 - Dick Twardzik was 24, Jimmy Bond was 22, Peter Littman only 20 and Baker, for all his achievements, was just 25 - with his good looks still intact. It was the first time any of them had traveled outside North America.
Also involved in these European sessions were tenor sax Bobby Jaspar, and pianists René Urtreger, Raymond Fol, and Francy Boland. While on the five bonus tracks recorded in Los Angeles and arranged by Johnny Mandel, the personnel included: Bud Shank, Charlie Mariano, Pepper Adams and Russ Freeman.
36 tracks in all with splendid sound quality and new and careful 20-bit re-mastering.
01. RONDETTE (2:11)
02. MID-FORTE (3:08)
03. SAD WALK (4:14)
04. RE-SEARCH (5:00)
05. JUST DUO (4:12)
06. PIECE CAPRICE (5:12)
07. POMP (4:42)
08. THE GIRL FROM GREENLAND (5:16)
09. BRASH (5:53)
10. SUMMERTIME (4:16)
11. YOU GO TO MY HEAD (5:54)
12. TENDERLY (6:39)
13. LOVER MAN (4:52)
14. THERES A SMALL HOTEL (3:48)
15. AUTUMN IN NEW YORK (7:06)
16. THESE FOOLISH THINGS (4:41)
Total time: 77:14 min.
01. ILL REMEMBER APRIL (5:51)
02. CHET (3:10)
03. DINAH (3:03)
04. V-LINE [First Version] (3:02)
05. ALONE TOGETHER (3:53)
06. EXITUS (8:31)
07. ONCE IN A WHILE (5:33)
08. CHEKEETAH (6:03)
09. HOW ABOUT YOU (4:29)
10. ANTICIPATED BLUES (2:30)
11. TASTY PUDDING (4:44)
12. MYTHE (3:02)
13. NOT TOO SLOW (2:56)
14. V-LINE [Second Version] (2:56)
15. IN A LITTLE PROVINCIAL TOWN (3:00)
16. MY FUNNY VALENTINE (2:19) (*) Bonus Track
17. THERELL NEVER BE ANOTHER YOU (2:58) (*) Bonus Track
18. JUST FRIENDS (2:42) (*) Bonus Track
19. LET ME BE LOVED (2:13) (*) Bonus Track
20. LETS GET LOST (3:42) (*) Bonus Track
Total time: 76:47 min.
These sessions were originally released in three LPs and one EP on the French label Barclay. Reissued by Polygram in CD in 1989 under the EmArcy logo.
- "Rondette" (Barclay BLP 84009).
- "Summertime" (Barclay BLP 84017).
- "Alone Together" (Barclay BLP 84042).
- "Chet Baker Octet" (Barclay BEP 74020).
- "Chet Baker in Paris, Vol.1: Featuring Dick Twardzik" (EmArcy 837474-2).
- "Chet Baker in Paris, Vol.2: Everything Happens to Me" (EmArcy 837475-2).
- "Chet Baker in Paris, Vol.3: Cheryl" (EmArcy 837476-2).
CD 1, tracks #1-9: Chet Baker (tp), Dick Twardzik (p), Jimmy Bond (b) and Peter Littman (d). Recorded in Paris, France, October 11 (tracks 1-5) & October 14 (tracks 6-9), 1955.
CD 1, tracks #10-16 & CD 2, track #1: Chet Baker (tp), Gérard Gustin (p), Jimmy Bond (b) and Nils-Bertil Dahlander (d). Paris, France, October 24, 1955.
CD 2, tracks #2-4: Chet Baker (tp), Benny Vasseur (tb), Jean Aldegon (as), Armand Migiani (ts), William Boucaya (bar), René Urtreger (p), Jimmy Bond (b) and Nils-Bertil Dahlander (d). Paris, France, October 25, 1955.
CD 2, tracks #5-7: Chet Baker (tp), Raymond Fol (p), Benoit Quersin (b) and Jean-Louis Viale (d). Paris, France, November 28, 1955.
CD 2, tracks #8-9: Chet Baker (tp), Bobby Jaspar (ts), René Urtreger (p), Benoit Quersin (b) and Jean-Louis Viale (d). Paris, France, December 26, 1955.
CD 2, tracks #10-11: Chet Baker (tp), Jean-Louis Chautemps (ts), Francy Boland (p), Eddie de Haas (b) and Charles Saudrais (d). Paris, France, February 10, 1956.
CD 2, tracks #12-15: Benny Vasseur (tb), Teddy Ameline (as), Armad Migiani (ts), William Boucaya (bar), Francy Boland (p), Benoit Quersin (b) and Pierre Lemarchand (d). Paris, France, March 15, 1956.
(*) Bonus tracks:
CD 2, tracks #16-17: Chet Baker (tp, vcl), Russ Freeman (p), Carson Smith (b), Bob Neel (d). Recorded in Los Angeles, on February 15, 1954.
CD 2, tracks #18 & 20: Same as above. Recorded in Los Angeles, on March 7, 1955.
CD 2, track #19: Chet Baker (tp, vcl), Don Fagerquist, Ray Linn (tp), Milt Bernhart (tb), Bud Shank (as,fl), Charlie Mariano (as), Herbie Steward (ts), Bill Holman (ts,arr), Pepper Adams (ts), Claude Williamson (p), Monty Budwig (b), Mel Lewis (d), Johnny Mandel (arr). Recordde in Los Angeles, on November 8, 1956.
-Chet Baker in Paris, Vol. 1: Featuring Dick Twardzik
"Chet Baker's first trip to Paris had its share of twists. His regular pianist, Russ Freeman, was unavailable, so the promising young player Dick Twardzik was recruited. Unfortunately, a few weeks after the quartet arrived, Twardzik was found dead in his hotel room from a heroin overdose. Baker still had bookings to honor, so he recruited French pianist René Urtreger and drummer Bert Dahlander to replace Peter Littman (who had returned to the U.S.). The first of four volumes includes all of the selections recorded for Barclay that feature the Baker quartet with Twardzik; all but one were composed by Bob Zieff, enjoyable pieces but hardly expected to become a part of the jazz canon. Twardzik plays a little bit of celeste at the beginning of his composition "The Girl from Greenland," which has some more adventurous chord progressions than Zieff's material. The later group with Urtreger adds two horns, alto saxophonist Jean Aldegon, and trombonist Benny Vasseur, which doesn't sound like a pickup group at all. The extra horns take some pressure off the leader, while the final piece, "In Memory of Dick" was contributed by Belgian saxophonist Bobby Jaspar (who would also die prematurely at a young age). If the Baker-Twardzik group had been able to work together for an extended period, it might have produced compelling music."
Ken Dryden -All Music Guide
-Chet Baker in Paris, Vol. 2: Everything Happens to Me
"The second in a four-CD series that documents his first trip to Europe has the studio sides from two separate sessions in which the trumpeter was teamed with French rhythm sections. The music (all but one are standards) finds Baker in top early form, making this cool-toned bop music well worth hearing."
-Chet Baker in Paris, Vol. 3: Cheryl
"The third of four CDs in this valuable series continues the documentation of Baker's first trip to Europe with three interesting sessions. Baker is teamed with tenor-saxophonist Bobby Jaspar and pianist Rene Urtreger for four selections, interacts with the tenor of Jean-Louis Chautemps and pianist Francy Boland on the next four songs and is finally heard with a fine French octet. Throughout this entire series, the trumpeter is in fine form."
Both by Scott Yanow -All Music Guide