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Art Pepper Discography


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1943 (The age of 18)

Stan Kenton Orchestra

Art Pepper (as) Stan Kenton (comp) unidentified orchestra

Los Angeles, CA, November 19, 1943

Harlem Folk Dance

Capitol (J) ECJ 50070

* Art Pepper - Those Kenton Days (Capitol (J) ECJ 50070)

1947 (The age of 22)

The Modern Jazz Stars

Art Pepper (as) Teddy Edwards (ts) unknown (p) unknown (b) unknown (d)

Los Angeles, CA, April 27, 1947

Scratch

Crown CLP 5008

* Modern Jazz Stars - Jazz Surprise (Crown CLP 5008)

Stan Kenton Orchestra

Art Pepper (as) Stan Kenton (comp) unidentified orchestra

Los Angeles, CA, October 22, 1947

Unison Riff

Capitol (J) ECJ 50070

* Art Pepper - Those Kenton Days (Capitol (J) ECJ 50070)

Stan Kenton Orchestra

same personnel

Los Angeles, CA, December 6, 1947

Cuban Carnival

Capitol (J) ECJ 50070

* Art Pepper - Those Kenton Days (Capitol (J) ECJ 50070)

Eddie Safranski And The Poll Cats

Ray Wetzel (tp) Eddie Bert (tb) Art Pepper (as) Bob Cooper (ts) Pete Rugolo (p, arr) Eddie Safranski (b) Shelly Manne (d)

NYC, December 20, 1947

91

Sa-Frantic

Atlantic 851, EP 512; Unique Jazz UJ 036

92

Bass Mood

-

93

Turmoil

Atlantic 864, EP 512; Unique Jazz UJ 036

94

Jumpin' For Jane

-

* Various Artists - Three Konton's Beboppers Groups 1947-50 (Unique Jazz UJ 036)
* The Poll Cats (Atlantic EP 512)
* The Poll Cats - Sa-Frantic c/w Bass Mood (Atlantic 851)
* The Poll Cats - Turmoil c/w Jumpin' For Jane (Atlantic 864)

Stan Kenton Orchestra

Art Pepper (as) Stan Kenton (comp) unidentified orchestra

Los Angeles, CA, December 21, 1947

Journey To Brazil

Capitol (J) ECJ 50070

How High The Moon

-

* Art Pepper - Those Kenton Days (Capitol (J) ECJ 50070)

Stan Kenton Orchestra

same personnel

Los Angeles, CA, December 22, 1947

Harlem Holiday

Capitol (J) ECJ 50070

* Art Pepper - Those Kenton Days (Capitol (J) ECJ 50070)

1949

Babs Gonzales And His Orchestra

J.J. Johnson (tb) Art Pepper (as) Herbie Stewart (ts) Wynton Kelly (p) Pee Wee Tinney (g, vo) Bruce Lawrence (b, vo) Jackie Mills (d) Babs Gonzales (vo)

Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, CA, March 20, 1949

4099-4

The Continental

Blue Note CDP 7 84464-2

4100-1

Prelude To A Nightmare

-

* Babs Gonzales - Weird Lullaby (Blue Note CDP 7 84464-2)

Charlie Mingus And His 22 Piece Be Bop Band

John Anderson, Buddy Childers, Hobart Dotson, Eddie Preston (tp) Jimmy Knepper, Marty Smith, Britt Woodman (tb) Eric Dolphy (as, fl, cl) Jewel Grant, Art Pepper (as, cl) Herb Caro (ts, cl) William Green (ts, cl, fl) Gene Porter (bars, cl) Russ Freeman (p) Red Callender, Charles Mingus (b) Roy Porter (d) Johnny Berger (per) and others

Hollywood, CA, spring 1949

REX28002-A

The Story Of Love

Rex Hollywood 28002; Uptown UPCD 27.48

REX28014-A

Inspiration, Pt. 1

Rex Hollywood 28014; Uptown UPCD 27.48

REX28014-B

Inspiration, Pt. 2

-

* Baron Mingus - West Coast 1945-49 (Uptown UPCD 27.48)
* Charles Mingus - The Story Of Love c/w Roy Porter - Don't Blame Me (Rex Hollywood 28002)
* Charles Mingus - Inspiration, Pt. 1&2 (Rex Hollywood 28014)

The Kenton All Stars

Art Farmer (tp) Art Pepper (as) Bob Cooper, Teddy Edwards (ts) Hampton Hawes (p) John Simmons (b) Chuck Thompson (d)

"Shrine Auditorium", Los Angeles, CA, middle April, 1949

Perdido

Spotlite (E) SPJ 145

The Great Lie

-

* Various Artists - Jazz Off The Air, Vol. 2 (Spotlite (E) SPJ 145)

Babs Gonzales And His Orchestra

J.J. Johnson (tb) Art Pepper (as) Herbie Stewart (ts) Wynton Kelly (p) Billy Tinney (g, vo) Bruce Lawrence (b) Jackie Mills (d) Babs Gonzales (vo)

Los Angeles, CA, May 15, 1949

Predule To A Nightmare

Capitol (J) ECJ 50073

* Various Artists - Bebop Professors (Capitol (J) ECJ 50073)

1950 (The age of 25)

Stan Kenton Orchestra

Art Pepper (as) Stan Kenton (comp) unidentified orchestra

Los Angeles, CA, February 5, 1950

Jolly Rogers

Capitol (J) ECJ 50070

Blues In Riff

-

* Art Pepper - Those Kenton Days (Capitol (J) ECJ 50070)

Stan Kenton Orchestra

same personnel

Los Angeles, CA, May 18, 1950

Art Pepper

Capitol (J) ECJ 50070

* Art Pepper - Those Kenton Days (Capitol (J) ECJ 50070)

Maynard Furguson Orchestra

Maynard Furguson (tp) Art Pepper (as) unidentified orchestra

Los Angeles, CA, September 13, 1950

Take The "A" Train

Unique Jazz UJ 036

Short Wave

-

Love Locked Out

-

Band Ain't Draggin'

-

* Various Artists - Three Konton's Beboppers Groups 1947-50 (Unique Jazz UJ 036)

Stan Kenton Orchestra

Art Pepper (as) Stan Kenton (comp) unidentified orchestra

Los Angeles, CA, December 12, 1950

Viva Prado

Capitol (J) ECJ 50070

Round Robin

-

* Art Pepper - Those Kenton Days (Capitol (J) ECJ 50070)

1951

Stan Kenton Orchestra

Art Pepper (as) Stan Kenton (comp) unidentified orchestra

Los Angeles, CA, March 28, 1951

Dynaflow

Capitol (J) ECJ 50070

* Art Pepper - Those Kenton Days (Capitol (J) ECJ 50070)

Stan Kenton Orchestra

same personnel

Los Angeles, CA, May 31, 1951

Jump For Joe

Capitol (J) ECJ 50070

* Art Pepper - Those Kenton Days (Capitol (J) ECJ 50070)

Stan Kenton Orchestra

same personnel

Los Angeles, CA, June 29, 1951

Francesca

Capitol (J) ECJ 50070

* Art Pepper - Those Kenton Days (Capitol (J) ECJ 50070)

Stan Kenton Orchestra

same personnel

Los Angeles, CA, September 19, 1951

Sambo

Capitol (J) ECJ 50070

* Art Pepper - Those Kenton Days (Capitol (J) ECJ 50070)

Stan Kenton Orchestra

same personnel

Los Angeles, CA, September 20, 1951

Street Of Dreams

Capitol (J) ECJ 50070

* Art Pepper - Those Kenton Days (Capitol (J) ECJ 50070)

Shorty Rogers And His Giants

Shorty Rogers (tp, arr) John Graas (frh) Gene Englund (tu) Art Pepper (as) Jimmy Giuffre (ts, arr) Hampton Hawes (p) Don Bagley (b) Shelly Manne (d)

Hollywood, CA, October 8, 1951

9117

Popo

Capitol 15763, 6F-15763, EAP 2-294, H 294, T 691, T 2025; Mosaic MR6-125

9118

Didi

Capitol 15765, 6F-15765, EAP 2-294, H 294, T 691, T 2025; Mosaic MR6-125

9119

Four Mothers

-

9120

Over The Rainbow

Capitol 15764, 6F-15764; Mosaic MR6-125

9121

Apropos

Capitol 15764, 6F-15763; Mosaic MR6-125

9122

Sam And The Lady

Capitol 15763, 6F-15764; Mosaic MR6-125

* Gerry Mulligan/Shorty Rogers - Modern Sounds (Capitol T 691)
* The Complete Atlantic And EMI Jazz Recordings Of Shorty Rogers (Mosaic MR6-125, MD4-125)
* Gerry Mulligan/Shorty Rogers - Modern Sounds (Capitol EAP 2-294)
* Shorty Rogers - Popo c/w Sam And The Lady (Capitol 15763)
* Shorty Rogers - Didi c/w Four Mothers (Capitol 15765)
* Shorty Rogers - Over The Rainbow c/w Apropos (Capitol 15764)
* Shorty Rogers - Modern Sounds (Capitol 6F-15763)
* Shorty Rogers - Modern Sounds (Capitol 6F-15765)
* Shorty Rogers - Modern Sounds (Capitol 6F-15764)
* Shorty Rogers And His Giants (no details) (Capitol H 294, T 2025)

Shelly Manne Septet

Conte Candoli (tp) Bill Russo (tb) Art Pepper (as) Bob Cooper (ts) Gene Esposito (p) Don Bargley (b) Shelly Manne (d, vo) Shelby Davis (vo)

Chicago, IL, November 12, 1951

3600

Pooch McGooch

Dee Gee XP 4006, MG 1003; Savoy MG 12045

3601

The Count On Rush Street

-

3602

Back In Your Own Backyard

Dee Gee XP 4006, MG 1003; Regent MG 6031

3603

All Of Me

Dee Gee XP 4006, MG 1003; Savoy MG 12045

* Shelly Manne/Bill Russo - Deep People: Jazz Composers Workshop, #1 (Savoy MG 12045)
* Various Artists - Singin' And Swingin' (Regent MG 6031; Savoy MG 12060, MG 12217)
* Shelly Manne And Group (Dee Gee MG 1003)
* Shelly Manne, Vol. 1 (Dee Gee XP 4006)

Shorty Rogers Quintet

Shorty Rogers (tp) Art Pepper (as) Frank Patchen (p) Howard Rumsey (b) Shelly Manne (d)

Los Angeles, CA, December 27, 1951

Popo

Xanadu 148

Lullaby In Rhythm

-

All The Things You Are

-

Robbins' Nest

-

Scrapple From The Apple

-

Body And Soul

-

Jive At Five

-

Cherokee

-

The recording quality is not the greatest on this 1980 Lp but the very early session by the Lighthouse All-Stars is both historic and quite listenable. Trumpeter Shorty Rogers teams up with altoist Art Pepper, pianist Frank Patchen, bassist Howard Rumsey and drummer Shelly Manne for his own "Popo" (a blues that was Shorty's theme song) plus nine jazz standards including "Lullaby In Rhythm," "Robbins Nest," "Scrapple From The Apple" and "Cherokee." This is one of Pepper's best early showcases and it is for his playing that the album is most highly recommended.

* Shorty Rogers/Art Pepper - Popo (Xanadu 148)

1952

Art Pepper Septet

Shorty Rogers (tp) Milt Burnhart (tb) Art Pepper (as) Jimmy Giuffre (ts) Frank Patchen (p) Howard Rumsey (b) Shelly Manne (d)

"Lighthouse Club", Hermosa Beach, CA, January 6, 1952

Tickle Toe

Norma (J) NLP 5001

Jumpin' At The Woodside

-

September Song

-

Avalon

-

Over The Rainbow

-

Keep And Peachy

-

These Foolish Things

Norma (J) NOCD 5630

Dickie's Dream

-

Yesterdays

-

Another Hair Do

-

Indiana

-

* Art Pepper Early Days, Vol. 1 (Norma (J) NLP 5001)
* Art Pepper Live At The Lighthouse '52 (Norma (J) NOCD 5630)

Art Pepper Quartet

Art Pepper (as, cl) Hampton Hawes (p) Joe Mondragon (b) Larry Bunker (d, vib)

"Surf Club", Hollywood, CA, early show, February 12, 1952

How High The Moon

Xanadu 108

Suzy The Poodle

-

Easy Steppin'

-

Tickle Toe

Xanadu 108, 5001

Patty Cake

Xanadu 108

Move

-

All The Things You Are

-

Don't Blame Me

-

Surf Ride

-

Rose Room

-

Suzy The Poodle (alt. take 1)

-

* Art Pepper - The Early Show (Xanadu 108)
* Various Artists - Four Decades Of Jazz (Xanadu 5001)

Art Pepper Quartet

Art Pepper (as) Hampton Hawes (p) Joe Mondragon (b) Larry Bunker (d, vib)

"Surf Club", Hollywood, CA, late show, February 12, 1952

A Night In Tunisia

Xanadu 117

Spiked Punch

-

The Way You Look Tonight

-

Minor Yours

-

Suzy The Poodle (alt. take 2)

-

Easy Steppin' (alt. take)

-

Chili Pepper

-

LAMJHP

-

Everything Happens To Me

-

Move (alt. take)

-

Altoist Art Pepper was 26 when he led the quartet heard on this Xanadu LP at the Surf Club in Hollywood. The earliest documentation of Pepper as a bandleader is this album and its follow-up, The Late Show. Even at this early stage Pepper largely had his own sound (he never chose to copy Charlie Parker) and he was a creative improviser. The sound quality of these tapes is not state-of-the-art, but the performances by Pepper (who also plays some effective clarinet on "Rose Room"), pianist Hampton Hawes, bassist Joe Mondragon and Larry Bunker on drums and vibes are consistently excellent. The repertoire, standards and Pepper "originals" based on fairly common chord changes, is typical of the era but Pepper's often-brilliant solos already put him near the top of his field.
The follow-up to The Early Show, this Xanadu LP is quite valuable for it continues the documentation of Art Pepper's earliest recording as a bandleader. Saved on an amateur tape recorder from the audience at Los Angeles' Surf Club, these performances have erratic recording quality, but the music is quite exciting. Pepper, joined by pianist Hampton Hawes, bassist Joe Mondragon and Larry Bunker on drums and vibes, performs bop standards and a variety of his originals that were based on the chord changes of familiar tunes. Even at this early stage, Art Pepper's talents and individuality were obvious. -- Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
 

* Art Pepper - The Late Show (Xanadu 117)

Art Pepper Quartet
 

Art Pepper (as) Hampton Hawes (p) Joe Mondragon (b) Larry Bunker (d)

Los Angeles, CA, March 4, 1952

D6001-7 | D6035

Brown Gold

Discovery 157, EP 19, DL 3019; Savoy MG 12089, SJL 2215

D6002-4 | D6036

These Foolish Things

Discovery 157, EP 19, DL 3019; Savoy 4518; Regent MG 6069; Savoy SJL 2215

D6003-5 | D6037

Surf Ride

Discovery 158, EP 19, DL 3019; Savoy MG 12089, MG 12125, SJL 2215

D6004-4 | D6038

Holiday Flight

Discovery 158, EP 19, DL 3019; Savoy MG 12089, SJL 2215

The music on this Savoy CD (put out by Nippon Columbia) is quite brilliant, but the packaging leaves a lot to be desired. The recording dates are all incorrect, there are only 12 performances included (around 37 minutes) and none of the sessions are reissued in complete form. Two of the dates, quartet outings with either Russ Freeman or Hampton Hawes on piano, have just three of their four numbers reissued while only six of the eight songs from the altoist's classic session with tenor saxophonist Jack Montrose are here. Even if the four missing selections had been included, the program would have totaled around 49 minutes. The somewhat random nature of this set is unfortunate, for Pepper is in superior form throughout with highlights including "Tickle Toe," "The Way You Look Tonight" and his earliest recordings of such originals as "Susie the Poodle," "Straight Life" and "Surf Ride." Get the more definitive LP sets instead.

