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Less Expensive Au Chat Qui Peche

August 23, 2012

This item, which has been available in Europe for five or more years, has made its way Stateside for 2006. It’s an engaging documentation of the Donald Byrd Quartet’s extended stay during the fall of 1958 at the renowned if bare bones Left Bank bistro, Au Chat Qui Peche. A formal concert album also resulted from this engagement–“Donald Byrd in Paris”–but this club date is more representative of these emerging players as spontaneous, straightahead, blowing musicians. The audio is far from perfect, but the lifelike ambience easily makes up for a few inaudible notes. Byrd is definitely in command, but Bobby Jaspar, then the husband of Blossom Dearie, is a worthy frontline companion on flute as well as tenor. The rhythm section consists of Bud Powell’s “twin,” Walter Davis (playing a godawful piano), along with the impeccable, unflappable Doug Watkins on bass and the powerful Art Taylor on drums.

All products are BRAND NEW and factory sealed. Fast shipping and 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed.This item, which has been available in Europe for five or more years, has made its way Stateside for 2006. It’s an engaging documentation of the Donald Byrd Quartet’s extended stay during the fall of 1958 at the renowned if bare bones Left Bank bistro, Au Chat Qui Peche. A formal concert album also resulted from this engagement–“Donald Byrd in Paris”–but this club date is more representative of these emerging players as spontaneous, straightahead, blowing musicians. The audio is far from perfect, but the lifelike ambience easily makes up for a few inaudible notes. Byrd is definitely in command, but Bobby Jaspar, then the husband of Blossom Dearie, is a worthy frontline companion on flute as well as tenor. The rhythm section consists of Bud Powell’s “twin,” Walter Davis (playing a godawful piano), along with the impeccable, unflappable Doug Watkins on bass and the powerful Art Taylor on drums.

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