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CLARINESCAPADE” Bobby Jaspar first leader work”

October 26,2017

In 1950, Bobby Jaspar moved to Paris, and became one of the center figures of Modern Jazz in Paris.

In those days he was briefly married to Blossom Dearie before moving to NYC.

In 1956 They settled in New York.

Blossom Dearie and husband Bobby Jaspar by courtesy of Blossom Dearie HP Photo Gallery

Fortunately he recorded a precious leader album in November 1956.

His composition “In a Little Provincial Town” is a song related to his home town “Liège”.

1950年Bobby Jasparはパリに移りモダンジャズの中心人物の1人になりました。
当時、ニューヨークから来ていたBlossom Dearieと結婚していました。
1956年に二人はニューヨークに移り住みました。
J.J.Johnsonに雇われる前後に貴重なリーダー作品を録音していました。
「In a Little Provincial Town」は彼の故郷「Liège」に因んだ曲です。
下記3曲はクラリネット・フルート・テナーでソロを演奏しています。

Here is Bobby Jaspar Quartet play “Clarinescapade”.
Bobby Jaspar(cl),Tommy Flanagan(p), Nabil Totah(b), Elvin Jones(ds)
November, 1956 NYC

Here is Bobby Jaspar Quintet play “In A Little Provincial Town”.
Bobby Jaspar(fl) Eddie Costa(p), Barry Galbraith(g), Milt Hinton(b), Osie Johnson(ds)
November, 1956 NYC

Here is Bobby Jaspar Quartet play “I Remember You”.
Bobby Jaspar(ts),Tommy Flanagan(p), Nabil Totah(b), Elvin Jones(ds)
November, 1956 NYC

Bobby Jaspar(5)

August 13. 2017

Blossom Dearie and husband Bobby Jaspar by courtesy of Blossom Dearie HP Photo Gallery

Bobby Jaspar had many recordings in US and Eurrope.

From 1961 to 1962 he came back for one year to Europe giving many concerts in several countries, and making some of his last recordings.

Unfortunately he passed away by complications following an open-heart surgery operation.

He died in New York on Feb. 28, 1963, he was 37 years old.

Finally, I will  briefly introduce a few representative recordings of Bobby Jaspar.

Bobby Jasparはアメリカだけでなくヨーロッパでも多くのレコーディングを行なっています。

1961年から1962年ヨーロッパ各国で行なったコンサートが彼の最後レコーデイングになっています。

帰国後、心臓発作後の心臓バイパス手術時(1963年2月28日)の合併症で容態が悪化し、1963年3月4日、享年37歳で早逝しました。

最後に、簡単にBobby Jasparの代表的なアルバムを紹介して今回の投稿を終わりたいと思います。

Here is Bobby Jaspar plays “There will never be another you”.
Martial Solal(p), Pierre Michelot(b),Kenny Clarke(ds),Sacha Distel(g), Bobby Jaspar(fl) (1957)

Here is Donald BYRD with Bobby Jaspar play ”Dear old Stockholm”.
Donald Byrd (tp),Bobby Jaspar (fl),Walter Davis Jr(p),Doug Watkins (b),Art Taylor (dr) October 22, 1958,

Here is Donald Byrd quintet Cannes 1958
Donald Byrd (tp),Bobby Jaspar (fl),Walter Davis Jr(p),Doug Watkins (b),Art Taylor(dr) Live in Cannes in 1958

Here is Blossom Dearie with Bobby Jaspar play “L’étang”.
Blossom Dearie(Vo, P),Kenny Burrell(g), Ray Brown(b), Ed Thigpen(ds) ,Bobby Jaspar(fl)   May 21-22, 1959

Bobby Jaspar(2)

August 9. 2017

rené-thomas-bobby-jaspar-archief-mon-devoghelaere

 Bobby Jaspar and René Thomas by courtesy of Mon Devoghelaere

Tenor saxophonist and flutist Bobby Jaspar was born 20 February 1926 in Liege, Belgium.

He learned the piano and to play the clarinet in his teens.

Then he played tenor saxophone with Toots Thielemans in Belgium.

Mr. Thielemans, right, and Benny Goodman play each other’s instruments around 1948. Mr. Thielemans toured with Goodman’s big band. Credit Metronome, via Getty Images

In 1950, he moved to Paris, and becomes one of the center figures of Modern Jazz in Paris.