* Art Pepper (Discovery DL 3019)
* Art Pepper - Surf Ride (Savoy MG 12089)
* Various Artists - Black California (Savoy SJL 2215)
* Art Pepper/Sonny Red - Two Altos (Regent MG 6069; Savoy MG 12215)
* Various Artists - The Many Faces Of Blues (Savoy MG 12125)
* Art Pepper Quartet (Discovery EP 19)
* Art Pepper - Brown Gold c/w These Foolish Things (Discovery 157, 45-157)
* Art Pepper - Surf Ride c/w Holiday Flight (Discovery 158, 45-158)
* Art Pepper - These Foolish Things c/w Straight Life (Savoy 4518)

1953

Shorty Rogers And His Giants

Shorty Rogers (tp, arr, cond) Milt Bernhart (tb) John Graas (frh) Gene Englund (tu) Art Pepper (as) Jimmy Giuffre (ts) Hampton Hawes (p) Joe Mondragon (b) Shelly Manne (d)

Los Angeles, CA, January 12, 1953

E3VB0007

Powder Puff

RCA Victor 20/47-5397, LPM 3137

E3VB0008

The Pesky Serpent

RCA Victor LPM 3137

E3VB0009

Bunny

RCA Victor EPA 731, LPM 3137

E3VB0010

Pirouette

-

* Shorty Rogers And His Giants (RCA Victor LPM 3137)
* Shorty Rogers And His Giants (no details) (RCA Victor 20/47-5397, EPA 731)

Shorty Rogers And His Giants

same personnel

Los Angeles, CA, January 15, 1953

E3VB0011

Morpo

RCA Victor 20/47-5397, EPA 731, LPM 3137

E3VB0012

Diablo's Dance

RCA Victor EPA 731, LPM 3137

E3VB0013

Mambo Del Crow

RCA Victor LPM 3137

E3VB0014

Indian Club

-

* Shorty Rogers And His Giants (RCA Victor LPM 3137)
* Shorty Rogers And His Giants (no details) (RCA Victor 20/47-5397, EPA 731)

Shorty Rogers And His Giants

Maynard Ferguson, Conrad Gozzo, John Howell, Tom Reeves, Shorty Rogers (tp) Milt Bernhart, Harry Betts, John Haliburton (tb) John Graas (frh) Gene Englund (tu) Art Pepper, Bud Shank (as) Jimmy Giuffre (ts) Bob Cooper (bars) Marty Paich (p) Curtis Counce (b) Shelly Manne (d)

Los Angeles, CA, March 26, April 2, 1953

Coup De Graas

RCA Victor LPM 3138

Infinity Promenade

-

Short Stop

-

Boar Jibu

-

Contours Tale Of An African Lobster

-

Chiquito Loco

-

Sweetheart Of Sigmund Freud

-

* Shorty Rogers - Cool And Crazy (RCA Victor LPM 3138)

Art Pepper Quartet
 

Art Pepper (as) Russ Freeman (p) Bob Whitlock (b) Bobby White (d)

Los Angeles, CA, March 29, 1953

D6058-2

Chili Pepper

Savoy SJL 2217

D6058-3

-

Savoy Jazz (J) K30Y 6187/88

D6058-4

-

Discovery 171, DL 3019; Savoy MG 12089, SJL 2217

D6058-5

-

Savoy Jazz (J) K30Y 6187/88

D6059-1

Suzy The Poodle

Discovery 170, DL 3019; Savoy MG 12089, SJL 2217

D6059-3

-

Savoy Jazz (J) K30Y 6187/88

D6059-5

-

-

D6059-6

-

Savoy SJL 2217

D6060-1

Everything Happens To Me

Savoy Jazz (J) K30Y 6187/88

D6060-2

-

-

D6060-3

-

Savoy SJL 2217

D6060-4

-

Discovery 171, DL 3019; Regent MG 6069; Savoy SJL 2217

D6060-6

-

Savoy Jazz (J) K30Y 6187/88

D6061-4

Tickle Toe

Discovery 170, DL 3019; Savoy MG 12089, SJL 2217

D6061-9

-

Savoy SJL 2217

This double-LP reissues two of altoist Art Pepper's earliest studio dates as a leader. On four songs he is joined by pianist Russ Freeman, bassist Bob Whitlock and drummer Bobby White, a quiet trio that allows Pepper to dominate such songs as "Everything Happens to Me" and "Tickle Toe." In addition, Pepper matches harmonies and wits with tenor saxophonist Jack Montrose (along with pianist Claude Williamson, bassist Monty Budwig and drummer Larry Bunker) on eight exuberant numbers including the earliest recording of Art's famous "Straight Life." But that is not all, for the second of these two LPs contains previously unissued alternate takes of all but one of the 11 pieces. Because Pepper and Montrose were in very good form during the performances, they are well worth hearing twice. In fact, a slightly later LP (titled Rediscoveries) would add 14 more versions to the legacy of these two exciting sessions. This highly enjoyable music has unfortunately only been reissued on CD thus far in random fashion. -- Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

* Art Pepper Discoveries (Savoy SJL 2217)
* Art Pepper (Discovery DL 3019)
* Art Pepper - Surf Ride (Savoy MG 12089)
* Art Pepper/Sonny Red - Two Altos (Regent MG 6069; Savoy MG 12215)
* Art Pepper - The Complete Surf Ride (Savoy Jazz (J) K30Y 6187/88)
* Art Pepper - Chili Pepper c/w Everything Happens To Me (Discovery 171)
* Art Pepper - Suzy The Poodle c/w Tickle Toe (Discovery 170)

Art Pepper With Sonny Clark Trio
 

Art Pepper (as) Sonny Clark (p) Howard Rumsey (b -7) Harry Babasin (b, cello) Bobby White (d) John Levine (cga -7)

"Lighthouse Club", Hermosa Beach, CA, March 30, 1953

1.

Brown Gold

Straight Ahead Jazz SAJ 1001

2.

These Foolish Things

-

3.

Tickle Toe

-

4.

Strike Up The Band

-

5.

Night And Day

-

6.

Deep Purple

Straight Ahead Jazz SAJ 1004

7.

Bluebird

-

8.

'S Wonderful

-

9.

Pennies From Heaven

-

10.

Holiday Flight

-

This CD contains a live performance from early in altoist Art Pepper's career in which he is joined by pianist Sonny Clark, Harry Babasin on bass and cello, and drummer Bobby White. Recorded at the legendary Lighthouse, the music is better than the recording quality. Pepper and Clark have many fine solos on the six standards and Art's "Brown Gold" (based on "I Got Rhythm") but this CD (there never was a Vol. 2) is strictly for collectors. -- Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

* Art Pepper With Sonny Clark Trio - Straight Ahead Jazz, Vol. 1 (Straight Ahead Jazz SAJ 1001)
* Art Pepper With Sonny Clark Trio - Straight Ahead Jazz, Vol. 2 (Straight Ahead Jazz SAJ 1004)

Shelly Manne And His Men
 

Bob Enevoldsen (vtb) Art Pepper (as) Bob Cooper (ts) Jimmy Giuffre (bars) Marty Paich (p) Curtis Counce (b) Shelly Manne (d) Shorty Rogers, Bill Russo (arr)

Hollywood, CA, April 6, 1953

LK339

Mallets

Contemporary C 354, CEP 4001, C 2503, C 3507

LK340

You And The Night And The Music

Contemporary C 353, CEP 4001, C 2503, C 3507

LK341

La Mucura

Contemporary C 354, CEP 4001, C 2503, C 3507

LK342

Gazelle

Contemporary C 353, CEP 4001, C 2503, C 3507

* Shelly Manne And His Men, Vol. 1 - The West Coast Sound (Contemporary C 3507; Fantasy OJC 152, OJCCD 152-2)
* Shelly Manne And His Men, Vol. 1 (Contemporary C 2503)
* Shelly Manne And His Men, Vol. 1 (Contemporary CEP 4001)
* Shelly Manne - Mallets c/w La Mucura (Contemporary C 354)
* Shelly Manne - You And The Night And The Music c/w Gazelle (Contemporary C 353)

1954

Art Pepper Quartet

Art Pepper (as) Jack Montrose (ts) Claude Williamson (p) Monty Budwig (b) Paul Ballerina (d -1/12) Larry Bunker (d -13/23)

Los Angeles, CA, August 25, 1954

1. D6301-3

Nutmeg

Discovery DL 3023; Savoy MG 12089, SJL 2217

2. D6301-4

-

Savoy SJL 2217

3. D6301-6

-

Savoy Jazz (J) K30Y 6187/88

4. D6301-7

-

-

5. D6302

-

Savoy SJL 2217

6. D6303-1

Deep Purple

Discovery DL 3023; Regent MG 6069; Savoy SJL 2217

7. D6304-2

Cinnamon

Savoy Jazz (J) K30Y 6187/88

8. D6304-3

-

Savoy SJL 2217

9. D6304-5

-

Discovery DL 3023; Savoy MG 12089, SJL 2217

10. D6305-1

What's New?

Savoy Jazz (J) K30Y 6187/88

11. D6305-2

-

Savoy SJL 2217

12. D6305-3

-

Discovery DL 3023; Regent MG 6069; Savoy SJL 2217

13. D6306-1

Thyme Time

Savoy Jazz (J) K30Y 6187/88

14. D6306-2

-

Discovery DL 3023; Savoy MG 12089, SJL 2217

15. D6306-3

-

Savoy SJL 2217

16. D6307-1

Straight Life

Savoy Jazz (J) K30Y 6187/88

17. D6307-2

-

Discovery DL 3023; Savoy 4518, MG 12089, MG 12126, SJL 2217

18. D6307-3

-

Savoy SJL 2217

19. D6308-1

Art's Oregano

Savoy Jazz (J) K30Y 6187/88

20. D6308-2

-

Savoy SJL 2217

21. D6308-5

-

Discovery DL 3023; Savoy MG 12089, SJL 2217

22. D6309-2

The Way You Look Tonight

Savoy SJL 2217

23. D6309-5

-

Discovery DL 3023; Savoy MG 12089, SJL 2217

This valuable Savoy LP, put out by Muse in 1986, has 14 previously unissued alternate takes taken from two Art Pepper sessions. The great altoist is heard with a quiet West Coast trio (pianist Russ Freeman, bassist Bob Whitlock and drummer Bobby White) and with a quintet co-starring tenor saxophonist Jack Montrose. The Pepper-Montrose matchup is particularly exciting but Pepper is actually in fine form on all of the performances; it is difficult to believe that these were all rejected takes. The remainder of the two productive sessions were released on a two-LP set around the same period titled Discoveries, and most of this music (particularly the alternate takes) has not been reissued on CD yet. -- Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

* Art Pepper Quintet (Discovery DL 3023)
* Art Pepper - Surf Ride (Savoy MG 12089)
* Art Pepper Discoveries (Savoy SJL 2217)
* Art Pepper/Sonny Red - Two Altos (Regent MG 6069; Savoy MG 12215)
* Various Artists - The Jazz Hour (Savoy MG 12126)
* Art Pepper - The Complete Surf Ride (Savoy Jazz (J) K30Y 6187/88)
* Art Pepper - These Foolish Things c/w Straight Life (Savoy 4518)

1956 (The age of 31)

Shorty Rogers And His Giants

Conte Candoli, Pete Candoli, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Maynard Ferguson, Shorty Rogers (tp) Milt Bernhart, Bob Enevoldsen, George Roberts, Frank Rosolino (tb) John Graas (frh) Paul Sarmento (tu) Charlie Mariano, Art Pepper (as) Bill Holman, Jack Montrose (ts) Jimmy Giuffre (bars) Lou Levy (p) Ralph Pena (b) Stan Levey (d)

Los Angeles, CA, July 5, 1956

Pay The Piper

RCA Victor LPM 1350

At Home With Sweets

-

Pink Squirrel

-

Blues Express

-

* Shorty Rogers - The Big Shorty Express (RCA Victor LPM 1350)

Chet Baker - Art Pepper Sextet


Chet Baker (tp) Art Pepper (as) Richie Kamuca (ts) Pete Jolly (p) Leroy Vinnegar (b) Stan Levey (d)

Forum Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, July 26, 1956

Tynan Time

Pacific Jazz PJ-LA 896-H, CDP 7 92931-2

The Route

World Pacific JWC 509; Crown CLP 5317; Pacific Jazz CDP 7 92931-2

The Route (ed.)

World Pacific JWC 513

Sonny Boy

Playboy PB 1958; Pacific Jazz CDP 7 92931-2

Minor Yours

Pacific Jazz PJ-LA 896-H, CDP 7 92931-2

Little Girl

Pacific Jazz EP 4-48; World Pacific JWC 507; Jazztone J 1274; Pacific Jazz PJ-LA 896-H, CDP 7 92931-2

One of two CDs that team Baker and altoist Art Pepper, this one also features tenor-saxophonist Ritchie Kamuca and pianist Pete Jolly; all four players get their own showcases. The often-heated results make it obvious that there was no strict borderline between artists associated with West Coast jazz and hard bop for some of these performances burn. It's strange that both Baker and Pepper could play such consistent music while conducting chaotic lifestyles. -- Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
 

* Art Pepper Plays Shorty Rogers And Others (Pacific Jazz PJ-LA 896-H)
* Various Artists - The Blues, Vol. 2: Have Blues, Will Travel (World Pacific JWC 509)
* Chet Baker Quintette (Crown CLP 5317)
* Various Artists - The Blues In Stereo (World Pacific JWC 513, ST 1021)
* The Playboy Jazz All Stars, Vol. 2 (Playboy PB 1958)
* Various Artists - Jazz West Coast, Vol. 3 (World Pacific JWC 507)
* Various Artists - West Coast Jazz, Vol. III (Jazztone J 1274)
* Chet Baker/Art Pepper - The Route (Pacific Jazz CDP 7 92931-2)
* Chet Baker - Art Pepper Sextet (no details) (Pacific Jazz EP 4-48)

Art Pepper Quartet

Art Pepper (as) Pete Jolly (p -1) Leroy Vinnegar (b) Stan Levey (d)

Forum Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, July 26, 1956

1.

Ol' Croix

World Pacific JWC 507; Pacific Jazz PJ 60, PJ-LA 896-H, CDP 7 92931-2

2.

I Can't Give You Anything But Love

Pacific Jazz JWC 505, PJ 60; Jazztone J 1274; Pacific Jazz CDP 7 92931-2

3.

The Great Lie

Pacific Jazz CDP 7 92931-2

* Various Artists - Jazz West Coast, Vol. 3 (World Pacific JWC 507)
* Art Pepper - The Artistry Of Pepper (Pacific Jazz PJ 60)
* Art Pepper Plays Shorty Rogers And Others (Pacific Jazz PJ-LA 896-H)
* Various Artists - Solo Flight (Pacific Jazz JWC 505)
* Various Artists - West Coast Jazz, Vol. III (Jazztone J 1274)
* Chet Baker/Art Pepper - The Route (Pacific Jazz CDP 7 92931-2)

Art Pepper Quintet

 

Jack Sheldon (tp -1,2,4/7,9,10) Art Pepper (as) Russ Freeman (p) Leroy Vinnegar (b) Shelly Manne (d)

Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, CA, August 6, 1956

1. IM-3827

Pepper Returns

Jazz West JWLP 10; Imperial LP 9238; Blue Note BN-LA 591-H2, CDP 7 46863-2

2. IM-3828

Broadway

Jazz West JWLP 10; Blue Note BN-LA 591-H2, CDP 7 46863-2

3. IM-3829

You Go To My Head

-

4. IM-3830

Angel Wings

Jazz West JWLP 10; Imperial LP 9238; Blue Note BN-LA 591-H2, CDP 7 46863-2

5. IM-3831

Funny Blues

-

6. IM-3832

Five More

Jazz West JWLP 10; Blue Note BN-LA 591-H2, CDP 7 46863-2

7. IM-3833

Minority

-

8. IM-3834

Patricia

-

9. IM-3835

Mambo De La Pinta

-

10. IM-3836

Walkin' Out Blues

-

* The Return Of Art Pepper (Jazz West JWLP 10; Score SLP 4032)
* Various Artists - Jazz Festival, Vol. 2 (Imperial LP 9238)
* Art Pepper - Early Art (Blue Note BN-LA 591-H2)
* The Complete Art Pepper Aladdin Recordings, Vol. 1 - The Return Of Art Pepper (Blue Note CDP 7 46863-2)

Marty Paich Quartet
 

Art Pepper (as) Marty Paich (p) Buddy Clark (b) Frank Capp (d)

Los Angeles, CA, August-September, 1956

Abstract Art

Tampa TP 28

Over The Rainbow

-

Melancholy

-

Madeline

-

Sidewinder

-

You And The Night And The Music

-

All The Things You Are

-

Marty's Blues

-

Pitfall

-

What's Right For You

-

This CD from V.S.O.P. reissues a fairly obscure Tampa LP featuring pianist Marty Paich (better-known as an arranger), altoist Art Pepper, bassist Buddy Clark and drummer Frank Capp; this music has also been issued under Pepper's name. Pepper and Paich would have several notable collaborations during the next few years, but this was their first. Pepper is generally the main star (particularly on such numbers as "You and the Night and the Music," "Over the Rainbow" and "All the Things You Are") while Paich (who has several fine piano solos) contributes three of the eight songs to this cool-toned, but hard-swinging, set. -- Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

* Marty Paich Quartet Featuring Art Pepper (Tampa TP 28)

Horgy Carmichael With Johnny Mandel Orchestra

Harry Edison, Conrad Gozzo (tp) Jimmy Zito (btp) Harry Klee, Art Pepper (as) Mort Friedman (ts) Marty Berman (bars) Jimmy Rowles (p) Al Hendrickson (g) Joe Mondragon (b) Irv Cottler (d) Hoagy Carmichael (vo -1/3) Johnny Mandel (arr, cond)

Los Angeles, CA, September 10, 1956

1.

Georgia On My Mind

Pacific Jazz PJ 1223

2.

New Orleans

-

3.

Baltimore Oriole

-

4.

Georgia On My Mind (inst.)

Pacific Jazz CDP 46862-2

* Hoagy Carmichael - Hoagy Sings Carmichael (Pacific Jazz PJ 1223, WP 1223, CDP 46862-2)

Horgy Carmichael With Johnny Mandel Orchestra

Ralph Pena (b) replaces Mondragon

Los Angeles, CA, September 11, 1956

Memphis In June

Pacific Jazz PJ 1223

Two Sleepy People

-

Lazy River

-

* Hoagy Carmichael - Hoagy Sings Carmichael (Pacific Jazz PJ 1223, WP 1223, CDP 46862-2)

Horgy Carmichael With Johnny Mandel Orchestra

Don Fagerquist, Ray Linn (tp) Joe Mondragon (b) Nick Fatool (d) replaces Edison, Gozzo, Pena, Cottler

Los Angeles, CA, September 13, 1956

Winter Moon

Pacific Jazz PJ 1223

Skylark

-

Rockin' Chair

-

Ballad In Blue

-

* Hoagy Carmichael - Hoagy Sings Carmichael (Pacific Jazz PJ 1223, WP 1223, CDP 46862-2)

Chet Baker Big Band

Chet Baker, Conte Candoli, Norman Faye (tp) Frank Rosolino (tb) Art Pepper, Bud Shank (as) Bill Perkins, Phil Urso (ts) Bobby Timmons (p) James Bond (b) Lawrence Marable (d)

Los Angeles, CA, October 26, 1956

Tenderly

Pacific Jazz 636, PJ 1229; World Pacific WP 1257, JWC 514

A Foggy Day

Pacific Jazz PJ 1229

Darn That Dream

-

Music To Dance To

World Pacific JWC 510

* Chet Baker Big Band (Pacific Jazz PJ 1229, WP 1229)
* Various Artists - The Sound Of Big Band Jazz In Hi Fi! (World Pacific WP 1257, ST 1015)
* Various Artists - The Sound Of Big Band Jazz In Hi Fi (World Pacific JWC 514)
* Various Artists - Jazz West Coast, Vol. 4 (World Pacific JWC 510, ST 1009)
* Chet Baker - Tenderly c/w ??? (Pacific Jazz 636)

Chet Baker - Art Pepper Sextet
 

Chet Baker (tp) Art Pepper (as) Phil Urso (ts) Carl Perkins (p) Curtis Counce (b) Lawrence Marable (d)

Los Angeles, CA, October 31, 1956

For Miles And Miles

Pacific Jazz PJ 1234

Picture Of Heath

-

Minor Yours?

-

C.T.A.

Pacific Jazz PJ 1234, PJ 60

Resonant Emotions

Pacific Jazz PJ 1234

Tynan Time

-

For Minors Only

-

This is the second CD (following The Route) to team trumpeter Chet Baker and altoist Art Pepper, two masterful players who had similar (and rather strange) life stories, with so many ups and downs as to be almost unbelievable. None of the chaos of their lives appears in the fine music they created. This sextet session (which has five Jimmy Heath compositions in addition to two originals from Pepper) also contains spots for excellent solos by tenor-saxophonist Phil Urso and pianist Carl Perkins. -- Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

* Chet Baker/Art Pepper - Playboys (Pacific Jazz PJ 1234, WP 1234)
= Chet Baker/Art Pepper/Phil Urso - Picture Of Heath (Pacific Jazz PJ 18)
* Art Pepper - The Artistry Of Pepper (Pacific Jazz PJ 60)        

Modern Jazz Gallery

Buddy Childers, Don Fagerquist, Maynard Ferguson, Ray Linn (tp) Milt Bernhart, Lloyd Elliot, Tommy Pederson, Frank Rosolino (tb) Art Pepper, Bud Shank (as) Ted Nash (ts) Chuck Gentry (bars) Gerald Wiggins (p) Howard Roberts (g) Max Bennett (b) Alvin Stoller (d)

Los Angeles, CA, November 2, 1956

Music City

Kapp KXL 5001

Fish Tail

-

Smoggy Day

-

Los Angeles River

-

* Various Artists - Modern Jazz Gallery (Kapp KXL 5001)

Art Pepper Quartet

Art Pepper (as) Russ Freeman (p) Ben Tucker (b) Gary Frommer (d)

Los Angeles, CA, November 23, 1956

Art's Opus

Tampa TP 20

I Surrender, Dear

-

Diane

-

Pepper Pot

-

Besame Mucho

-

Blues At Twilight

-

Val's Pal

-

Pepper Pot (alt. take)

Fantasy OJCCD 816-2

Blues At Twilight (alt. take)

-

Val's Pal (take 1)

-

Val's Pal (take 4)

-

Val's Pal (take 5)

-

Originally released on the defunct Tampa label and then on CD by the small V.S.O.P. label, this straight reissue in the OJC series features the great altoist Art Pepper with pianist Russ Freeman, bassist Ben Tucker and drummer Gary Frommer. Despite the inclusion of five alternate takes, there is still only around 41 minutes of music but the quality is high; even with his erratic lifestyle, Pepper never made a bad record. Highlights include Art's original "Diane," "Besame Mucho" and "Pepper Pot." Fine music, but not essential when one considers how many gems Art Pepper recorded during his rather hectic life. -- Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
 

* The Art Pepper Quartet (Tampa TP 20; Fantasy OJCCD 816-2)

Ted Brown Sextet
 

 

Art Pepper (as) Ted Brown, Warne Marsh (ts) Ronnie Ball (p) Ben Tucker (b) Jeff Morton (d)

Los Angeles, CA, November 26, 1956

I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me

Contemporary S 7630

I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me (alt. take)

Contemporary (J) VICJ 23640

All The Things You Are

Contemporary S 7630

All The Things You Are (alt. take)

Contemporary (J) VICJ 23640

What's New?

Contemporary S 7630

Tickle Toe

-

Avalon

Contemporary (J) VICJ 23640

Warnin' (take 1)

-

Warnin' (take 2)

-

Stompin' At The Savoy

-

Aretha

Vanguard VRS 8515

Long Gone

-

Once We Were Young

-

Foolin' Myself

-

Avalon

-

On A Slow Boat To China

-

Crazy, She Calls Me

-

Broadway

-

Arrival

-

* Art Pepper - ...The Way It Was! (Contemporary S 7630; Fantasy OJC 389, OJCCD 389-2)
* Ted Brown - Free Wheeling (Vanguard VRS 8515)
* Art Pepper With Warne Marsh (Contemporary (J) VICJ 23640)

Bill Perkins Quintet

Art Pepper (as) Bill Perkins (ts) Jimmie Rowles (p) Ben Tucker (b) Mel Lewis (d)

Los Angeles, CA, December 11, 1956

A Foggy Day

Pacific Jazz PJM 401, PJ 60

Diane-A-Flow

-

What Is This Thing Called Love?

-

Zenobia

-

* Bill Perkins/Art Pepper/Richie Kamuca - Just Friends (Pacific Jazz PJM 401; World Pacific WPM 401)
* Art Pepper - The Artistry Of Pepper (Pacific Jazz PJ 60)

Art Pepper Quartet

Art Pepper (as) Russ Freeman (p -1,2,5) Ben Tucker (b) Chuck Flores (d -1,2,5)

Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA, December 28, 1956

1. RR2783 | IM-3837

What Is This Thing Called Love?

Intro ILP 606; Blue Note BN-LA 591-H2, CDP 7 46848-2

2. RR2784 | IM-3838

Stompin' At The Savoy

-

3. RR2785 | IM-3839

Blues In

-

4. RR2785 | IM-3841

Blues Out

Intro ILP 606; Blue Note CDP 7 46848-2

5. RR2786 | IM-3840

Bewitched

Intro ILP 606; Blue Note BN-LA 591-H2, CDP 7 46848-2

* Art Pepper - Modern Art (Intro ILP 606; Score SLP 4030)
* Art Pepper - Early Art (Blue Note BN-LA 591-H2)
* The Complete Art Pepper Aladdin Recordings, Vol. 2 - Modern Art (Blue Note CDP 7 46848-2)

1957

Joe Morello Quintet

Art Pepper (as, ts) Red Norvo (vib -1/3) Gerald Wiggins (p) Ben Tucker (b) Joe Morello (d)

Western Recorders, Los Angeles, CA, January 3, 1957

1. IM-3845

Tenor Blooz

Intro ILP 608; Blue Note BN-LA 591-H2, CDP 7 46863-2

2. IM-3846

You're Driving Me Crazy

-

3. IM-3849

Pepper Steak

-

4. IM-3773

Yardbird Suite

-

5. IM-5031

Straight Life

-

* Joe Morello - Collections (Intro ILP 608)
= Art Pepper With The Red Norvo Trio (Score SLP 4031)
* Art Pepper - Early Art (Blue Note BN-LA 591-H2)
* The Complete Art Pepper Aladdin Recordings, Vol. 1 - The Return Of Art Pepper (Blue Note CDP 7 46863-2)

Art Pepper Quartet

Art Pepper (as) Russ Freeman (p) Ben Tucker (b) Chuck Flores (d)

Master Recorders, Los Angeles, CA, January 14, 1957

MR2804 | IM-3842

When You're Smiling

Intro ILP 606; Blue Note BN-LA 591-H2, CDP 7 46848-2

MR2805 | IM-3843

Cool Bunny

-

MR2806 | IM-3844

Diane's Dilemma

-

Diane's Dilemma (alt. take) (Blues Out)

Blue Note BN-LA 591-H2, CDP 7 46848-2

MR2807

Summertime

Blue Note CDP 7 46848-2

Blue Note's The Return of Art Pepper: The Complete Art Pepper Aladdin Recordings compiles the 13 final masters that the alto saxophonist recorded for Aladdin between August 1956 and January 1957. These are titled The Return of Art Pepper, since they were recorded shortly after he completed a jail sentence in 1956. As a result, Pepper's chops are a little rusty, but you can hear that he still has a passion for playing, and he does improve over the course of these tracks. For serious Pepper fans, it's worth a listen, but for less dedicated fans, there are better places to become acquainted with his work. -- Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide
 

* Art Pepper - Modern Art (Intro ILP 606; Score SLP 4030)
* Art Pepper - Early Art (Blue Note BN-LA 591-H2)
* The Complete Art Pepper Aladdin Recordings, Vol. 2 - Modern Art (Blue Note CDP 7 46848-2)

Art Pepper Quartet

Art Pepper (as) Carl Perkins (p) Clarence Jones (b) Lawrence Marable (d)

'The Steve Allen Show', Los Angeles, CA, January 18, 1957

Cherokee

Norma (J) NLP 5004

Over The Rainbow

-

What Is This Thing Called Love?

-

* Art Pepper/Sonny Criss/Bud Shank - The Altoman (Norma (J) NLP 5004)

Art Pepper With The Rhythm Section

Art Pepper (as) Red Garland (p) Paul Chambers (b) Philly Joe Jones (d)

Hollywood, CA, January 19, 1957

You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To

Contemporary CEP 4048, C 3532

Red Pepper Blues

-

Imagination

Contemporary C 3532

Waltz Me Blues

-

Straight Life

Contemporary CEP 4048, C 3532

Jazz Me Blues

Contemporary C 3532

Tin Tin Deo

-

Star Eyes

-

Birks' Works

-

The Man I Love

Contemporary S 7630

* Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section (Contemporary C 3532, S 7532; Stereo S 7018; Fantasy OJC 338, OJCCD 338-2)
* Art Pepper - ...The Way It Was! (Contemporary S 7630; Fantasy OJC 389, OJCCD 389-2)
* Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section, Vol. 2 (Contemporary CEP 4048)

Quincy Jones Septet

Benny Carter, Herb Geller, Charlie Mariano, Art Pepper (as) Lou Levy (p) Red Mitchell (b) Shelly Manne (d)

Los Angeles, CA, February 25, 1957

Dancin' Pants

ABC-Paramount ABC 186; Impulse GRD 115

Be My Guest

-

Kings Road Blues

-

* Quincy Jones - Go West Man! (ABC-Paramount ABC 186)
* Quincy Jones - This Is How I Feel About Jazz (Impulse GRD 115)

Art Pepper Quartet

 

Art Pepper (as, cl) Larry Bunker (p -1,3,4) Russ Freeman (p -2) Don Payne (b) Chuck Flores (d) Pam Russell (vo -2)

'Stars Of Jazz Show', Los Angeles, CA, March 31, 1957

1.

All The Things You Are

Calliope CAL 3015

2.

Stormy Weather

-

3.

Everything Happens To Me

-

4.

St. Louis Blues

-

* Buddy DeFranco/Art Pepper - Sessions, Live (Calliope CAL 3015)

Art Pepper Quartet
 

Art Pepper (as) Carl Perkins (p) Ben Tucker (b) Chuck Flores (d)

Audio Arts, Los Angeles, CA, April 1, 1957

AA2871-4 | IM-3979

Holiday Flight

Omegatape ST 7020; Blue Note CDP 7 46853-2

AA2872-1 | IM-3980

Too Close For Comfort

Omegatape ST 7020; Blue Note LT 1064, CDP 7 46853-2

AA2873-1 | IM-3855

Long Ago And Far Away

Overseas (J) ULS 1534-V; Omegatape ST 2030; Blue Note CDP 7 46853-2

AA2874-5 | IM-3858

Begin The Beguine

Omegatape ST 7020; Blue Note LT 1064, CDP 7 46853-2

AA2874

Begin The Beguine (alt. take)

Blue Note CDP 7 46848-2

AA2875-3 | IM-3856

I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me

Overseas (J) ULS 1534-V; Omegatape ST 2030; Blue Note CDP 7 46853-2

AA2876-2

Webb City (alt. take)

Blue Note CDP 7 46848-2

AA2876 | IM-3859

Webb City

Omegatape ST 7020; Blue Note LT 1064, CDP 7 46853-2

AA2877-1 | IM-3857/3860

Summertime

Blue Note LT 1064, CDP 7 46853-2

AA2878-7

Diane-A-Mine

Omega unissued

AA2879 | IM-3854?

Fascinatin' Rhythm

Overseas (J) ULS 1534-V; Omegatape ST 2030; Blue Note LT 1064, CDP 7 46853-2

AA2879-10 | IM-3861?

Fascinatin' Rhythm (take 2)

Omegatape ST 2030; Blue Note CDP 7 46848-2

AA2880-3 | IM-3981

Body And Soul

Omegatape ST 7020; Blue Note LT 1064, CDP 7 46853-2

AA2881-7 | IM-3853

Without A Song

Overseas (J) ULS 1534-V; Omegatape ST 2030; Blue Note CDP 7 46853-2

AA2882-3 | IM-3862

Blues Rock

Omega rejected

AA2883-2 | IM-3863

Rock Blues

-

AA2884-2 | IM-3852

The Breeze And I

Overseas (J) ULS 1534-V; Omegatape ST 2030; Blue Note CDP 7 46853-2

AA2885-6 | IM-3982

Surf Ride

Omegatape ST 7020; Blue Note LT 1064, CDP 7 46853-2

The music on this Blue Note LP has always been somewhat obscure. Originally released by Omegatape only on pre-recorded tapes, it did not make its debut on an American LP until this 1980 album came out. It was a strange twist of fate, for the music for altoist Art Pepper (who was in one of his prime periods) was in top form throughout the date, playing "Surf Ride," "Webb City" and five familiar standards with pianist Carl Perkins, bassist Ben Tucker and drummer Chuck Flores. Highlights include "Surf Ride," "Fascinatin' Rhythm" and "Body and Soul." -- Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

* Art Pepper - The Art Of Pepper (Omegatape ST 7020)
* Art Pepper - Omega Alpha (Blue Note LT 1064)
* Art Pepper - The Art Of Pepper, Vol. II (Overseas (J) ULS 1534-V)
* Art Pepper - The Art Of Pepper, Vol. II (Omegatape ST 2030)
* The Complete Art Pepper Aladdin Recordings, Vol. 3 - The Art Of Pepper (Blue Note CDP 7 46853-2)
* The Complete Art Pepper Aladdin Recordings, Vol. 2 - Modern Art (Blue Note CDP 7 46848-2)

Showcase For Modern Jazz

Bob Cooper (ob, ts) Art Pepper (as, ts) Claude Williamson (p) Howard Lucraft (g) Monty Budwig (b) Stan Levey (d)

Los Angeles, CA, June, 1957

California Zephyr

Decca DL 8679

Two-Part Contention

-

Midnight Sun

-

* Various Artists - Showcase For Modern Jazz (Decca DL 8679)

John Graas And His Orchestra

Conte Candoli (tp) John Graas (frh) Red Callender (tu) Art Pepper (as) Bob Cooper (ts) Buddy Collette (bars) Paul Moer (p) Red Mitchell (b) Shelly Manne (d)

Los Angeles, CA, July 22, 1957

Midnight Sun

Decca DL 8677

Jazz Overture

-

Petite Poem

-

* John Graas - Jazz Mantics (Decca DL 8677)

Art Pepper Nonet

Don Fagerquist (tp) Stu Williamson (vtb) Red Callender (tu) Art Pepper (as) Bill Holman (ts) Bud Shank (bars) Russ Freeman (p) Monty Budwig (b) Shelly Manne (d) Shorty Rogers (arr, cond)

Los Angeles, CA, August 12, 1957

Popo

World Pacific JWC 510; Pacific Jazz PJ-LA 896-H; Mosaic MR3-105

Popo (alt. take)

Mosaic MR3-105; Blue Note CDP 7 97194-2

Didi

Pacific Jazz PJ-LA 896-H; Mosaic MR3-105

Powder Puff

World Pacific JWC 511; Pacific Jazz PJ-LA 896-H; Mosaic MR3-105

Bunny

World Pacific WP 1257, JWC 514; Pacific Jazz PJ-LA 896-H; Mosaic MR3-105

Diablo's Dance

Pacific Jazz PJ-LA 896-H; Mosaic MR3-105

Diablo's Dance (alt. take)

Blue Note CDP 7 97194-2

* Various Artists - Jazz West Coast, Vol. 4 (World Pacific JWC 510, ST 1009)
* Art Pepper Plays Shorty Rogers And Others (Pacific Jazz PJ-LA 896-H)
* The Complete Pacific Jazz Small Group Recordings Of Art Pepper (Mosaic MR3-105)
* Various Artists - Jazz West Coast, Vol. 5 (World Pacific JWC 511, ST 1031)
* Various Artists - The Sound Of Big Band Jazz In Hi Fi! (World Pacific WP 1257, ST 1015)
* Various Artists - The Sound Of Big Band Jazz In Hi Fi (World Pacific JWC 514)
* Art Pepper - The Artistry Of Pepper (Blue Note CDP 7 97194-2)

John Graas And His Orchestra

Conte Candoli (tp) John Graas (frh) Red Callender (tu) Art Pepper (as) Bob Cooper (ts, ob -1/3, ts -4/7) Buddy Collette (bars, fl -1/3, bars -4/7) Paul Moer (p) Buddy Clark (b) Shelly Manne (d -4/7) Larry Bunker (d, xyl, timp -1/3)

Los Angeles, CA, August 13, 1957

1. 15631

Blocksounds

EmArcy MG 36117

2. 15632

Blues Street

-

3. 15633

Van Nuis Indeed

-

4.

ID

Decca DL 8677

5.

Will Success Spoil Rock And Roll

-

6.

Jazz Chorale

-

7.

Free And Easy

Fresh Sound (Sp) FSR 70

* John Graas - Coup De Graas (EmArcy MG 36117)
= John Graas! (EmArcy SR 80020; Mercury MG 20533, SR 60210)
* John Graas - Jazz Mantics (Decca DL 8677)
* John Graas - Jazz Mantics (Fresh Sound (Sp) FSR 70)

John Graas And His Orchestra

Pete Candoli (tp -1,2) John Graas (frh) Red Callender (tu -1/3) Art Pepper (as -1/3, ts -4,5) Bob Cooper (ts, ob -1/3) Buddy Collette (bars, fl -1/3) Paul Moer (p) Buddy Clark (b) Larry Bunker (d, xyl, timp)

Los Angeles, CA, August 15, 1957

1. 15634

Development

EmArcy MG 36117

2. 15635

Land Of Broken Toys

-

3. 15636

Swing Nicely

-

4. 15637

Walkin' Shoes

-

5. 15638

Rogeresque

-

* John Graas - Coup De Graas (EmArcy MG 36117)
= John Graas! (EmArcy SR 80020; Mercury MG 20533, SR 60210)

Jack Sheldon And His Exciting All Star Big Band

Chet Baker, Jack Sheldon (tp) Stu Williamson (vtb) Herb Geller, Art Pepper (as) Harold Land (ts) Paul Moer (p) Buddy Clark (b) Mel Lewis (d)

Los Angeles, CA, August, 1957

Anyhow

Gene Norman Presents GNP 60; Fresh Sound (Sp) FSR 624

Julie Is Her Name

-

Aplomb

-

Sunset Eyes

-

J.S.

-

* Jack Sheldon - Jack's Groove (Gene Norman Presents GNP 60)
* Jack Sheldon - Jack's Groove (Fresh Sound (Sp) FSR 624)

Art Pepper Octet

Conte Candoli (tp) Art Pepper (as) Bill Perkins (ts) Russ Freeman (p) Ben Tucker (b) Chuck Flores (d) Jack Costanzo, Mike Pacheco (per)

Los Angeles, CA, October, 1957

Mucho Calor

Andex AS 3002

Autumn Leaves

-

Mambo De La Pinta

-

I'll Remember April

-

Voya Hombre Voya

-

I Love You

-

Mambo Jumbo

-

Old Devil Moon

-

Pernod

-

That Old Black Magic

-

* Art Pepper - Mucho Calor (Andex AS 3002)

1958

John Graas And His Orchestra

Jack Sheldon (tp) Bob Enevoldsen (vtb) John Graas (frh) Art Pepper (as, cl) Bill Perkins (ts) Buddy Collette (bars, fl) Paul Moer (p) Red Mitchell (b) Larry Bunker (d, vib, timp)

Los Angeles, CA, March 18, 1958

Jazz-Chaconne Number One

Andex AS 3003

Jazz-Chaconne Number One (alt. take)

Andex VSOP 65CD

Number One

Andex AS 3003

* John Graas - International Premiere In Jazz (Andex AS 3003, VSOP 65CD)

Art Pepper Quartet

Art Pepper (as) Larry Bunker (p -1/3) Victor Feldman (p -4) Don Payne (b) Chuck Flores (d) Pam Russell (vo -4)

Los Angeles, CA, March 31, 1958

1.

All The Things You Are

Norma (J) NLP 5004

2.

Everything Happens To Me

-

3.

St. Louis Blues

-

4.

Stormy Weather

-

* Art Pepper/Sonny Criss/Bud Shank - The Altoman (Norma (J) NLP 5004)

1959

Marty Paich And His Orchestra

Frank Beach (tp) Stu Williamson (tp, vtb) George Roberts, George Roberts (tb) Bob Enevoldsen (vtb, ts) Vince DeRosa (frh) Jimmy Giuffre (cl, bars) Art Pepper (as) Bill Perkins (ts) Victor Feldman (vib, per) Marty Paich (p) Scott LaFaro (b) Mel Lewis (d)

Los Angeles, CA, January, 1959

Too Close For Comfort

Warner Bros. WB 1296

Yonger Than Spring Time / Surrey With The Fringe On Top

-

I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face

-

It's All Right With Me

-

I Love Paris

-

Lazy Afternoon

-

Just In Time

-

If I Were A Bell

-

I've Never Been In Love Before

-

* Marty Paich - The Broadway Bit (Warner Bros. WB 1296, WS 1296)
= Marty Paich - The New York Scene (Discovery DS 844)
= Marty Paich - Moanin' (Discovery DSCD 962)

Dave Pell Big Band

Frank Beach, Jack Sheldon (tp) Bob Enevoldsen (vtb) Arthur Maebe (frh) Phil Stephens (tu) Art Pepper (as) Dave Pell (ts) Marty Berman (bars) Marty Paich (p) Buddy Clark (b) Mel Lewis (d)

Los Angeles, CA, February, 1959

Walkin' Shoes

Capitol T 1309

Boplicity

-

Popo

-

* Dave Pell - The Big Small Bands (Capitol T 1309)

Art Pepper With Marty Paich Orchestra

Pete Candoli, Jack Sheldon (tp) Dick Nash (tb) Bob Enevoldsen (vtb, ts) Vince DeRosa (frh) Herb Geller (as) Art Pepper (as, ts, cl) Bill Perkins (ts) Med Flory (bars) Russ Freeman (p) Joe Mondragon (b) Mel Lewis (d) Marty Paich (arr, cond)

Los Angeles, CA, March 14, 1959

Opus De Funk

Contemporary M 3568

'Round About Midnight

-

Walkin' Shoes

-

Airegin

-

This is a true classic. Altoist Art Pepper is joined by an 11-piece band playing Marty Paich arrangements of a dozen jazz standards from the bop and cool jazz era. Trumpeter Jack Sheldon has a few solos, but the focus is very much on the altoist who is in peak form for this period. The CD reissue adds two additional versions of "Walkin'" and one of "Donna Lee" to the original program. Throughout, Pepper sounds quite inspired by Paich's charts which feature the band as an active part of the music rather than just in the background. Highlights of this highly enjoyable set include "Move," "Four Brothers," "Shaw Nuff," "Anthropology" and "Donna Lee," but there is not a single throwaway track to be heard. Essential music for all serious jazz collections. -- Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

* Art Pepper + Eleven - Modern Jazz Classics (Contemporary M 3568, S 7568; Fantasy OJC 341, OJCCD 341-2)

Herb Ellis - Jimmy Giuffre Nonet

Art Pepper, Bud Shank (as) Richie Kamuca (ts) Jimmy Giuffre (ts, bars) Lou Levy (p) Herb Ellis, Jim Hall (g) Joe Mondragon (b) Stan Levey (d)

Los Angeles, CA, March 26, 1959

26285-5

Goose Geese

Verve MGV 8311

26286-3

When Your Lover Has Gone

-

26287-8

You Know

-

26288-7

My Old Flame

-

26289-4

Country Boy

-

26290-10

People Will Say We're In Love

-

26291-7

Remember?

