Recording : October 11th, 1955 – Pathé-Magellan Studio, Paris.
Original LP issue: Barclay 84.009.
This session, recorded at Studio Pathé-Magellan October 11 and 14, 1955 in Paris, is the first of three recordings released for the Barclay label between 1955 and 1956.
For his first recording-date in Paris Chet decided to tackle Bob Zieff’s compositions, the same ones that Dick Twardzik had picked up in a hurry at the Alvin Hotel on his way to board the liner Ile-de-France. Violonist Dick Wetmore had just recorded the eight tunes, and Bob Zieff had had just enough time to revise the arrangements. Chet neither a champion sight-reader nor a big fan of rehearsals, hadn’t yet played them in front of an audience. From that first French session only the reel referred to as a ‘production tape’ remains.
This ‘complete Bob Zieff’ gives an impression of unity that wellmatches the suite concept intended by the composer; as for “The Girl From Greenland”, its role comes as a codicil. The record of Chet’s quartet with Twardzik has now appeared in Ben Ratliff’s book “Jazz, a Critic’s Guide to The 100 Most Important Recordings” (The New York Times Essential Library); it’s a fitting mention for an album that was long-unrecognised in the the United States…
Chet Baker (Trumpet)
Dick Twardzik (Piano)
Jimmy Bond (Bass)
Peter Littman (Drums)
- Rondette 2’10
- Piece Caprice 5’10
- Mid-Forte 3’07
- Research 4’59
- Pomp 4’41
- Sad Walk 4’14
- Just Duo 4’12
- The Girl From Greenland 5’14
- Brash 5’56
Re-mastered from the original mono master tapes.
Limited edition 1000 copies.
180 gr vinyl pressed by Optimal in Germany using the Metal Mothers from Pallas.
Facsimile reissue using the original photo by Jean-Pierre Leloir.
Double insert using an original photo by JP Leloir from the session.
Each record has been visually checked to prevent defects.