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Chet Baker - Featuring Dick Twardzick Recorded In Paris


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180 Gram Vinyl Record

180 Gram LP

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Presented a "Recordings of the Year" award for 2013 by The Audio Beat at the 2014 International CES/The Home Entertainment Show in Las Vegas

Limited edition French reissue

Remastered from original mono master tapes

180-gram LP pressed at Optimal in Germany using metal mothers from Pallas

Facsimile reissue using the original photo by Jean-Pierre Leloir

Double insert using an original photo by Jean-Pierre Leloir from the recording session

This session, recorded at Studio Pathe-Magellan October 11 and 14, 1955 in Paris, is the first of three recordings 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 well matches 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 unrecognized in the the United States.






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Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 2 person(s) rated this product.

No detail overlooked

posted on 04/08/2012
5 Stars
Reviewer: Scott (Seattle)
From the beautiful flip-top cover recreation to the absolutely silent pressing – an amazing package. Obvious devotion to putting out a world-class reissue is evident in every aspect of this LP. Baker at his "coolest". Do not miss this small run limited edition. No compromise on sound here. Rich and warm with a clarity that puts this disc in the upper echelon of reissues. I can only see a bright future for Sam Records.

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