Chet Baker Quartet, vol. 1

Chet Baker Quartet, vol. 1


Chet Baker (trumpet), Dick Twardzick (piano), Jimmy Bond (bass), Peter Littman (drums)

recorded in 1955

Barclay 84009

Sam Records : LP 180 gram

Limited edition : 750 printings

Brand New and Sealed Record

Discontinued : last copy available!...

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1 - Rohdette
2 - Piece Caprice
3 - Mid-Forte
4 - Re-Search
5 - Pomp
6 - Sad Walk
7 - Just Duo
8 - The Girl From Greeland
9 - Brash

Recorded in October 1955 at Studio Pathe-Magellan, Paris.

This session 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 …

This Sam Records LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas.