Smack Up (Contemporary Records Acoustic Sounds Series Remaster) Art Pepper Quintet

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Label: Craft Recordings

Genre: Jazz

Subgenre: Hard Bop

Artist: Art Pepper Quintet

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  • 1Smack Up04:13
  • 2Las Cuevas De Mario07:06
  • 3A Bit Of Basie07:23
  • 4How Can You Lose06:52
  • 5Maybe Next Year04:20
  • 6Tears Inside07:45
  • Total Runtime37:39

Info for Smack Up (Contemporary Records Acoustic Sounds Series Remaster)

"Smack Up" is a 1960 jazz album by saxophonist Art Pepper playing with Jack Sheldon, Pete Jolly, Jimmy Bond and Frank Butler. Leonard Feather's sleeve notes include two quotes by Pepper which throw light on his approach to playing jazz:

"Knowing the relationships of chords to one another, how they fit into sequences and how you build on them, all reminds you that there's an important relationship between mathematics and music."

"The way a man walks, the way he talks, the timbre of his voice, the cadences of his speech, his little variations in phrasing a thought — all have so much to do with individuality. The same thing is true of a man's playing in jazz... his tone, the way his sound moves, his feeling for time. That's why jazz is consistently fascinating. You could ask six guys to play an identical solo, but when you heard the results, you'd hear six different solos."

"The title of this recording, Smack Up is ironic and inadvertently truthful. Within a short period, Art Pepper would begin spending many years in jail due to his heroin addiction; this was his next-to-last album from that period. Despite the bleak future, the great altoist (who never seemed to make an uninspired record during his unstable life) is in excellent form in a quintet with trumpeter Jack Sheldon, pianist Pete Jolly, bassist Jimmy Bond, and drummer Frank Butler." (Scott Yanow, AMG)

Art Pepper, alto saxophone
Jack Sheldon, trumpet
Pete Jolly, piano
Jimmy Bond, double bass
Frank Butler, drums

Recorded October 24 & 25, 1960 at Contemporary Records in Los Angeles by Roy DuNann

Digitally remastered by Bernie Grundman

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