Bobby Jaspar - Revisited

Bobby Jaspar was an exceptional tenor-saxophonist and flutist from Belgium who was in his prime during the 1950s. He was originally a clarinetist who played in Dixieland groups. After World War II. ended, he became a member of Belgium's first bebop group, the Bobshots. He performed with top Europeans and visiting Americans during the decade before he moved to New York in 1956. During the seven years before his premature death from a weak heart in 1963, Jaspar worked with such greats as J.J. Johnson, Donald Byrd, Miles Davis, Bill Evans and Attila Zoller.

Dating from 1953-54, Revisited features Jaspar while he was still in Europe. He is heard exclusively on tenor in a sextet, a quintet, a septet and a nonet. Among the other key musicians are pianist Henri Renaud, guitarist Jimmy Gourley, vibraphonist Fats Sadi and trumpeter Roger Guerin, each of whom were highly rated during the era. The cool-toned bop has hints of Third Stream music and the avant-garde in spots, serving as evidence that the musicians were listening closely at the time to West Coast jazz. Bobby Jaspar displays a distinctive voice and is the solo star, showing that he was a world class player.

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Strike Up the Band La Fin d'un Roman d'Amour Black Horse Sweet and Lovely Kaba-Soutra Paradoxe Struttin' with Some Barbecue Schabooz Caroline So Easy to Love Up in Quincy's Room Capri Early Wake Jeux de Quartes

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Format: Jazz Record
Soloist/Artist Bobby Jaspar
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:Get to Know Bobby!"Review by Big Toots
IC 7013 Bobby Jaspar Revisited

Although tenor saxophonist, Bobby Jaspar was not nobility as was his fellow performing Belgian, Baron “Toots” Thielemans, Jasper had one up on the harmonica-tooting Baron. Bobby got to marry a royal, sort of - sweet vocalist Blossom Dearie. The trade-off was that Jaspar, who later performed with many jazz greats, including Miles Davis, Bill Evans, J.J. Johnson and even the aforementioned “Toots,” is, sadly, all but forgotten today. Perhaps this fine portrait recording will do much to resurrect Jaspar’s notoriety.

Covering 14 selections in four sessions (done two each in 1953 and 1954 backed by French musicians) with various sized ensembles, Jaspar stands up and delivers a superior jazz accounting of himself. Emanating from a cooler tenor school – Don Byas, Lester Young, and moreso, Stan Getz – Jaspar exhibits a fine tenor man’s jazz vocabulary and thrashes a stereotype that Euro-jazzmen couldn’t swing as fiercely as those with American or African-American U.S. roots. He does so from the starting gate (“Strike Up the Band” and the Latinesque “End of a Love Affair”). Jaspar could swing hard as you hear on “Black Horse” and elsewhere. His improvisational style favors longer, flowing lines that never miss a chord change (“Struttin’ with Some Barbecue”).

Two cuts here are septet-delivered and mime the “Birth of the Cool” texture (“Sweet and Lovely,” “Kaba Soutra,” “Paradoxe”). The format is ideal for Jaspar’s smoother-edged sound and laid-back approach. And, his unison doubling with guitarist Jimmy Gourley is impeccable (“Schabozz,” “Up in Quincy’s Room”). The various rhythm sections provide fine support for Jaspar to stretch out. Of note is Jimmy Gourley’s guitar and Fats Sadi’s vibing (“Jeux de Quartes”).

Jaspar, who died young at 37, is certainly worthy of another look. “Revisited” is the perfect place to start checking out why Blossom and other jazzers did dig him. And, you will, as well.
(Posted on 6/6/2015)
Bobby JasparReview by Simon Sez
Jazz is an American art form best played by Americans, right? Well, then how does one explain Bobby Jaspar? He was from Belgium, and in the 1950s played tenor and flute as well as anyone. He had a cool tone on tenor and was as modern as his counterparts in the United States. Maybe it is time to throw out the idea that only Americans (plus Django Reinhardt!) can play jazz.
Revisited gives people a chance to revisit or (most likely) discover the playing of Bobby Jaspar. He is heard with several medium-sized groups in Europe. Best known among the other players are guitarist Jimmy Gourley and pianist Henri Renaud but this is mostly Jaspar’s show. He is brilliant on both of his axes and shows that he should be considered one of the top players of the time.

Simon Sez: Even by the 1950s not all great jazzmen were Americans. Belgian Bobby Jaspar on Revisited (IC7013) is superb on tenor and flute.
(Posted on 5/6/2014)

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