Track Selection 2: Tasty Pudding (Cohn)
Chet Baker (tp) Raymond Fol (p) Benoit Quersin (b) Jean-Louis Viale (d) add Bobby Jaspar (ts) on “Tasty Pudding”, recorded Paris, France, November 1955 to February 1956
In an earlier post I set various interpretations of “Alone Together” head to head in a Hank Mobley/Pepper Adams/ Grant Green Smack Down, and someone posted in they thought the finest was Chet Bakers. So, “here’s one I prepared
This is my first Chet Baker album and I can begin to appreciate his legendary status, though by the time this was recorded in the mid Fifties he was regarded by some as a spent force, such is the cruelty of those with a constant craving for new talent. Chet’s trumpet here is smooth, delicate, vulnerable, perhaps lacking the fire of youth, but aged like a smooth single malt.
Late 1955/ early 1956 found Chet Baker recording in Europe: France, Denmark, Italy and West Germany, with a variety of European musicians. This set was recorded for Barclay Records, the label created by the legendary French music entrepreneur Eddie Barclay ( real name Edouard Ruault)
Bobby Jaspar is a name I know but have never sat to listen to. His contribution on tenor is sparse but elegant, a model of economy and perfect placement of the fewest of notes, maintaining the mood of the piece, remembering he is a guest at the recording.
Vinyl: UK original release Felsted release (1956) Recordings made for Barclay (France) BLP 84042
Pictured right, Burlington Road, New Malden in 1955, home to the Decca pressing plant in this south west London suburb of New Malden. Not exactly New Jersey.
Time for confession. There is no way I could afford this record were it not for a serious flaw in the cover. It is torn, badly torn. The awful truth is on the right – click on thumbnail, but stand well clear of fragile objects. It is not a pretty sight, unlike the lady – who must now be in her mid seventies, but hasn’t aged a minute on that cover. Every batchelor pad’s dream accessory, the sort of girl the front seat of a sports car was designed for. Finely upholstered.
The tear is near-impossible to disguise as it occurs in the transition between the graduated spotlit wall behind the model and her shadow cast on the wall. In real life its down to Sellotape inside the jacket.
Felsted are incredibly rare. Guys who have worked in record stores all their lives say they know of the name Felsted but have never seen one in the flesh, and thousands of records pass through their hands every day.The most famous Felsted is the alternate score to Freddie Redd’s Music from the Connection, featuring Jackie Mclean’s understudy, Tina Brooks. That sells for many thousands of pounds if and when it ever it comes to market.
When I saw this in a London store I knew I had to have it.
” ‘xcuse me, mate, the cover on this one is torn. Have you got another?”.
Put me down for the next nice copy that comes in.
Sure, we’ll call you.