In 1951 he recorded with Henri Renaud and then played with touring Americans, including Jimmy Raney, Chet Baker.

In terms of private life he was briefly married to Blossom Dearie before moving to NYC.

Blossom Dearie moved to Paris in 1952.

She formed a vocal group, the Blue Stars and where she met Bobby Jaspar.

I would like to post on Blossom’s activities in Paris on another occasion.

In 1956 he settled in New York.

Blossom Dearie and husband Bobby Jaspar by courtesy of Blossom Dearie HP Photo Gallery

Bobby Jasparは1926年2月20日、ベルギーのリエージュという町で生まれました。

リエージュは古くから交易の中継地として栄え、西ヨーロッパの十字路と呼ばれていました。こちらをクリックして下さい。

幼少時にピアノを学び、10代になってクラリネットを演奏し始めました。

その後、テナーサックスも習得し、同じベルギー出身のToots Thielemansと共演していました。

1950年、その当時モダンジャズが勃興していたパリに移り、ジャズ界の中心人物の1人として頭角を現してきました。

1951年、Henri Renaud と初レコーデイングを行い、当時パリにツアーに来ていたJimmy Raneyや Chet Bakerとも演奏の機会を持ちました。

私生活においてBlossom Dearieと短期間ですが結婚していました。

簡単に記述します。

1952年、Blossom Deareeはボーカルグループ「The Blue Stars」を結成し、パリで音楽活動を開始しました。その頃Bobby Jasparと出会ったそうです。

パリでのBlossomの活動については別の機会に投稿したいと思います。

1956年、Bobby Jasparはニューヨークに活動の場所を求めました。

Here is Bobby Jaspar with Henri Renaud play “Jeepers Creepers”.

Bobby Jaspar(ts),Jimmy Gourley(g),Henri Renaud(p),Benoît Quersin(b),Jean Louis Vialle(ds)

Paris , May 22, 1953.

Here is Bobby Jaspar and Sacha Distel Quintette play “Milestones”.

Bobby Jaspar (ts), René Urteger (p), Sascha Distel (g), Benoit Quersin (b), Jean-Louis Viale (ds)  Paris, December 29, 1955

Here is   Blossom Dearie and  the Blue Stars sing “Lullaby Of Birdland”.

The Blue Stars (1952–1955) included Michel Legrand’s sister, Christiane, and Bob Dorough.

“Lullaby of Birdland” arranged by Michel Legrand.

The Blue Stars would later evolve into The Swingle Singers

Here is Blossom Dearie featuring Bobby Jaspar play “Autumn In New York”.

Blossom Dearie (p), Bobby Jaspar (fl), Benoit Quersin (b), Christian Garros (ds)

Paris, January 16, 1956

Lorenz Hart(3) 〜’Thou Swell’

May 04.2016

‘Thou Swell’ was written by Richard Rodgers, with words by Lorenz Hart in 1927.

Thou swell, thou witty, thou sweet, thou grand
Wouldst kiss me pretty, would hold my hand
Both thine eyes are cute too, what they do to me
Hear me holler, I choose a sweet lollapaloosa in thee

I’d feel so rich in a hut for two
Two rooms, a kitchen, I’m sure would do
Give me not a lot of just a plot of land
And thou swell, thou witty, thou grand

Thou swell, thou witty, thou sweet, thou grand
Wouldst kiss me pretty, would hold my hand
Hear me holler, I choose a sweet lollapaloosa in thee

Well, I’d feel so rich in a hut for two
Two rooms and a kitchen I’m sure would do
Give me not a lot of just a plot of land
And thou swell, thou witty and thou sweet, thou pretty
Thou swell, thou sweet, thou witty, thou grand

‘Words and Music (1948)’ was produced by MGM.

June Allyson sings and dances to ‘Thou Swell’ with twin “knights”.


Bix Beiderbecke joined the hugely popular Paul Whiteman Orchestra in the late 1920s.

He recorded ‘Thou Swell’ with Paul Whiteman Orchestra April 1928.

About Blossom Dearie,please refer to her official website.

http://bdearie.wix.com/bd#!

 


Stan Getz Quintet at Storyville(1951)

Stan Getz (tenor sax), Al Haig (piano), Jimmy Raney (guitar), Teddy Kotick (bass), Tiny Kahn (drums)

Toshiko Akiyoshi Trio (1956)

Toshiko Akiyoshi (piano), Oscar Pettiford (bass), Roy Haynes (drums)