-

26292-1

Patricia

-

* Herb Ellis Meets Jimmy Giuffre (Verve MGV 8311, MGVS 6045)

Art Pepper With Marty Paich Orchestra

Al Porcino, Jack Sheldon (tp) Dick Nash (tb) Bob Enevoldsen (vtb, ts) Vince DeRosa (frh) Bud Shank (as) Art Pepper (as, ts, cl) Bill Perkins (ts) Med Flory (bars) Russ Freeman (p) Joe Mondragon (b) Mel Lewis (d) Marty Paich (arr, cond)

Los Angeles, CA, March 28, 1959

Groovin' High

Contemporary M 3568

Shaw 'Nuff

-

Anthropology

-

Donna Lee

-

Donna Lee (alt. take)

Fantasy OJCCD 341-2

* Art Pepper + Eleven - Modern Jazz Classics (Contemporary M 3568, S 7568; Fantasy OJC 341, OJCCD 341-2)

Barney Kessel Septet

Joe Gordon (tp) Art Pepper (as, ts, cl) Jimmie Rowles (p) Barney Kessel, Jack Marshall (g) Monty Budwig (b) Shelly Manne (d)

Los Angeles, CA, March 30 & 31, 1959

Some Like It Hot

Contemporary M 3565

I Wanna Be Loved By You

-

Sweet Sue

Contemporary M 3565, FCD 60-021

Runnin' Wild

Contemporary M 3565

Sweet Georgia Brown

-

Down Among The Sheltering Palms

-

Sugar Blues

-

By The Beautiful Sea

-

Sweet Sue (alt. take)

Fantasy OJCCD 168-2

Runnin' Wild (alt. take)

-

* Barney Kessel - Some Like It Hot (Contemporary M 3565, S 7565; Fantasy OJC 168, OJCCD 168-2)
* The Artistry Of Barney Kessel (Contemporary FCD 60-021)

Mel Torme With Marty Paich Orchestra

Jack Sheldon (tp) Art Pepper (as, ts) Victor Feldman (vib) Marty Paich (p, org, cel, arr) 5 unknown (g) unknown (b) unknown (d) Mel Torme (vo) The Mel-Tones: Ginny O'Connor, Bernie Parke, Sue Allen, Tom Kenny (chorus) unidentified orchestra

Los Angeles, CA, April 23, 28 & 29, 1959

26374-11

Makin' Whoopee!

Verve MGV 2120

26375-4

What Is This Thing Called Love?

-

26376-20

Baubles, Bangles And Beads

-

26377-4

It Happened In Monterey

-

26378-7

I've Never Been In Love Before

-

26379-6

Truckin'

-

26380-5

Hit The Road To Dreamland

-

26381-8

Li'l Darlin'

-

26382-6

A Bunch Of The Blues: Don't Dream Of Anybody But Me / Keester Parade / TNT / Tiny's Blues

-

26383-5

Some Like It Hot

-

26384-7

A Smooth One

-

26385-13

I Hadn't Anyone Till You

-

* Mel Torme With The Meltones - Back In Town (Verve MGV 2120, MGVS 6063)

Art Pepper With Marty Paich Orchestra

Al Porcino, Jack Sheldon (tp) Dick Nash (tb) Bob Enevoldsen (vtb, ts) Vince DeRosa (frh) Charlie Kennedy (as) Art Pepper (as, ts, cl) Richie Kamuca (ts) Med Flory (bars) Russ Freeman (p) Joe Mondragon (b) Mel Lewis (d) Marty Paich (arr, cond)

Los Angeles, CA, May 12, 1959

Move

Contemporary M 3568

Four Brothers

-

Bernie's Tune

-

Walkin'

-

Walkin' (alt. take 1)

Fantasy OJCCD 341-2

Walkin' (alt. take 2)

-

* Art Pepper + Eleven - Modern Jazz Classics (Contemporary M 3568, S 7568; Fantasy OJC 341, OJCCD 341-2)

Marty Paich And His Orchestra

Conte Candoli, Al Porcino, Jack Sheldon (tp) Bob Enevoldsen, George Roberts (tb) Vince DeRosa (frh) Art Pepper (as) Bill Perkins (ts) Bill Hood (bars) Victor Feldman (vib) Russ Freeman (p) Joe Mondragon (b) Mel Lewis (d)

Los Angeles, CA, June 30, July 2 & 7, 1959

It Don't Mean A Thing

Warner Bros. WB 1349

No More

-

Love For Sale

-

Moanin'

-

Violets For Your Furs

-

What Am I Here For / Cottontail

-

Warm Valley

-

Things Ain't What They Used To Be

-

* Marty Paich - I Get A Boot Out Of You (Warner Bros. WB 1349; Discovery DS 829)
= Marty Paich - Moanin' (Discovery DSCD 962)

Joanie Sommers With Marty Paich Orchestra

Art Pepper (as) Joanie Sommers (vo) Marty Paich (arr, cond) unidentified orchestra

Los Angeles, CA, June, 1959

Heart And Soul

Warner Bros. WB 1346

My Heart Belongs To Daddy

-

Something I Dreamed Last Night

-

So In Love

-

Oh, But I Do

-

Squeeze Me

-

* Joanie Sommers - Positively The Most! (Warner Bros. WB 1346)

The Subterraneans

Jack Sheldon (tp -1/5,8) Art Farmer (tp -1/7) Bob Enevoldsen (vtb -1/5) Art Pepper (as) Bill Perkins (ts -1/5) Gerry Mulligan (bars -1/7) Russ Freeman (p) Andre Previn (p -1/5) Red Mitchell (b -1/5,8) Buddy Clark (b -1/7) Shelly Manne (d -1/5,8) Dave Bailey (d -1/7) Carmen McRae (vo -1/5) unidentified orchestra (-1/5)

Los Angeles, CA, summer 1959

1.

Why Are We Afraid?

MGM E 3812

2.

Two By Two

-

3.

A Rose And The End

-

4.

Look Ma No Clothes

-

5.

Analyst

-

6.

Bread And Wine

-

7.

Things Are Looking Down

-

8.

Raising Caen

-

* Art Pepper - The Subterraneans (MGM E 3812)

Toni Harper With Marty Paich Orchestra

Art Pepper (as) Toni Harper (vo) Marty Paich (arr, cond) unidentified orchestra

Los Angeles, CA, July 15, 16 & 28, 1959

Lady Lonely

RCA Victor LPM 2092

He Was A Man

-

My Heart Is A Lonely Hunter

-

Blue It Grows

-

I Love The Blues

-

The Other Woman

-

Nobody Home But The Blues

-

Love Has Come Love Has Gone

-

* Toni Harper - Lady Lonely (RCA Victor LPM 2092)

Jesse Belvin With Marty Paich Orchestra

Art Pepper (as, cl) Jesse Belvin (vo) Marty Paich (arr, cond) unidentified orchestra

Los Angeles, CA, December 8, 1959

Something Happens To Me

RCA Victor LPM 2105

The Best Is Yet To Come

-

Let There Be Love

-

It's All Right With Me

-

* Jesse Belvin - Mr. Easy (RCA Victor LPM 2105)

Jesse Belvin With Marty Paich Orchestra

same personnel

Los Angeles, CA, December 16, 1959

In The Still Of The Night

RCA Victor LPM 2105

Blues In The Night

-

I'll Buy You A Star

-

Makin' Whoopee!

-

* Jesse Belvin - Mr. Easy (RCA Victor LPM 2105)

1960 (The age of 35)

Mel Torme With The Marty Paich's Dek-tette

Al Porcino, Stu Williamson (tp) Frank Rosolino (tb) Vince DeRosa (frh) Red Callender (tu) Art Pepper (as) Bill Perkins (ts) Bill Hood (bars) Marty Paich (p, arr) Joe Mondragon (b) Mel Lewis (d) Mel Torme (vo)

Los Angeles, CA, January 21, 1960

23045-9 | 64VK325

Too Close For Comfort

Verve MGV 2132, V/V6 8593

23046

Once In Love With Amy

Verve MGV 2132

23047

Whatever Lola Wants

-

23048

Hello, Young Lovers

-

* Mel Torme Swings Shubert Alley With The Marty Paich Dek-Tette (Verve MGV 2132, MGVS 6146)
* The Best Of Mel Torme - Verve's Choice (Verve V/V6 8593)

Mel Torme With The Marty Paich's Dek-tette

same personnel

Los Angeles, CA, February 4, 1960

23071-9

Too Darn Hot

Verve MGV 2132

23072-5

A Sleepin' Bee

-

23073-8

All I Need Is A Girl

-

23074-5

Lonely Town

-

* Mel Torme Swings Shubert Alley With The Marty Paich Dek-Tette (Verve MGV 2132, MGVS 6146)

Mel Torme With The Marty Paich's Dek-tette

same personnel

Los Angeles, CA, February 11, 1960

23085-19

The Surrey With The Fringe On Top

Verve MGV 2132

23086-15 | 64VK326

On The Street Where You Live

Verve MGV 2132, V/V6 8593

23087-5 | 64VK321

Just In Time

Verve MGV 2132, V/V6 8505, V/V6 8593

23088-4

Old Devil Moon

Verve MGV 2132

* Mel Torme Swings Shubert Alley With The Marty Paich Dek-Tette (Verve MGV 2132, MGVS 6146)
* The Best Of Mel Torme - Verve's Choice (Verve V/V6 8593)
* Various Artists - The Essential Jazz Vocals (Verve V/V6 8505)

Art Pepper Quintet

Conte Candoli (tp -1,2,5) Art Pepper (as, ts) Wynton Kelly (p) Paul Chambers (b) Philly Joe Jones (d)

Hollywood, CA, February 29, 1960

1.

Whims Of Chambers

Contemporary M 3573

2.

Bijou The Poodle

-

3.

Why Are We Afraid?

-

4.

Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise

-

5.

Rhythm-A-Ning

-

6.

Gettin' Together

-

7.

Gettin' Together (alt. take)

Fantasy OJCCD 169-2

8.

Diane

Contemporary M 3573

9.

The Way You Look Tonight

Contemporary S 7630; Fantasy OJCCD 169-2

As a sort of follow-up to Art Pepper's matchup with Miles Davis's trio in the 1957 classic Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section, Pepper utilizes Davis's sidemen on this 1960 near-classic. In addition to pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Jimmy Cobb, trumpeter Conte Candoli makes the group a quintet on four of the eight numbers. The CD reissue adds "The Way You Look Tonight" (formerly only available on another LP) and an alternate take of the title cut to the original repertoire. This time around, rather than emphasizing standards, Pepper performs just three ("Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise," Thelonious Monk's "Rhythm-A-Ning" and "The Way You Look Tonight") and includes three originals of his own: "Diane," "Bijou the Poodle" and "Gettin' Together." The music is all very straightahead and bop-oriented, but as usual, Pepper brings something very personal and unique to his playing; he sounds like no one else. -- Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

* Art Pepper - Gettin' Together (Contemporary M 3573, S 7573; Fantasy OJC 169, OJCCD 169-2)
* Art Pepper - ...The Way It Was! (Contemporary S 7630; Fantasy OJC 389, OJCCD 389-2)

Ethel Azama With Marty Paich Orchestra

Art Pepper (as) Ethel Azama (vo) Marty Paich (arr, cond) unidentified orchestra

Los Angeles, CA, February, 1960

Johnny One Note

Liberty LRP 3142

Like Someone In Love

-

Surrey With The Fringe On Top

-

You Smell So Good

-

I'm Glad There Is You

-

My Ship

-

Squeeze Me

-

Daybreak

-

All I Need Is You

-

When The Sun Comes Out

-

You're So Bad For Me

-

Time After Time

-

* Ethel Azama - Cool Heat (Liberty LRP 3142)

The Hi-Lo's With Marty Paich Orchestra

Al Porcino, Jack Sheldon (tp) Frank Rosolino, Dicky Wells (tb) Red Callender (tu) Art Pepper (as) Bill Perkins (ts) Bill Hood (bars) Douglas Fisher (p) Al Hendrickson, Bill Pittman (g) Buddy Clark (b) Mel Lewis (d) The Hi-Lo's (chorus group) Marty Paich (cond)

NYC, March 24, 1960

Isle Of Capri

Columbia CL 1509

My Little Grass Shack In Kealakekua

-

Hawaii

-

* The Hi-Lo's - All Over The Place (Columbia CL 1509)

Toni Harper With Marty Paich Orchestra

Art Pepper (as) Toni Harper (vo) Marty Paich (arr, cond) unidentified orchestra

Los Angeles, CA, April 13, 1960

In The Still Of The Night

RCA Victor LPM 2253

Paradise

-

Saturday Night

-

A Sleepin' Bee

-

You And The Night And The Music

-

* Toni Harper - Night Mood (RCA Victor LPM 2253)

June Christy With Pete Rugolo Orchestra

Art Pepper (as) June Christy (vo) Pete Rugolo (arr, cond) unidentified orchestra

Los Angeles, CA, April, 1960

Something Cool

Capitol ST 516

Lonely House

-

The Night We Called It A Day

-

Midnight Sun

-

The Stranger Called The Blues

-

I Should Care

-

* June Christy - Something Cool (Capitol ST 516)

Shorty Rogers And His Giants

John Audino, Conte Candoli, Shorty Rogers, Ray Triscari, Jimmy Zito (tp) Harry Betts, George Roberts, Frank Rosolino, Ken Shroyer (tb) Art Pepper (as) Bud Shank (as, fl) Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca, Bill Perkins (ts) Chuck Gentry (bars) Pete Jolly (p) Joe Mondragon (b) Mel Lewis (d)

Los Angeles, CA, May 17, 1960

Flowers For The Cats

RCA Victor LPM 2110

Blue Reeds

-

Pass The Duke

-

Six Pax

-

* Shorty Rogers - The Swingin' Nutcracker (RCA Victor LPM 2110)

Shorty Rogers And His Giants

Jimmy Giuffre (cl) Lou Levy (p) replaces Jolly

Los Angeles, CA, May 24, 1960

Snowball

RCA Victor LPM 2110

China Where?

-

Like Nutty Overture

-

* Shorty Rogers - The Swingin' Nutcracker (RCA Victor LPM 2110)

The Marty Paich Piano Quartet

Stu Williamson (tp) Dave Wells (tp, tb) Bud Shank (fl) Art Pepper (as) Pete Jolly, Marty Paich, Jimmie Rowles, John Towner (p) Bill Pitman (g) Joe Mondragon (b) Mel Lewis (d)

Los Angeles, CA, June 2, 1960

Little Rock Gateway

RCA Victor LPM 2259

Boogie Woogie On Handy's

-

St. Louis Blues

-

One O'Clock Jump

-

Honky Tonk Train

-

* The Marty Paich Piano Quartet (RCA Victor LPM 2259)

Henry Mancini And His Orchestra

Pete Candoli (tp) Dick Nash (tb) Art Pepper (cl) Ted Nash (as, fl) Ronny Long (bars, fl) Larry Bunker (vib) Johnny Williams (p) Bob Bain (g) Rolly Bundock (b) Shelly Manne (d) Ramon Rivers (cga)

Los Angeles, CA, June 14, 17 & 21, 1960

Moanin'

RCA Victor LPM 2258

Sidewalks Of Cuba

-

Dream Of You

-

Swing Lightly

-

Castle Rock

-

A Powdered Wig

-

Playboy's Theme

-

Tequila

-

Far East Blues

-

Charleston Alley

-

Scandinavian Shuffle

-

Everybody Blow

-

* Henry Mancini - Combo! (RCA Victor LPM 2258)

Helen Humes With Marty Paich Orchestra

Al Porcino, Jack Sheldon, Ray Triscari, Stu Williamson (tp) Harry Betts, Bob Fitzpatrick (tb) Art Pepper (as, cl) Teddy Edwards, Ben Webster (ts) Bill Hood (bars) Andre Previn (p) Barney Kessel (g) Leroy Vinnegar (b) Shelly Manne (d) Helen Humes (vo) Marty Paich (arr, cond)

Los Angeles, CA, September 6 & 7, 1960

Don't Worry 'Bout Me

Contemporary M 3582

Mean To Me

-

I Want A Roof Over My Head

-

St. Louis Blues

-

You're Driving Me Crazy

-

Million Dollar Secret

-

Love Me Or Leave Me

-

Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone

-

Don't Worry 'Bout Me (alt. take)

Fantasy OJCCD 171-2

* Helen Humes - Songs I Like To Sing! (Contemporary M 3582, S 7582; Fantasy OJC 171, OJCCD 171-2)

Art Pepper Quintet

Jack Sheldon (tp) Art Pepper (as) Pete Jolly (p) Jimmy Bond (b) Frank Butler (d)

Los Angeles, CA, October 24 & 25, 1960

Smack Up

Contemporary M 3602

Las Cuevas De Mario

-

A Bit Of Basie

-

How Can You Lose

-

Maybe Next Year

-

Tears Inside

-

Solid Citizens (take 33)

Fantasy OJCCD 176-2

Solid Citizens (take 37)

-

The title of this recording (which has been reissued on CD with two takes of the otherwise unknown "Solid Citizens" added) is ironic and inadvertently truthful. Within a short period, Art Pepper would begin spending many years in jail due to his heroin addiction; this was his next-to-last album of this period. Despite the bleak future, the great altoist (who never seemed to make an uninspired record during his unstable life) is in excellent form in a quintet with trumpeter Jack Sheldon, pianist Pete Jolly, bassist Jimmy Bond and drummer Frank Butler. Highlights of this fine album include Harold Land's title cut, the 5/4 blues "Las Cuevas De Mario" and Ornette Coleman's "Tears Inside." -- Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
 

* Art Pepper - Smack Up (Contemporary M 3602, S 7602; Fantasy OJC 176, OJCCD 176-2)

Art Pepper Quartet

Art Pepper (as) Dolo Coker (p) Jimmy Bond (b) Frank Butler (d)

Los Angeles, CA, November 23 & 25, 1960

I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me

Contemporary M 3607

I Love You

-

Come Rain Or Come Shine

-

Long Ago

-

Gone With The Wind

-

I Wished On The Moon

-

Too Close For Comfort

-

Five Points

Contemporary S 7630

Autumn Leaves

-

This album, reissued on CD with an additional song, "Fine Points," was altoist Art Pepper's final one of his 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 the 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. -- Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

* Art Pepper - Intensity (Contemporary M 3607, S 7607; Fantasy OJC 387, OJCCD 387-2)
* Art Pepper - ...The Way It Was! (Contemporary S 7630; Fantasy OJC 389, OJCCD 389-2)

1961

Helyne Stewart With Teddy Edwards Septet

Jack Sheldon (tp) Frank Rosolino (tb) Art Pepper (as) Teddy Edwards (ts, arr) Pete Jolly (p) Jimmy Bond (b) Frank Butler (d) Helyne Stewart (vo)

Hollywood, CA, January 20, 1961

Love Is Here To Stay

Contemporary M 3601

The Man I Love

-

How Deep Is The Ocean?

-

My Silent Love

-

* Helyne Stewart - Love Moods (Contemporary M 3601, S 7601; Fantasy OJCCD 1020-2)

1964

Art Pepper Quartet
 

Art Pepper (as) Frank Strazzeri (p) Hersh Hamel (b) Bill Goodwin (d)

'Jazz Casual Show', San Francisco, CA, May 8, 1964

The Trip

Fresh Sound (Sp) FSR 402

D Section

-

Junior Cat (Groupin')

-

* Art Pepper Quartet '64 In San Francisco (Fresh Sound (Sp) FSR 402)

Art Pepper Quartet

same personnel

San Francisco, CA, June, 1964

Summer Night

Fresh Sound (Sp) FSR 402

Sonnymoon For Two

-

For altoist Art Pepper, the 1960s were largely a waste with long periods spent in prison due to his narcotics addiction. He spent most of 1964 between prison terms and even tried to make a musical comeback. This CD from the Spanish Fresh Sound label features Pepper with pianist Frank Strazzeri, bassist Hersh Hamel and drummer Bill Goodwin playing a few originals on a television show (Pepper is interviewed briefly by Ralph Gleason) and performing two lengthy numbers at The Jazz Workshop in San Francisco. Many of the altoist's longtime fans were disappointed by his playing during this period for Pepper had become very influenced by John Coltrane and fearful that, if he did not sound like 'Trane, he would be regarded as old fashioned. Actually, Art Pepper, who plays with more intensity here than he often did in the 1950s, sounds pretty good during these sets, although the recording quality is not always the greatest, and his fans (along with jazz historians) will find these rare performances quite interesting.
 

* Art Pepper Quartet '64 In San Francisco (Fresh Sound (Sp) FSR 402)

Frankie Randall With Marty Paich Orchestra

Art Pepper (as) Frankie Randall (vo) Marty Paich (arr, cond) unidentified orchestra

Los Angeles, CA, August 21, 1964

My Kind Of Town

RCA NL 45978

One Morning In May

-

On The Other Side Of The Tracks

-

More

-

* Frankie Randall - A Swingin' Touch (RCA NL 45978)

1965 (The age of 40)

Frankie Randall With Marty Paich Orchestra

Art Pepper (as) Frankie Randall (vo) Marty Paich (arr, cond) unidentified orchestra

Los Angeles, CA, February 3, 1965

Too Long At The Fair

RCA NL 45978

The More I See You

-

The Rules Of The Road

-

Next Time

-

* Frankie Randall - A Swingin' Touch (RCA NL 45978)

1968

The Buddy Rich Big Band

Art Pepper (as, cl, fl) Buddy Rich (d) unidentified orchestra

Los Angeles, CA, July 10, 1968

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy

World Pacific ST 20133

Preach And Teach

-

Channel 1 Suite

-

Big Mama Cass

-

Goodbye Yesterday

-

Acic Truth

-

Alfie

-

Ode To Billie Joe

-

* Buddy Rich - Mercy, Mercy (World Pacific ST 20133)

Art Pepper Quintet
 

Art Pepper (as) Joe Romano (ts) Frank Strazzeri (p) Chuck Berghofer (b) Nick Ceroli (d)

"Donte's", North Hollywood, CA, November 24, 1968

Groupin'

Fresh Sound (Sp) FSR 5001

Lover Come Back To Me

-

Everything Happens To Me

Fresh Sound (Sp) FSR 5002

Cherokee

-

* Art Pepper Live At Donte's, Vol. 1 (Fresh Sound (Sp) FSR 5001)
* Art Pepper Live At Donte's, Vol. 2 (Fresh Sound (Sp) FSR 5002)

1973 (The age of 48)

Mike Vax Orchestra

Mike Vax (tp, flh) Art Pepper (as) unidentified big band

Los Angeles, CA, July 6 & 7, 1973

Evil Eyes

Artco LP 117

If Is Anything Still There

-

Passage West

-

Joe's Inn

-

The Shadow Of Your Smile

-

Beginnings

-

West Side Story Medley

-

* Mike Vax - Evil Eyes (Artco LP 117)

1975 (The age of 50)

Art Pepper Quartet
 

Art Pepper (as) Tommy Gumina (polychord) Fred Atwood (b) Jimmie Smith (d)

"Foothill College", Los Angeles, CA, February 14, 1975

Foothill Blues

Trio (J) PAP 25041

I'll Remember April

-

Here's That Rainy Day

-

Cherokee

-

Altoist Art Pepper was at the beginning of his successful (if relatively brief) seven-year renaissance when he performed at the concert documented on this Storyville CD. Recorded six months before his first official comeback record (Living Legend), the great altoist is heard playing with a quartet comp of Tommy Gumina on polychord (an organ-sounding accordion), bassist Fred Atwood and drummer Jimmie Smith. Pepper is in excellent form on lengthy versions of his "Foothill Blues," "I'll Remember April," and "Cherokee," and is quite passionate on a four-and-a-half-minute version of "Here's That Rainy Day." Gumina mostly stays out of the way, and the audience sounds quite happy to get an opportunity to hear the legendary altoist sounding so strong. -- Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

 

* Art Pepper Memorial Collection, Vol. 3 - I'll Remember April (Trio (J) PAP 25041)
= Art Pepper - I'll Remember April (Storyville (D) SLP 4130, STCD 4130)

Hersh Hamel Quartet

Art Pepper (as) Pete Robinson (el-p, syn) Hersh Hamel (el-b) Steve Strazzer (d) Judy Brown, Brenda Burns, Linda McCrary (vo)

Los Angeles, CA, summer 1975

Mr. Yes

Fresh Sound (Sp) FSR 120

Image Before You

-

Feels Good

-

Song Of Ecstacy

-

Come To Me

-

Dance Now

-

* Hersh Hamel's Song Book Featuring Art Pepper (Fresh Sound (Sp) FSR 120)

Art Pepper Quartet

Art Pepper (as) Hampton Hawes (p, el-p) Charlie Haden (b) Shelly Manne (d)

Los Angeles, CA, August 9, 1975

Ophelia

Contemporary S 7633

Here's That Rainy Day

-

What Laurie Likes

-

Mr. Yohe

-

Lost Life

-

Samba Mom Mom

-

Samba Mom Mom (alt. take)

Fantasy OJCCD 408-2

Art Pepper, one of the major bop altoists to emerge during the 1950s, started his comeback with this excellent set. After 15 years filled with prison time and spent fighting drug addiction, Pepper was finally ready to return to jazz. Accompanied by three of his old friends (pianist Hampton Hawes, bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Shelly Manne), Pepper displays a more explorative and darker style than he had had previously. He also shows a greater emotional depth in his improvisations and was open to some of the innovations of the avant-garde in his search for greater self-expression. Although this recording would be topped by the ones to come, the music (five Pepper originals and an intense version of "Here's That Rainy Day") is quite rewarding. -- Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

* Art Pepper - Living Legend (Contemporary S 7633; Fantasy OJC 408, OJCCD 408-2)
 

 

Art Pepper Quartet

Art Pepper (as); Ed Kelly (p); Kenny Jenkins (b); Brad Dilhorn (d)

Live at the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society
Half Moon Bay, CA  September 28, 1975

 Good Bait   
 What Laurie Likes
 Here's That Rainy Day 
 Straight Life 
 

Galaxy/Fantasy # GCD-4202-2

* Art Pepper:RENASCENCE Galaxy/Fantasy # GCD-4202-2

 

1976

Melanie

Art Pepper (as) Richard Greene (vln) David Paich (key) Dean Parks, Louie Shelton (g) Dave Jackson, Jerry Scheff (b) Jim Gordon, John Guerin, Jeff Porcaro (d) Victor Feldman, Milt Holland (per) Dennis Bell, Carol Parks, Melanie Safka (vo) Dave Doran, Jim Drennan, Angelo Mauceri, Jay Wolfe (back vo) Edwin Hawkins Singers (vocal group) Marty Paich (string arr) The Hand Made Band, unidentified strings

Davlen Studios, Universal City, CA & The Sound Factory, Los Angeles, CA, July 12, 1976

32747

I'm So Blue

Atlantic SD 18190

* Melanie - Photograph (Atlantic SD 18190)

Art Farmer Quintet

Art Farmer (flh) Art Pepper (as) Hampton Hawes (p) Ray Brown (b) Steve Ellington (d)

Los Angeles, CA, July 26, 1976

Namely You

Contemporary S 7636

* Art Farmer - On The Road (Contemporary S 7636; Fantasy OJC 478, OJCCD 478-2)

Art Farmer Quintet

same personnel

Los Angeles, CA, July 28, 1976

Downwind

Contemporary S 7636

* Art Farmer - On The Road (Contemporary S 7636; Fantasy OJC 478, OJCCD 478-2)

Art Farmer Quintet

Art Farmer (flh) Art Pepper (as) Hampton Hawes (p) Ray Brown (b) Shelly Manne (d)

Los Angeles, CA, August 16, 1976

What Am I Here For?

Contemporary S 7636

Will You Still Be Mine?

-

This CD reissue of a Contemporary set from 1976 features a logical but only one-time collaboration between flugelhornist Art Farmer and altoist Art Pepper. With pianist Hampton Hawes, bassist Ray Brown and either Steve Ellington or Shelly Manne on drums completing the quintet, the five standards and Hawes's original "Downwind" were certainly in good hands. A special highlight is a duet version of "My Funny Valentine" featuring Farmer and Hawes. Everyone plays up to par on this spirited straightahead set. -- Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

 

* Art Farmer - On The Road (Contemporary S 7636; Fantasy OJC 478, OJCCD 478-2)

Art Pepper Quartet

Art Pepper (as) George Cables (p) David Williams (b) Elvin Jones (d)

Los Angeles, CA, September 15 & 16, 1976

The Trip

Contemporary S 7638

The Trip (alt. take)

Fantasy OJCCD 410-2

A Song For Richard

Contemporary S 7638

Sweet Love Of Mine

-

Junior Cat

-

The Summer Knows

-

Red Car

-

Although some listeners prefer altoist Art Pepper's playing of the 1950s, when he re-emerged in 1975, there was a much greater emotional intensity to his improvisations, and his solos used a wider vocabulary with nonmusical and emotional sounds being added to his ideas as punctuations. This strong quartet date (with pianist George Cables, bassist David Williams and drummer Elvin Jones) finds Pepper performing Michel Legrand's "The Summer Knows," lesser-known tunes by Woody Shaw and Joe Gordon and three originals of his own; the CD reissue also has an alternate take of "The Trip." Powerful music. -- Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

* Art Pepper - The Trip (Contemporary S 7638; Fantasy OJC 410, OJCCD 410-2)

Dolo Coker Quintet
 

Blue Mitchell (tp, flh) Art Pepper (as, ts) Dolo Coker (p) Leroy Vinnegar (b) Frank Butler (d)

Los Angeles, CA, December 27, 1976

Jumping Jacks

Xanadu 142

Gone With The Wind

-

Roots 4FB

-

Mr. Yohe

-

Gone Again

-

Tale Of Two Cities

-

Pianist Dolo Coker had just four opportunities to lead his own record dates during his career, all for the Xanadu label during 1976-79. The title of this LP refers to the fact that the music is not California "cool jazz" but intense hard bop from the Golden State. In addition to bassist Leroy Vinnegar and drummer Frank Butler (who appear on Coker's first three Xanadu albums) and trumpeter Blue Mitchell (who was on the preceding LP Dolo), the great altoist Art Pepper (doubling on tenor) makes one of his very rare appearances as a sideman. The well-rounded set has originals by Coker, Pepper ("Mr Yohe") and Mitchell (a drum feature for Butler on "Roots 4FB") along with a showcase for the trio ("Gone Again") and a vintage standard ("Gone with the Wind"). A strong effort. -- Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

* Dolo Coker - California Hard (Xanadu 142)

1977

Art Pepper Quartet

 

Art Pepper (as) Smith Dobsen (p) Jim Nichols (b) Brad Bilhorn (d)

"Half Moon Bay", Japan, January 23, 1977

Mr. Yohe

Trio (J) PAP 25044

The Trip

-

Lost Life

-

A Night In Tunisia

-

Altoist Art Pepper was nearing the turning point in his career at the time that he performed at the concert at Half Moon Bay, CA, that is included on this Storyville CD. He had been back on the scene for two years and had not quite broken through to the wider jazz audience yet, but major successes were in the near future. It is obvious from his talking to the audience that Pepper was still unsure about his future, but his playing on this date (with a pickup group comprised of pianist Smith Dobson, bassist Jim Nichols and drummer Brad Bilhorn) finds him in top form, creating emotional versions of "A Night in Tunisia" and his three originals "Mr. Yohe," "The Trip" and "Lost Life." Since there are only 40 minutes of music on the CD and this was not one of Pepper's strongest groups, the release is not essential, but fans of the unique altoist will want to pick up these interesting performances.

