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June 10, 2010


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The Hank Jones session was also released as "Rexlaxin' at Camarillo." The "Jazz in Paris" session was also released as "Phenil Isopropil Amine." There's also an album called "Bobby Jaspar in Paris" which is a different session recorded in New York. A couple of sessions featuring arrangements by Jaspar were partially reissued on a Verve anthology called "Chet Baker in Paris." (The original Barclay albums were called "Chet Baker," and "Chet Baker and His Quintet with Bobby Jaspar.") Another late '50s album recorded in Paris was released on Emarcy as "...and his All Stars." A Fresh Sound anthology, "...and Friends," collects several sessions with Mundell Lowe and one with Rene Thomas that is a different session than the "Thomas Jaspar Quintet" shown in part one. A Fantasy album with Herbie Mann called "Flute Soufle" was reissued on OJC.

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Yes, I would very particularly recommend that Fresh Sounds "...and Friends" with sessions alternating Mundell Lowe and Rene Thomas - George Duvivier, no less, being a major contributor...
The Prestige "Flute Soufle" album is a big deal: Mann, of course, is bested by the great Jaspar, but it's a great album with some very superior Tommy Flanaagn. It's companion album, though (if I have this right) is even better: "Flute Flight" has the rest of the "Flute Soufle" session w/Mann, and then an whole side of Jaspar's own session w/Eddie Costa, vibes, instead of great guitarist, Joe Puma, and, wait for it, Doug Watkins istead of Wendell Marshal. Tommy Flanagan (in such superb form, believe me!) and Bobby Donaldson are present throughout.
Do I have the story of "Flute Soufle" and "Flute Flight" correct, anybody? (That one completes the other?).

As an aside: funnily enough, Mann's other best record was also in tandem with another flute player: this time on Bethlehem "The Mann With The Most", really, is the best Mann record I know of - by far. Also with Joe Puma, he aquits himself really quite well - but, of course, needless to say, the garlands do go to the incredible genius of Sam Most.
Flute to flute for Mann with either Sam Most or Bobby Jaspar is very heavy company - he doesn't quite survive the Jaspar session, but does the Sam Most. Anyway, they weren't competitive "battle" sessions, but the 2 flute thing does seem to have been a good environment for him, given the weakness of his chops, tone, ideas and intonation (just check how he sounds on the immortal Sarah Vaughan/Clifford Brown record if anyone wants to seriously argue that flute point).

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