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'Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section'

Art Pepper
Apr 14, 2011 Updated Apr 21, 2011

In 1957, West Coast alto player Art Pepper met with the Miles Davis rhythm section on this classic record date...

Art Pepper is said to have been unaware of this recording until the morning of January 19, 1957, when he arrived at Contemporary's Studios in LA to meet for the first time, the trio of Red Garland, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones.

What resulted on that session date has become legend and is considered as some of Art Pepper's most memorable playing....

Here's the tracklist

1. 'You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To'
2. 'Red Pepper Blues'
3. 'Imagination'
4. 'Waltz Me Blues'
5. 'Straight Life'
6. 'Jazz Me Blues'
7. 'Tin Tin Deo'
8. 'Star Eyes'
9. 'Birks Works'

In the band

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

Recorded: Contemporary's Studio, Los Angeles, CA.
January 18, 1957


Artist Biography


Arthur Edward Pepper, Jr. (September 1, 1925 - June 15, 1982) was an American alto saxophonist and clarinetist. Early life: Art Pepper was born in Gardena, California, on September 1, 1925. His mother was a 14-year-old runaway; his father, a merchant seaman. Both were violent alcoholics, and when Art was still quite young he was sent to live with his paternal grandmother. He expressed early...

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On Apr 19, 2011. 11:58am
Christopher Lynch said

Hello John Crombie,
Glad you enjoy Art Pepper..
Yes, as far as I know this great album is still available. You'd probably be able to get it at numerous outlets, but if you have trouble one of the better CD retailers would no doubt be able to order it in for you.(I'm not sure where you live, but in Melbourne I normally shop at Readings in Carlton or Basement Discs in the city. They're very helpful people.)

On Apr 17, 2011. 7:55am
John Crombie said

I have Art Pepper's 'Jazz Profile' CD Any 'Art' Jazz musician is worth listening to ! Art Blakey, Art Tatum, Art Farmer, even Art(ie) Shaw. I would like 'Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section' for my collection. Is it still available ? John Crombie

On Apr 16, 2011. 5:56pm
Christopher Lynch said

Esteemed musicians and memorable standards are combined in this magisterial album. On this recording, the superb Art Pepper ably demonstrates that he was more than a a cool West Coaster". Yet, as reported, all did not proceed well at the commencement of the recording session.. Art hadn't been playing for a fortnight prior. Apparently, his sax was in terrible shape and of course there was no rehearsal time! However, all elements clearly bonded and we are left with this marvellous music to savour. Have an enjoyable listen!

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