Tag Archives: Jimmy Raney

Bobby Jaspar(2)

August 9. 2017

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 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

Don Schlitten (5)

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Don Schlitten produced superb live recording in Tokyo in April 1976.

Please refer to website.GO here

Why did he had produced live recording in Japan?

I guess that Japanese jazz fan much prefered bebop standard to jazz fusion in those days.

About Xanadu label I recommend the following radio program.GO here

Finally, please refer to the interview video of Don Schlitten.GO here

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Lorenz Hart(4) 〜 Spring Is Here

May 05.2016

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Bernice Claire and Alexander Gray in Spring Is Here

‘Spring Is Here’ was the title of a 1929 Broadway show (filmed the following year).

Some of the great jazz vocalists recorded ‘Spring Is Here’.
Ella Fitzgerald, Monica Zetterlund, Tony Bennett, and Chris Connor

Also the famous pianists Bill Evans and Kenny Drew recorded this song.

Fortunately this song was played at about twice or three times faster than the original ballad speed.

As a result, the classic tune became a completely new, hard bop tune.

John Coltrane recorded it in July 1958.

In addition contemporary artists such as Michael Brecker,Charlie Haden and Bobby Hutcherson played this piece.