Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section

Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section

by Art PepperArt Pepper


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By the time of this, Art Pepper's tenth recording as a leader, he was making his individual voice on the alto saxophone leave the cozy confines of his heroes Charlie Parker and Lee Konitz. Joining the Miles Davis rhythm section of pianist Red Garland, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Philly Joe Jones made the transformation all that more illuminating. It's a classic east meets west, cool plus hot but never lukewarm combination that provides many bright moments for the quartet during this exceptional date from that great year in music, 1957. A bit of a flip, loosened but precise interpretation of the melody on "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" gets the ball rolling, followed by a "Bags Groove" parallel with "Red Pepper Blues," and a delicate, atypical treatment of "Imagination." A compositional collaboration of Pepper and Chambers on the quick "Waltz Me Blues" and hard-edged, running-as-fast-as-he-can take of "Straight Life" really sets the gears whirring. Philly Joe Jones is a great bop drummer, no doubt, one of the all-time greats with Kenny Clarke and Max Roach. His crisp Latin-to-swing pace for "Tin Tin Deo" deserves notice, masterful in its creation and seamlessness. Pepper makes a typical "Star Eyes" brighter, and he goes into a lower octave tone, more like a tenor, for "Birks Works" and the bonus track "The Man I Love." It's clear he has heard his share of Stan Getz in this era. Though Art Pepper played with many a potent trio, this one inspires him to the maximum, and certainly makes for one of his most substantive recordings after his initial incarcerations, and before his second major slip into the deep abyss of drug addiction.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/20/2008
Label: Essential Jazz Class
UPC: 8436028694129
catalogNumber: 55412
Rank: 46416

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Art Pepper   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone
Frank Capp   Drums
Red Garland   Piano
Philly Joe Jones   Drums
Buddy Clark   Bass
Paul Chambers   Bass
Marty Paich   Piano

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Red Garland   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Art Pepper   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Chano Pozo   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Paul Chambers   Composer
Tom Delaney   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Lester Koenig   Original Liner Notes
Marty Paich   Composer
Bill Pittman   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Robert Scherman   Original Liner Notes
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Robert B. Sherman   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
William Claxton   Cover Photo
John Tynan   Liner Notes
Paul   Composer
Pittman   Composer

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