* Art Pepper Memorial Collection, Vol. 4 - A Night In Tunisia (Trio (J) PAP 25044)
= Art Pepper - A Night In Tunisia (Storyville (D) SLP 4146, STCD 4146)

Cal Tjader Septet
 

Art Pepper (as) Cal Tjader (vib -5/7) Clare Fischer (el-p) Bob Redfield (g -5/7) Rob Fisher (b) Peter Riso (d) Pancho Sanchez (per)

Japan, April 5, 1977

1.

Cherokee

Polydor (J) J00J 20390

2.

The Spirit Is Here

-

3.

Here's That Rainy Day

-

4.

Straight Life

-

5.

Manteca

-

6.

Manha De Carnaval

-

7.

Felicidade

-

After Art Pepper returned to the scene in 1975, it took him two years to get noticed outside of Los Angeles. His initial visit to Japan was a major turning point, and music from one of the very well-received concerts was released for the first time on this 1995 CD. Pepper performs four numbers -- "Cherokee," ahis original "The Spirit Is Here," a passionate "Here's That Rainy Day" and a speedy workout on "Straight Life" -- with a quintet comprised of Clare Fischer (who unfortunately sticks exclusively to electric piano), bassist Rob Fisher, drummer Peter Riso and percussionist Poncho Sanchez. For the final three numbers -- "Manteca," "Manha De Carnaval" and "Felicidade" -- the group is joined by vibraphonist Cal Tjader (this is the only time he ever recorded with Pepper) and guitarist Bob Redfield. The unexpected enthusiasm of the crowd really got to Pepper and his improvisations (even though he is not playing with his regular group) are quite inspired. Memorable music. -- Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
 

* Art Pepper - First Live In Japan (Polydor (J) J00J 20390)

Art Pepper Quartet
 

Art Pepper (as) George Cables (p) Tony Dumas (b) Carl Burnett (d)

Los Angeles, CA, May 26, 1977

Rita-San

Contemporary S 7639

Ballad Of The Sad Young Men

-

My Laurie

-

Mambo De La Pinta

-

No Limit

Fantasy OJCCD 411-2

Art Pepper's third recording in his comeback years was recorded in a studio but has the emotional intensity and chance-taking improvisations of his live concerts of the period. Joined by his regular group (pianist George Cables, bassist Tony Dumas and drummer Carl Burnett), Pepper performs lengthy versions of three of his originals (including the modal "My Laurie") and "Ballad of the Sad Young Men." "Mambo de la Pinta" is a little unusual because Pepper overdubbed himself on tenor to join his alto in the ensembles. Throughout this album (and during his final ten years), Art Pepper played every note as if it might be his last one. The passion displayed on this particular album is enough of a reason by itself to acquire it. -- Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
 

* Art Pepper - No Limit (Contemporary S 7639; Fantasy OJC 411, OJCCD 411-2)

Art Pepper Quartet

Art Pepper (as, ts, cl) George Cables (p) George Mraz (b) Elvin Jones (d)

"Village Vanguard", NYC, 1st set (first show), July 28, 1977

spoken introduction

Blues For Heard

Fantasy OJCCD 694-2

spoken introduction

Scrapple From The Apple

Fantasy OJCCD 697-2

spoken introduction

But Beautiful

Contemporary (J) GXH 3009/11, C 7643

spoken introduction

My Friend John

Contemporary (J) GXH 3009/11, C 7642

spoken introduction

Cherokee

Contemporary 9CCD 4417-2

Blues For Heard

-

* Art Pepper Live At The Village Vanguard (Contemporary (J) GXH 3009/11)
* Art Pepper - Friday Night At The Village Vanguard (Contemporary C 7643; Fantasy OJCCD 695-2)
* Art Pepper - Thursday Night At The Village Vanguard (Contemporary C 7642; Fantasy OJCCD 694-2)
* Art Pepper - More For Les: At The Village Vanguard, Vol. 4 (Fantasy OJCCD 697-2)
* Art Pepper - The Complete Village Vanguard Sessions (Contemporary 9CCD 4417-2)

Art Pepper Quartet

same personnel

"Village Vanguard", NYC, 2nd set (second show), July 28, 1977

spoken introduction

For Freddie

Contemporary 9CCD 4417-2

spoken introduction

Valse Triste

Contemporary (J) GXH 3009/11, C 7642

spoken introduction

Live At The Vanguard

Contemporary 9CCD 4417-2

spoken introduction

Caravan

Contemporary 9CCD 4417-2

Blues For Heard

-

* Art Pepper Live At The Village Vanguard (Contemporary (J) GXH 3009/11)
* Art Pepper - Thursday Night At The Village Vanguard (Contemporary C 7642; Fantasy OJCCD 694-2)
* Art Pepper - The Complete Village Vanguard Sessions (Contemporary 9CCD 4417-2)

Art Pepper Quartet

same personnel

"Village Vanguard", NYC, 3rd set (third show), July 28, 1977

spoken introduction

Over The Rainbow

Contemporary C 7650

spoken introduction

The Trip

Contemporary (J) GXH 3009/11, C 7644

Blues For Les

Contemporary (J) GXH 3009/11, C 7642

A Night In Tunisia

Fantasy OJCCD 695-2

* Art Pepper - More For Les: At The Village Vanguard, Vol. 4 (Contemporary C 7650; Fantasy OJCCD 697-2)
* Art Pepper Live At The Village Vanguard (Contemporary (J) GXH 3009/11)
* Art Pepper - Saturday Night At The Village Vanguard (Contemporary C 7644; Fantasy OJCCD 696-2)
* Art Pepper - Thursday Night At The Village Vanguard (Contemporary C 7642; Fantasy OJCCD 694-2)
* Art Pepper - Friday Night At The Village Vanguard (Fantasy OJCCD 695-2)

Art Pepper Quartet

same personnel

"Village Vanguard", NYC, 1st set (fourth show), July 29, 1977

spoken introduction

No Limit

Contemporary C 7650

spoken introduction

Valse Triste

Contemporary 9CCD 4417-2

spoken introduction

My Friend John

Contemporary 9CCD 4417-2

spoken introduction

You Go To My Head

Contemporary (J) GXH 3009/11, C 7644

Cherokee

-

Blues For Heard

Contemporary 9CCD 4417-2

* Art Pepper - More For Les: At The Village Vanguard, Vol. 4 (Contemporary C 7650; Fantasy OJCCD 697-2)
* Art Pepper Live At The Village Vanguard (Contemporary (J) GXH 3009/11)
* Art Pepper - Saturday Night At The Village Vanguard (Contemporary C 7644; Fantasy OJCCD 696-2)
* Art Pepper - The Complete Village Vanguard Sessions (Contemporary 9CCD 4417-2)

Art Pepper Quartet

same personnel

"Village Vanguard", NYC, 2nd set (fifth show), July 29, 1977

count-off / Blues For Heard

Contemporary 9CCD 4417-2

Anthropology

Contemporary (J) VDP 5043/46

These Foolish Things

Contemporary C 7650

For Freddie

Contemporary 9CCD 4417-2

Blues For Heard

-

* Art Pepper - More For Les: At The Village Vanguard, Vol. 4 (Contemporary C 7650; Fantasy OJCCD 697-2)
* Art Pepper - The Complete Village Vanguard Sessions (Contemporary 9CCD 4417-2)
* Art Pepper - The Village Vanguard Collection (Contemporary (J) VDP 5043/46)

Art Pepper Quartet

same personnel

"Village Vanguard", NYC, 3rd set (sixth show), July 29, 1977

spoken introduction

Las Cuevas De Mario

Contemporary 9CCD 4417-2

spoken introduction

Stella By Starlight

Contemporary 9CCD 4417-2

spoken introduction

Goodbye

Contemporary 9CCD 4417-2

spoken introduction

Vanguard Max

Contemporary 9CCD 4417-2

Blues For Heard

-

* Art Pepper - The Complete Village Vanguard Sessions (Contemporary 9CCD 4417-2)

Art Pepper Quartet

same personnel

"Village Vanguard", NYC, 1st set (seventh show), July 30, 1977

count-off / Vanguard Max

Contemporary (J) VDP 5043/46

spoken introduction

Las Cuevas De Mario

Contemporary (J) GXH 3009/11, C 7643

spoken introduction

Goodbye

Contemporary (J) GXH 3009/11, C 7642

spoken introduction

For Freddie

Fantasy OJCCD 696-2

Blues For Heard

Contemporary 9CCD 4417-2

* Art Pepper Live At The Village Vanguard (Contemporary (J) GXH 3009/11)
* Art Pepper - Friday Night At The Village Vanguard (Contemporary C 7643; Fantasy OJCCD 695-2)
* Art Pepper - Thursday Night At The Village Vanguard (Contemporary C 7642; Fantasy OJCCD 694-2)
* Art Pepper - The Village Vanguard Collection (Contemporary (J) VDP 5043/46)
* Art Pepper - Saturday Night At The Village Vanguard (Fantasy OJCCD 696-2)
* Art Pepper - The Complete Village Vanguard Sessions (Contemporary 9CCD 4417-2)

Art Pepper Quartet

same personnel

"Village Vanguard", NYC, 2nd set (eighth show), July 30, 1977

announcement / false start

My Friend John

Contemporary 9CCD 4417-2

spoken introduction

More For Les

Contemporary C 7650

Cherokee

Contemporary 9CCD 4417-2

Blues For Heard

-

* Art Pepper - More For Les: At The Village Vanguard, Vol. 4 (Contemporary C 7650; Fantasy OJCCD 697-2)
* Art Pepper - The Complete Village Vanguard Sessions (Contemporary 9CCD 4417-2)

Art Pepper Quartet

same personnel

"Village Vanguard", NYC, 3rd set (ninth show), July 30, 1977

count-off / For Freddie

Contemporary 9CCD 4417-2

More For Les

-

Caravan

Contemporary (J) GXH 3009/11, C 7643

Labyrinth

-

My Friend John

Contemporary 9CCD 4417-2

Art Pepper's appearances at the Village Vanguard in 1977 were a major success, making the brilliance of the West Coast-based altoist obvious to the New York critics. His historical stint at the Vanguard was originally made available on four LPs (all reissued as CDs with one additional selection added on each disc) and more recently in more expanded form as a nine-CD boxed set. The single CD reissue of the Thursday night portion features the great altoist on lengthy versions of "Valse Triste," a particularly passionate version of "Goodbye," "Blues for Les," "My Friend John" and "Blues for Heard." In addition to Pepper, his trio -- pianist George Cables, bassist George Mraz and drummer Elvin Jones -- is also in top form, and the music is consistently stimulating and emotional. -- Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
The second of four releases taken from altoist Art Pepper's very successful stint at the Village Vanguard in July 1977 has been reissued on CD with one extra track, "A Night in Tunisia." Pepper, who is greatly assisted by a highly sympathetic rhythm section (pianist George Cables, bassist George Mraz and drummer Elvin Jones) is at his best on "Caravan," which finds him doubling on tenor, and on an intense rendition of "But Beautiful." All of this music is currently available as part of a massive nine-CD box set that really documents the historic engagement.
The fourth of four CD reissues taken from Art Pepper's three nights at the Village Vanguard in July 1977, as with the other releases, adds one selection ("Scrapple from the Apple") to the music of the original LP; all of the performances on this and the other sets have since been made available as part of a massive nine-CD box set. The great altoist was clearly excited to be playing at the famous New York club, and his rhythm section -- pianist George Cables, bassist George Mraz and drummer Elvin Jones -- consistently stimulates his imagination. This release has more variety than usual, for in addition to his alto playing (including a memorable unaccompanied solo on "Over the Rainbow"), Pepper switches to clarinet for the lengthy "More for Les" and interprets the ballad "These Foolish Things" on tenor. The nine-CD set is essential for Art Pepper fanatics, but those just wanting a taste of the great altoist's talents will be satisfied with this release. -- Scott Yanow, All Music Guide


 

* Art Pepper Live At The Village Vanguard (Contemporary (J) GXH 3009/11)
* Art Pepper - Friday Night At The Village Vanguard (Contemporary C 7643; Fantasy OJCCD 695-2)
* Art Pepper - The Complete Village Vanguard Sessions (Contemporary 9CCD 4417-2)

Art Pepper Quartet

Art Pepper (ts) George Cables (p) Michael Formanek (b) Eddie Marshall (d)

San Francisco, CA, August 6 & 8, 1977

Blue Bossa

Contemporary CCD 14086-2

Art Meets Mr. Beautiful

-

Here's That Rainy Day

-

Samba Mom Mom

-

* Art Pepper - San Francisco Samba (Contemporary CCD 14086-2)

The Gauntlet (Soundtrack)

Jon Faddis (tp) Art Pepper (as)

Los Angeles, CA, September 13 & 15, 1977

The Pick Up

Warner Bros. BSK 3144

Manipulation On The Center Divider

-

* Art Pepper - The Gauntlet (Soundtrack) (Warner Bros. BSK 3144)

1978

Art Pepper Quartet
 

Art Pepper (as) Milcho Leviev (p) Bob Mugnusson (b) Carl Burnett (d)

"YBC TV Hall", Yamagata, Japan, March 14, 1978

Ophelia

Trio (J) PAP 25037

Besame Mucho

-

My Laurie

-

Caravan

Trio (J) PAP 25038

The Trip

-

The Summer Knows

-

Red Car

-

Art Pepper concluded a very successful tour of Japan with a concert in Yamagata that was recorded and released on two Storyville CDs. The first CD has just 38 minutes of music, but the quality is quite high. Pepper (with pianist Milcho Leviev, bassist Bob Magnusson and drummer Carl Burnett) performs lengthy versions of two originals ("Ophelia," "My Laurie") and "Besame Mucho"; the latter was a request from his Japanese friends that was very well received and became a permanent part of his repertoire. The recording quality is excellent and Pepper is in explorative and somewhat inspired form. -- Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
The second of two CDs taken from the final night of Art Pepper's 1978 Japanese tour features the great altoist (along with pianist Milcho Leviev, bassist Bob Magnusson and drummer Carl Burnett) exploring two of his originals ("The Trip," and "Red Car"), a lyrical version of Michel Legrand's "The Summer Knows" and an intense rendition of "Caravan." None of the Storyville sets have been reissued elsewhere, and each adds to the remarkable legacy of Art Pepper whose second career (covering 1975-82) was arguably even greater than his first. -- Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

* Art Pepper Memorial Collection, Vol. 1 - My Laurie (Trio (J) PAP 25037)
= Art Pepper Live In Yamagata '78 - Not A Through Street (Tofrec (J) TFCL 88901/02)
* Art Pepper Memorial Collection, Vol. 2 - The Summer Knows (Trio (J) PAP 25038)
= Art Pepper Live In Yamagata '78 - Not A Through Street (Tofrec (J) TFCL 88901/02)

Art Pepper Quartet
 

Art Pepper (as) Russ Freeman (p) Bob Mugnusson (b) Frank Butler (d)

United Western Studios, Hollywood, CA, September 2, 1978

Among Friends

Interplay IP 7718

'Round About Midnight

-

I'm Getting Sentimental Over You

-

Blue Bossa

-

Blue Bossa (alt. take)

Interplay (J) ARTCD 18

What Is This Thing Called Love?

