This CD includes the early steps of Bobby Jaspar as a jazz musician, when he started on clarinet and then tenor saxophone, as he formed the young award-winning Belgian band they called “Bob Shots” —the first in Europe to play “be-bop” back in 1947 under the guidance of Jaspar's influence, Don Byas. One year later he met Lucky Thompson onstage in an enriching experience, and he became his new inspiration. These two encounters helped Bobby grow musically in a way that would make him a success everywhere, a blend of styles that was a compromise between the turbulence of Thompson, Lester Young, Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis, etc., and the rhapsodic style of Byas and Hawkins.
Already as a professional in Paris in 1950, he adopted the new “cool” sound, influenced at the beginning by Warne Marsh and then later by his new aesthetic referent Stan Getz. “A pure sonority, like that of Getz, is preferable to an abortive imitation of the black sound,” Jaspar said. Jazz-Hot’s Lucien Malson said of Jaspar that he was “one of the few tenors in Europe who could compare to any of the white American tenor saxophonists and come out on top.”
Although the sound quality of these recordings is generally acceptable, it has issues at times and we haven’t been able to clean the original source as well as we would have liked. That said, they are still an exceptional document that not only puts in value the unforgettable Bobby Jaspar, but also reminds us of the origins of the best jazz generation to emerge from Belgium.
01. Oop Bop Sh’ Bam (Dizzy Gillespie) 2:29
02. Moonlight in Vermont (Blackburn-Suessdorf) 2:52
03. Anthropology (Charlie Parker) 5:05
04. Thelonious (Thelonious Monk) 1:32
05. Our Delight (Tadd Dameron) 2:46
06. Embraceable You (G. & I. Gershwin) 1:53
07. Wee-Dot (Johnson-Parker) 2:35
08. I Can’t Get Started (Duke-Gershwin) 2:37
09. When I Grow Too Old to Dream (Romberg-Hammerstein II) 2:34
10. Relaxin’ at Camarillo (Charlie Parker) 2:55
11. Jack the Hipster (Jack Sels) 2:34
12. That’s My Desire (Kresa-Loveday) 2:43
13. Boppin’ at the Doge (Francis Coppieters) 2:32
14. Embraceable You (G. & I. Gershwin) 1:56
15. Boppin’ for Haig (Bobby Jaspar) 2:39
16. Pastel Blue (Shavers-Shaw, arr. P.Robert) 2:50
17. Tenderly (Gross-Lawrence) 2:48
18. If I Had You (King-Shapiro) 2:16
19. Bobby’s Beep (Bobby Jaspar) 2:50
20. How About (Bobby Jaspar) 3:01
21. Don’t Be That Way (Goodman-Sampson-Parish) 3:17 *
22. I’ve Found a New Baby (Williams-Johnson) 2:10 *
23. Ain’t Misbehavin (Waller-Brooks) 3:06 *
24. Things Ain’t What They Used to Be (Ellington-Mercer) 3:00 *
25. Body and Soul (Green-Heyman-Sour-Eyton) 3:38 *
Total time: 70:12 min.
(*) Bonus Tracks
Tracks #1 & 2: 78 rpm Olympia 5302
Track #3: Private tape
Tracks #4-10: Private paper tape
Tracks #11 & 12: 78 rpm Pacific 2323
Tracks #13 & 14: 78 rpm Pacific 2325
Tracks #15 & 16: 78 rpm Pacific 2326
Track #17: 78 rpm Saturne 3005
Track #18: 78 rpm Saturne 3006
Tracks #19 & 20: 78 rpm Vogue 5097
Tracks #21 & 22: 78 rpm Continental Acetate
Tracks #23 & 24: 78 rpm Liège Experimental Acetate
Track #25: Private paper tape
Tracks #1-2: THE BOB SHOTS
Jean Bourguignon, trumpet; Bobby Jaspar, clarinet & tenor sax; Jacques Pelzer, alto sax; Jean-Marie Vandresse, piano; Pierre Robert, guitar; Charles Libon, bass; André Putsage, drums.
Recorded in Brussels, February 10, 1947
Track #3: JEAN LECLÈRE / BOB SHOTS ORCHESTRA
Herman Sandy, trumpet; Bobby Jaspar, tenor sax; Jacques Pelzer, alto sax; Jean Leclère, piano; Sadi, vibes; Pierre Robert, guitar; Vic Geets, bass; Geo Steene, drums.
Recorded at the Festival de Jazz de Nice, February 1948
Tracks #4-10: THE BOB SHOTS
Jean Bourguignon, trumpet; Bobby Jaspar, tenor sax; Jacques Pelzer, alto sax; Jean-Marie Vandresse, piano; Pierre Robert, guitar, vocals (#4); Georges Leclercq, bass; André Putsage, drums.
Recorded in Liège, July 1948
Tracks #11-16: THE BOB SHOTS
Jean Bourguignon, trumpet; Bobby Jaspar, tenor sax; Jacques Pelzer, alto sax; Pierre Robert, guitar; Francy Boland, piano; Sadi, vibes, vocals (#12 & 14); Georges Leclercq, bass; John Ward, drums.
Recorded in Paris, May 16-17, 1949
Tracks #17-20: BOBBY JASPAR QUARTET
Bobby Jaspar, tenor sax; Henri Renaud, piano; Pierre Michelot, bass; Pierre Lemarchand, drums.
Recorded in Paris, May 5 and November 1951
Tracks #21-22: ORCHESTRE DU COSMOPOLITE
Bobby Jaspar, clarinet; Vicky Thunus, piano (#21); Oscar Arvedson, guitar (#21); Paul Dubois, bass, piano (22); JeanPierre Ackermans, drums.
Recorded in Brussels, Hôtel Cosmopolite, January 1945 (Acetate Continental)
Tracks #23-24: THE BOB SHOTS
Armand Bilak, trumpet; Bobby Jaspar, clarinet & tenor sax; Jacques Pelzer, alto sax; Sadi, piano & vocals (#23); Pierre Robert, guitar; Charles Libon, bass; André Putsage, drums.
Recorded in the Liège Expérimental Studio, Liège 1946
Track #25: BOBBY JASPAR QUARTET
Bobby Jaspar, tenor sax; René Thomas, guitar; Sadi, vibes; Georges Leclercq, bass.
Recorded in Liège 1948
Special thanks to Jean-Pol Schroeder and the Maison du Jazz de Liège for their help in making this project possible.
Remastered by Marc Doutrepont
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
Mono · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered