When you get up in the morning, you must have a song - Ray Charles

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Art Pepper - So In Love

Now that we have finished our Duke tribute, it is time to turn our atention to some other fine lps that you don't see often.

I am very fond of Art Pepper's works and wonder why he doesn't seem to garner nearly the acclaim he should. This set is one that really seems overlooked perhaps because the label quickly folded. A standard quartet date with later period Pepper in fine form. I always seem to feel a joyful exuberence about his later playing. He seems to have rediscovered whatever it was that brought him so much joy in the first place. This would almost be attributted to his cleaner status but his autobiography belays that fact. These five tunes we recorded at two separate dates in 79 with two different quartets. I give a slight nod to the later performance but perhaps it is because I enjoy his interaction with Cables so much or perhaps because the Porter and Charmichael tunes are two of my all time favorite standards.
Here you have it Artists House 9412.

1. Straight, No Chaser
2. Blues For Blanche*
3. So In Love*
4. Diane
5. Stardust*
Recorded 2-23-79 NYC and * 5-26-79 Burbank
Art Pepper - alto sax
Hank Jones - Piano
George Cables - Piano*
Ron Carter - Bass
Charlie Haden - Bass*
Al Foster - Drums
Billy Higgins - Drums*
produced by John Snyder

1 comment:

Waterfallman said...

Art Pepper is my favorite sax player. I ADORE his playing. Thanks for sharing this record which I haven't been able to get it!