Recorded December 27 and 29, 1955 at the Pathé Magellan studio, Paris.
Original LP issue: Barclay 84.023.
After hitting Paris in 1950, saxophonist Bobby Jaspar enthralled jazz fans and jazzmen alike with his smooth, elegant playing, with the lyricism of his tranquil phrases heavily influenced by Stan Getz in particular. So when Jaspar began regularly performing with a small ensemble at the Club St-Germain five years later, he adopted the same instrumentation as that of his idol’s illustrious quintet, with Sacha Distel on guitar and René Urtreger on piano in the roles of Jimmy Raney and Al Haig, respectively.
Contrary to what its title might suggest, ‘Modern Jazz au Club St-Germain’ was actually recorded in the studio. It features compositions by Milt Jackson, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis along with a handful of standards, in which the angular aridity of bebop gives way to the generous and yet sensitive idiom of cool jazz.
Jaspar’s premature death in 1963 robbed the jazz world of a promising talent; this record is among his best efforts as a leader. Bobby Jaspar is in top form here !!!
Text – Pierre de Chocqueuse
Memory of Dick:
Bobby Jaspar (Tenor Saxophone & Flute)
Sacha Distel (Guitar)
René Urtreger (Piano)
Benoit Quersin (Bass)
Jean-Louis Viale (Drums)
- Bag’s Groove 2’48
- Memory of Dick 5’40
- Miles Tone 5’21
- Minor Drops 7’51
- I Remember April 3’23
- You Stepped Out Of a Dream 4’33
- I Can’t Get Started 4’12
- Night In Tunisia 5’11
Re-mastered from original master tapes.
Limited edition 1000 copies.
180 gr vinyl pressed by Pallas in Germany.
Deluxe high-gloss flipback album jacket.
Facsimile reissue using the original cover art.
Double insert using an original photo by JP Leloir from 1955.
Each record has been visually checked to prevent defects.