Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Chet Baker - 2007 - In Paris: The Complete 1955-1956 Barclay Sessions

Chet Baker
2007
In Paris: The Complete 1955-1956 Barclay Sessions


October 11, 1955
101 Rondette 2:08
102 Mid-Forte 3:06
103 Sad Walk 4:13
104 Re-Search 4:59
105 Just Duo 4:11

October 14, 1955
201 Piece Caprice 5:10
202 Pomp 4:40
203 The Girl from Greenland 5:14
204 Brash 5:54

October 24, 1955
301 I'll Remember April 5:52
302 There's a Small Hotel 3:45
303 These Foolish Things 4:42
304 Lover Man 4:51
305 Autumn in New York 7:05
306 Summertime 4:13
307 You Go to My Head 5:51
308 Tenderly 6:38

October 25, 1955
401 Chet [complete take] 3:24
402 Chet [false start] 0:14
403 Chet [complete take] 3:16
404 Chet [complete take] 3:10
405 Chet [master take] 3:21
406 Dinah [complete take] 3:14
407 Dinah [complete take] 3:07
408 Dinah [master take] 3:01
409 Vline 3:02
410 In Memory of Dick [complete take] 3:13
411 In Memory of Dick [false start] 0:34
412 In Memory of Dick [complete take] 3:08
413 In Memory of Dick [false start] 0:05
414 In Memory of Dick [false start] 0:05
415 In Memory of Dick [complete take] 3:03

November 28, 1955
501 Alone Together [complete take] 3:46
502 Alone Together [complete take] 3:47
503 Alone Together [master take] 4:22
504 Exitus [complete take] 7:18
505 Exitus [incomplete take] 1:58
506 Exitus [master take] 8:45
507 Once in a While [false start] 0:09
508 Once in a While [false start] 0:09
509 Once in a While [master take] 5:46
510 All the Things You Are [complete take] 7:18
511 All the Things You Are [complete take] 6:03
512 Everything Happens to Me [false start] 0:21
513 Everything Happens to Me [complete take] 3:38

December 26, 1955
601 Chick-Eta [false start] 0:43
602 Chick-Eta [complete take] 5:14
603 Chick-Eta [false start] 0:32
604 Chick-Eta [false start] 0:05
605 Chick-Eta [false start] 0:04
606 Chick-Eta [master take] 6:06
607 How About You? [false start] 0:05
608 How About You? [false start] 0:11
609 How About You? [complete take] 4:30
610 How About You? [false start] 0:22
611 How About You? [false start] 0:21
612 How About You? [false start] 0:25
613 How About You? [master take] 4:33
614 Exitus [complete take] 4:07
615 Exitus [complete take] 4:39
616 Exitus [complete take] 4:28
617 Exitus [complete take] 4:51
618 Exitus [complete take] 5:15
619 Dear Old Stockholm [complete take] 7:50

February 10, 1956
701 Speak Low [complete take] 4:39
702 Anticipated Blues [incomplete take] 2:17
703 Anticipated Blues [false start] 0:04
704 Anticipated Blues [false start] 0:06
705 Anticipated Blues [false start] 0:21
706 Anticipated Blues [complete take] 2:53
707 Anticipated Blues [false start] 0:05
708 Anticipated Blues [complete take] 2:42
709 Anticipated Blues [master take] 2:56
710 Tasty Pudding [incomplete take] 2:29
711 Tasty Pudding [incomplete take] 2:28
712 Cheryl [incomplete take] 2:06
713 Cheryl [incomplete take] 2:06
714 Cheryl [false start] 0:05
715 Cheryl [false start] 0:08
716 Cheryl [incomplete take] 3:16
717 Cheryl [false start] 0:04
718 Cheryl [false start] 0:27
719 Cheryl [complete take] 3:22
720 Tasty Pudding [incomplete take] 2:15
721 Tasty Pudding [complete take] 6:21
722 Tasty Pudding [incomplete take] 4:17
723 Tasty Pudding [master take] 4:44

March 15, 1956
801 Mythe 3:00
802 Not Too Slow 2:54
803 In a Little Provincial Town 3:00
804 Vline 2:53

