David Amram on Bobby Jaspar (1) - JazzWax

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June 09, 2010


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I have quite a few of Bobby's albums. IMHO, the best are "Interplay", "Flute & Tenor", and JJ Johnson's "Live at the Cafe Bohemia." The Interplay session, mentioned in the article, was a Mal Waldron date, but has been re-issued under Coltrane's name. The concept was to have a hot trumpet and a cool trumpet, a hot tenor and a cool tenor. However playing with Trane brought out the more aggressive side of Bobby's style.

Larry Kart

Jaspar's 1959 piece in the Jazz Review about what it is like to play with Elvin Jones and Philly Joe Jones should not be missed:


Also, why is that when pieces are first posted on Jazz Wax, some of the words (but not all of them) overlap the art work? IIRC, this problem always vanishes by day two, though.

Alan Hill

Call up YouTube and key in "Before Dawn + Bobby Jaspar". Before Dawn is a beautiful George Wallington tune and on this late 1950s Wallington-led date, Jaspar's tenor is gorgeous. A 1959 Wynton Kelly album, Kelly Blue, features Jaspar's flute on the title track. He doesn't deserve to be forgotten.

Will S.

I have same problem as Larry Kart at 5:41 - overlapping words on art. What's the fix?

Devra Hall Levy

Overlap: some browsers (especially Safari) don't get the images loaded fast enough, allowing the text to be placed first. If you refresh/reload the page, this straightens out because the images are on your system and just need to be re-assembled. If it's a long piece with lots of images you may have to refresh more than once. The reason day two seems to be different is just because your browser has cached/saved the pieces an so is re-assembling. Most people do not realize that the reader's system and settings controls more of the reading experience than the blogger can.


Nice one... just what I've been waiting for an 'old but new sound.' I heard Jasper a little while back but was turned off by the flute playing. Then recently heard him on tenor, again.

He has blown me away, now I can satisfy my bop ears by hearing new lines by an obscure but heavily talented European bop player.

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