In A Little Provincial Town – Bobby Jaspar

Charming, plaintive, and romantic—a masterpiece of cool jazz. The head and solos are at a walking ballad tempo, but set up with a rhythmic double-time intro that reappears as an interlude and ending. Our lead sheets are based on Bobby Jaspar's quintet recording, but we also have concert melody parts that reflect the versions by Chet Baker and J.J. Johnson.

Bobby Jaspar

February 20, 1926 – March 4, 1963

Heralded as one of the handful of Europeans who created their own niche in the straight-ahead jazz age, cool jazz and hard bop saxophonist, flautist and composer Bobby Jaspar was born in Liège, Belgium to a family of musicians. As a teenager, Bobby played tenor in a Dixieland group with Toots Thielemans. After relocating to Paris in 1950, he recorded with Henri Renaud and Bernard Peiffer and began playing with touring Americans Jimmy Raney, Chet Baker and future wife Blossom Dearie. Blossom and Bobby moved to New York in 1956 where he was heralded the New Star due to his distinct phrasing and sound. Read more...

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