Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section (Remastered) Art Pepper

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Label: Craft Recordings

Genre: Jazz

Subgenre: Free Jazz

Artist: Art Pepper

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  • 1You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To05:27
  • 2Red Pepper Blues03:36
  • 3Imagination05:56
  • 4Waltz Me Blues02:55
  • 5Straight Life04:02
  • 6Jazz Me Blues04:44
  • 7Tin Tin Deo07:42
  • 8Star Eyes05:16
  • 9Birks Works04:19
  • Total Runtime43:57

Info for Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section (Remastered)

Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section reunited the saxophonist with Miles Davis' crew of the time: pianist Red Garland, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Philly Joe Jones. By all accounts, the early 1957 session should have been a disaster. Recently released from federal prison, Pepper was still struggling with a heroin addiction and was completely out of practice. The gig had been arranged by Pepper's girlfriend (something he didn't know until a few hours before the sessions began), and he discovered at the last minute that - after not playing for several months - the cork in the mouthpiece of his horn had come loose. "In the end, though, the session turned out to be more of a triumph than a disaster," says Phillips. "The camaraderie between Pepper and the Rhythm Section resulted in one of Art's best recordings."

Jazz writer and broadcaster Neil Tesser, who penned the new liner notes to the reissue, says the music in this set "reveals an obvious camaraderie, true artistry and a distinct lack of self-doubt or intimidation - perhaps because Pepper actually had a lot in common musically with the Rhythm Section." He adds, "The 'meeting' between Pepper and this rhythm section was less a matter of confrontation or even creative friction than a handshake in the midst of a bridge spanning East and West Coast idioms."

"The Man I Love", eine Performance, die bei dieser Session aufgenommen wurde, aber nicht auf dem Originalalbum enthalten ist, ist als Bonustrack enthalten.

Art Pepper, alto saxophone
Red Garland, piano
Paul Chambers, bass
Philly Joe Jones, drums

Digitally remastered

Art Pepper
born in Gardena, California on September 1, 1925 and raised in nearby San Pedro, began playing clarinet at age 9 and, by 15, was performing in Lee Young’s band at the Club Alabam on Central Avenue, the home of jazz in prewar Los Angeles.

He joined Stan Kenton’s band, touring the U.S. and gaining fame, but was drafted in 1943 serving as an MP in London and performing with some British jazz bands. He returned to the States and to Kenton, touring and recording. In 1952 he placed second only to Charlie Parker in the Down Beat jazz poll. Probably his most famous recording from that period is his stunning performance of “Art Pepper,” written by Shorty Rogers (as part of a series of charts Kenton had commissioned to feature members of his band).

Art left Stan Kenton in 1951 to form his own group, occasionally recording for Rogers and others. He signed with Contemporary Records in 1957.

From the beginning Art’s playing combined a tender delicacy of tone with a purity of narrative line—a gift for storytelling that was made irresistible by an inherent, dancing, shouting, moaning inability to ever stop swinging.

He was one of the few alto players to resist the style and tone of Charlie Parker. What he failed to resist was the lure of drugs, ubiquitous, at that time, among jazz musicians. And although some users managed to get through and over their addictions, Art, survivor of a rocky childhood (alcoholic neglectful mother, alcoholic violent father), unbalanced from the get-go, never did quite triumph over his, though he may have fought them to a draw.

So, in 1952, he began a long series of hospitalizations and incarcerations for violations of the drug laws of his time—possession, internal possession (“marks”), and then for violations of his previous releases (more possessions and internal possessions). In time, he became a petty thief, a real thief, a robber (though not an armed robber; his fellow criminals thought he was too crazy to be trusted with a gun). He served time for the Feds (Terminal Island) and for the State of California (San Quentin). He prided himself on being “a stand-up guy,” a good criminal.

All this history makes a pretty gripping story as it’s told by Art with his wife Laurie Pepper in their book, Straight Life (DaCapo). What’s surprising is that the music he managed to make during irregular bursts of freedom was enthralling, too. The gift was starved for the spotlight, for opportunities for performing and recording, but it flowered in the dark, became deeper and more soulful. The performances—from The Art Pepper Quartet (1952) and Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section (with Miles Davis’s rhythm section) on Contemporary (1957) all the way through the recordings he made at the Village Vanguard (Contemporary, 1977) and his later recording with strings (Winter Moon, Galaxy, 1981)—are brilliant, poignant, and a joy to hear. The rigor and abandon with which he lived his life were present in every note he played.

Art Pepper died June 15, 1982 of a cerebral hemorrhage. But the 1979 publication of Straight Life and accompanying press had revived Art’s career. With Laurie’s help, he spent the last years of his life trying to make up for lost time, making each performance a life-or-death occasion, touring worldwide with his own bands, recording over a hundred albums, writing songs, winning polls, respect, and adulation.

Most of his albums are still available for sale. Laurie Pepper is releasing the best of what remains unreleased and is working on a movie based on the book, Straight Life. •

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