The Chet Baker Quintet
Chet Baker, trumpet
 Robert "Bobby" Jaspar (disc 6)
 Jean-Louis Chautemps (disc 7), tenor saxophone
Maurice Vander (disc 6)
Franc¸ois "Francy" Boland (disc 7), piano
Benoit Quersin (disc 6)
 Edgar "Eddie" de Haas (disc 7), double bass
Jean-Louis Viale (disc 6)
Charles Saudrais (disc 7), drums)

The Chet Baker Orchestra
Chet Baker, trumpet
 Bernard "Benny" Vasseur, trombone
Jean "Poppy" Aldegon (disc 4)
Andre´ "Teddy" Ameline (disc 8), alto saxophone
Armand Migiani, tenor saxophone
William Boucaya, baritone saxophone
Rene´ Urtreger (disc 4)
Francy Boland (disc 8), piano
James "Jimmy" Bond (disc 4)
Benoit Quersin (disc 8), double bass
Nils-Bertil "Bert" Dahlander (disc 4)
Pierre Lemarchand, drums (disc 8)
Pierre Michelot, conductor) (discs 4 & 8)

Chet Baker Quartet
Chet Baker, trumpet
Richard "Dick" Twardzik, piano, celesta
Jimmy Bond, double bass
Peter Littman, drums

Recorded in the Pathe-Magellan Studio, Paris, France, on
October 11, 1955 (disc 1)
October 14, 1955 (disc 2)
October 24, 1955 (disc 3)
October 25, 1955 (disc 4)
November 28, 1955 (disc 5)
December 26, 1955 (disc 6)
February 10, 1956 (disc 7)
March 15, 1956 (disc 8).


Chet Baker's sessions in Paris 1955-56, originally released on Chet Baker Quartet Vol. 1, Chet Baker Quartet Vol. 2, Chet Baker and His Quintet with Bobby Jaspar and Mythe are deservedly regarded among his best material from the 1950s, because they show for the first time a maturity and technical prowess much superior to that on the early 1950s Pacific Jazz sessions.

In 1986, Fresh Sound released the "complete" Barclay recordings on five vinyl discs; two years later, Barclay released the "complete" Barclay recordings on four compact discs [1][2][3][4], adding one CD full of additional alternate takes to the Fresh Sound package. All of these have been out of print for a while now, even though reissues of Chet Baker Quartet Vol. 1 and Chet Baker Quartet Vol. 2 have been available on mid-price CDs since 2003, and Chet Baker and His Quintet with Bobby Jaspar was finally reissued in 2010.

Almost ten years after its first "complete" set, Barclay now has another go at the Barclay sessions with an even more "complete" set, which is released on no fewer than eight compact discs. This sounds quite promising at first, but unfortunately, part of the trick is really in the packaging, both in a good way and in a bad way.

Let me start with the bad way: First of all, no entirely new recordings have been discovered. The 15 "previously unreleased" tracks on this release are simply additional alternate takes of previously available tracks, and about half of them are not even full takes. Second, the CDs are organised strictly on a by-session basis, meaning that the two sessions with Dick Twardzik, recorded on October 11 and 14 respectively, both of which would fit generously onto one CD, are split up on two CDs, each of which ends up being under 20 minutes in length.

The remastering of the tracks is solid, better than on the 1988 CDs, but there is not a lot of room for improvement considering the limitations of the original mono sources. Which is where the packaging comes in again, in the good way: the added value of this set is really how exquisitely it's packaged. The richly illustrated 84-page booklet does not only sport numerous, wonderfully reproduced photographs, some of which are nothing other than stunning documents of jazz photography, it also contains lengthy essays by Francis Marmande and Alain Tercinet (in English and French), an interview with composer Bob Zieff, and Baker's entire 1955/56 tour schedule. Of course there are also reproductions of the original album covers, concert programs and other paraphernalia, all on 12" glossy paper. 

Each of the cardboard sleeves containing the CDs lists the precise recording and initial release data, including information on tracks that were recorded, but lost. Don't slip those CDs out too fast, by the way -- you may fail to notice that each of them is in fact housed in an additional inner sleeve that has extra liner notes about the respective recording session on it. 

This box set is aimed directly at devoted Chetophiles, who will no doubt appreciate the separated and meticulously documented sessions, the full range of alternate takes and above all, the wonderful booklet. Everybody else may possibly find the €75 price tag a bit too steep and the slew of alternate takes perhaps somewhat unnecessary, especially as the most important recordings from this box are available on three CDs for well under €10 each.

It's still a beautiful collection of some top-notch performances though.

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