by Art Pepper


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Intensity was the final album of altoist Art Pepper's early period and was released when he was already serving a long prison sentence due to his addiction to heroin. Assisted by pianist Dolo Coker, bassist Jimmy Bond, and drummer Frank Butler, Pepper was just starting to show the influence of John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman in his style, freeing up his playing and displaying a greater intensity during his improvisations. Ironically, Pepper sticks to swinging standards such as "I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me," "Gone with the Wind," and "I Wished on the Moon" as points of departure on this interesting and largely enjoyable set. Excluding a 1973 recording with Mike Vax's big band, it would be 15 years before Art Pepper led another record date in the studios. ~ [Some reissues have an additional song, "Fine Points."] Scott Yanow

Product Details

Release Date: 07/01/1991
Label: Ojc
UPC: 0025218638722
catalogNumber: 387
Rank: 97013

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Art Pepper   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone
Frank Butler   Drums,Keyboards
Dolo Coker   Piano
Jimmy Bond   Bass

Technical Credits

Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Dorothy Parker   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Jerry Bock   Composer
Roy DuNann   Engineer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
John Koenig   Liner Notes
Lester Koenig   Producer,Liner Notes
Herbert Magidson   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Allie Wrubel   Composer
William Claxton   Cover Photo
Marcia McGovern   Director
George Kershaw   Cover Design
Clarence Gaskill   Composer
Larry Holofcener   Composer

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