Interplay IP 7718

What's New?

-

Besame Mucho

-

I'll Remember April

-

Art Pepper mostly sticks to standards on this Discovery LP, but he brings out new life in the veteran songs, particularly on such ballads as "Round Midnight," "What's New" and "Besame Mucho." With the assistance of pianist Russ Freeman, bassist Bob Magnusson and drummer Frank Butler, the great altoist (who is heard just prior to signing an exclusive contract with the Galaxy label) is also in top form on such pieces as "What Is This Thing Called Love" and "I'll Remember April." An excellent (if not quite essential) release. -- Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
 

* Art Pepper - Among Friends (Interplay IP 7718; Interplay (J) ARTCD 18; Discovery DS 837, DSCD 837)

Art Pepper Quintet

Art Pepper (as) Stanley Cowell (p) Cecil McBee (b) Roy Haynes (d) Kenneth Nash (cga -2)

Berkeley, CA, December 1 & 2, 1978

1.

Miss Who?

Galaxy GXY 5119

2.

Mambo Koyama

-

3.

Lover Come Back To Me

-

4.

Patricia

-

5.

These Foolish Things

-

6.

Chris's Blues

-

7.

I Love You

Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

8.

Pepper Pot

-

9.

These Foolish Things (alt. take)

Fantasy OJCCD 474-2; Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

* Art Pepper Today (Galaxy GXY 5119; Fantasy OJC 474, OJCCD 474-2)
* Art Pepper - The Complete Galaxy Recordings (Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2)

Art Pepper Quartet

Art Pepper (as) Stanley Cowell (p) Cecil McBee (b) Roy Haynes (d)

Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA, December 2, 1978

Over The Rainbow (take 1)

Galaxy GXY 5133, 16GCD 1016-2

Over The Rainbow (take 2)

Galaxy GCD 95003-2

Yardbird Suite (take 1)

Galaxy GXY 5134

Yardbird Suite (take 2B)

Galaxy GCD 95002-2

Altoist Art Pepper, in the midst of a successful comeback, recorded this excellent set (also included in full in his massive Galaxy box set) for Galaxy. With pianist Stanley Cowell, bassist Cecil McBee and drummer Roy Haynes, Pepper performs a definitive version of his intense ballad "Patricia"; other highlights include "Miss Who," "Lover Come Back to Me" and "Chris' Blues." The CD reissue also has a second alternate version of "These Foolish Things." -- Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

* Various Artists - Ballads By Four (Galaxy GXY 5133)
= Various Artists - Ballads By Five (Galaxy GCD 95003-2)
* Various Artists - Five Birds And A Monk (Galaxy GXY 5134)
= Various Artists - Birds And Monks (Galaxy GCD 95002-2)
* Art Pepper - The Complete Galaxy Recordings (Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2)

1979

Art Pepper Quartet

 

Art Pepper (as) Hank Jones (p -1/7) Ron Carter (b) Al Foster (d -1/7)

Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA, February 23, 1979

1.

Straight, No Chaser (alt. take)

Galaxy GXY 5154

2.

Straight, No Chaser

Artists House AH 12; Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

3.

Yesterdays

Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

4.

A Night In Tunisia

Galaxy GXY 5154

5.

A Night In Tunisia (alt. take)

Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

6.

Diane

Artists House AH 12; Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

7.

My Friend John

Galaxy GXY 5154

8.

Duo Blues

-

This deluxe release from the classy (but long defunct) Artists House label, as with all of Art Pepper's recordings of his comeback years, is easily recommended. Actually all of this music has been reissued in greatly expanded form in Pepper's massive 16-CD Galaxy box set. The original LP has lengthy versions of "So in Love," "Stardust," "Straight No Chaser" and two Pepper originals ("Diane" and "Blues for Blanche"). Assisted by two equally talented rhythm sections (pianists Hank Jones and George Cables, bassists Ron Carter and Charlie Haden, and drummers Al Foster and Billy Higgins), Pepper is in excellent form throughout the album, giving these songs heartwrenching interpretations.
he performances on this Galaxy LP are essentially outtakes and leftovers from Art Pepper's 1979 sessions for Artists House. However, the quality is quite high, making one wonder why this material was not released until 1984. "Body and Soul" and "You Go to My Head" are particularly special, for they are unaccompanied alto solos, and on "Anthropology," Pepper has a rare outing on clarinet. The remaining numbers -- "Desafinado," "Donna Lee" and "Blues for Blanche" -- feature the great altoist with pianist George Cables, bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Billy Higgins. All of the highly enjoyable and bop-based but explorative music has since been reissued on CD in Pepper's 16-CD Galaxy box set.
 

* Art Pepper - New York Album (Galaxy GXY 5154)
* Art Pepper - So In Love (Artists House AH 12, AH 9412)
* Art Pepper - The Complete Galaxy Recordings (Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2)

Bill Watrous Quintet

Bill Watrous (tb) Art Pepper (as) Russ Freeman (p) Bob Magnusson (b) Carl Burnett (d)

Berkeley, CA, March 26 & 27, 1979

Just Friends

Atlas (J) YJ25 7024

Begin The Beguine

-

For Art's Sake

-

Funny Blues

-

Funny Blues (alt. take)

Atlas (J) LA27 1023

Angel Eyes

Atlas (J) YJ25 7024

Angel Eyes (alt. take)

Atlas (J) LA27 1023

P. Town

Atlas (J) YJ25 7024

* Bill Watrous - Funk'n Fun (Atlas (J) YJ25 7024)
* Art Pepper Sideman (Atlas (J) LA27 1023)

Art Pepper Quartet

Art Pepper (as, cl) George Cables (p) Charlie Haden (b) Billy Higgins (d)

Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA, May 25 & 26, 1979

Blues For Blanche (alt. take A)

Galaxy GXY 5148

Landscape

Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

Stardust

Artists House AH 12; Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

Donna Lee

Galaxy GXY 5148

Donna Lee (alt. take)

Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

Blues For Blanche (alt. take B)

-

Blues For Blanche

Artists House AH 12; Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

So In Love

-

Lover Man

Galaxy GXY 5154

Body And Soul

Galaxy GXY 5148

You Go To My Head

-

Tin Tin Deo

Artists House (J) VDJ 1008; Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

Stardust (alt. take)

-

Anthropology

Galaxy GXY 5148

In A Mellotone

Artists House (J) VDJ 1008; Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

Desafinado

Galaxy GXY 5148

My Friend John (alt. take)

Artists House (J) VDJ 1008; Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

* Art Pepper - Artworks (Galaxy GXY 5148)
* Art Pepper - So In Love (Artists House AH 12, AH 9412)
* Art Pepper - New York Album (Galaxy GXY 5154)
* Art Pepper - Stardust (Artists House (J) VDJ 1008)
* Art Pepper - The Complete Galaxy Recordings (Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2)

Elvin Jones Quartet

Art Pepper (as) Roland Hanna (p) Richard Davis (b) Elvin Jones (d)

Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 13, 14 & 20, 1979

Sweet Mama

Trio (J) PAP 9173

Zange

-

Tin Tin Deo

-

The Witching Hour

-

The performances heard on this Evidence CD were originally put out by Japanese labels. The first six selections feature the potentially explosive quartet of drummer Elvin Jones, altoist Art Pepper (on four of the numbers), pianist Roland Hanna and bassist Richard Davis. Unfortunately few sparks occur, a bass-drum feature on "Pitter Pat" is a bit dull and Pepper never really cuts loose. However the two remaining tracks are much more memorable. Jones' regular quintet of 1978 (with Frank Foster on tenor and soprano, Pat LaBarbera on tenor, guitarist Roland Prince and bassist Andy McCloud) stretches out in exciting fashion on the 15½-minute "E.J. Blues" and a 26½-minute exploration of two of the movements from "A Love Supreme." Those performances (which contrast Foster's Coltrane-inspired tenor with LaBarbera's Sonny Rollins-influenced playing) make the CD worth getting

* Elvin Jones - Very R.A.R.E. (Trio (J) PAP 9173)

Art Pepper Quartet

Art Pepper (as, cl) George Cables (p) Tony Dumas (b) Billy Higgins (d)

"Yubin Chokin Hall", Tokyo, Japan, July 16, 1979

True Blues

Galaxy GXY 5128

Avalon

-

The Trip

Galaxy (J) VIJ 6372, 16GCD 1016-2

Landscape

Galaxy GXY 5128

Sometime

-

Mambo De La Pinta

Fantasy OJCCD 676-2; Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

Red Car

Galaxy (J) VIJ 6372, 16GCD 1016-2

Over The Rainbow

Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

Mambo Koyama

-

Straight Life

-

Besame Mucho

Galaxy (J) VIJ 6372, 16GCD 1016-2

Altoist Art Pepper was in inspired form during this Tokyo concert, which has also been reissued as part of a huge "complete" Galaxy box set. This particular single-CD features Pepper (along with pianist George Cables, bassist Tony Dumas and drummer Billy Higgins) on memorable versions of "True Blues," "Sometime" (during which Pepper switches to clarinet), "Landscape," "Avalon," "Over the Rainbow," "Straight Life" and the CD "bonus" cut "Mambo De La Pinta." Throughout, Pepper's intensity and go-for-broke style are exhilarating.
It is not obvious looking at the outside of this CD but the music from this live performance is also included in Art Pepper's 16-CD Galaxy set. However those Pepper fans unable to afford the larger box are advised to acquire this Dreyfus single CD for the altoist is heard in superb form. Accompanied (and inspired) by pianist George Cables, bassist Tony Dumas and drummer Billy Higgins, Pepper stretches out on six superior pieces that are highlighted by "Besame Mucho," "Straight Life" and one of the greatest versions ever recorded of "Over the Rainbow."

* Art Pepper - Landscape (Galaxy GXY 5128; Fantasy OJCCD 676-2)
* Art Pepper - Besame Mucho (Galaxy (J) VIJ 6372)
* Art Pepper - The Complete Galaxy Recordings (Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2)

Kei Ishiguro With Art Pepper Quintet

Art Pepper (as) Hiromasa Suzuki (el-p) Tsunehide Matsuki (el-g) Akira Okazawa (el-b) Shuichi Murakami (d) Kei Ishiguro (vo)

JVC Studios, Tokyo, Japan, July 23, 1979

Kurayami No Love Song

Victor (J) SJX 20174

Konban Ohima

-

* Kei Ishiguro - Adlib (Victor (J) SJX 20174)

Art Pepper Quartet

Art Pepper (as, cl) George Cables (p) Tony Dumas (b) Billy Higgins (d)

"Yubin Chokin Hall", Tokyo, Japan, July 23, 1979

True Blues

Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

Avalon

-

The Shadow Of Your Smile

Galaxy (J) VIJ 6372, 16GCD 1016-2

Landscape

Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

Sometime

-

Mambo De La Pinta

Galaxy (J) VIJ 6372, 16GCD 1016-2

Red Car

Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

Over The Rainbow

Galaxy GXY 5128

Mambo Koyama

Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

Straight Life

Galaxy GXY 5128

Besame Mucho

Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

* Art Pepper - Besame Mucho (Galaxy (J) VIJ 6372)
* Art Pepper - Landscape (Galaxy GXY 5128; Fantasy OJCCD 676-2)
* Art Pepper - The Complete Galaxy Recordings (Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2)

Art Pepper Solo

Art Pepper (as)

Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA, August 21, 1979

But Beautiful

Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

When You're Smiling

-

Altoist Art Pepper was at the height of his career during his final five years. A brilliant improviser in the 1950s, by the late '70s the many dark experiences he had had in life were reflected in a deep emotional intensity in his playing. He played each solo as if it might be his last and his passion was brutally honest. This giant 16-CD Galaxy set features Pepper at the peak of his powers. Most of the performances are in a quartet setting although there is a session with strings, five unaccompanied alto solos (he also plays clarinet on a few tracks) and a pair of CDs in which Pepper duets with pianist George Cables. Although more general collectors may want to acquire some of the individual sessions first (most of which are available separately on CD), the more dedicated jazz fans are advised to save their money and acquire this essential package

* Art Pepper - The Complete Galaxy Recordings (Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2)

Art Pepper Quintet

Art Pepper (as) Tommy Flanagan (p) Red Mitchell (b) Billy Higgins (d) Kenneth Nash (per -5)

Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA, September 21, 1979

1.

Surf Ride

Galaxy GXY 5127

2.

Nature Boy

-

3.

Straight Life

-

4.

September Song

-

5.

Make A List

-

6.

Long Ago And Far Away

Fantasy OJCCD 475-2; Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

7.

Nature Boy (alt. take)

Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

Altoist Art Pepper recorded many albums for the Galaxy label during 1979-82, all of which have been reissued in a massive 16-CD "complete" box set. This single CD is pretty definitive and serves as a perfect introduction to Pepper's second (and most rewarding) period. Not only is there a superior version of Pepper's famous title cut but very emotional (and explorative) renditions of "September Song" and "Nature Boy." Filling out this quartet set (which also features pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Red Mitchell and drummer Billy Higgins) are "Surf Ride," "Make a List" and "Long Ago and Far Away." Brilliant music. -- Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
 

* Art Pepper - Straight Life (Galaxy GXY 5127; Fantasy OJC 475, OJCCD 475-2)
* Art Pepper - The Complete Galaxy Recordings (Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2)

Alan Broadbent Orchestra

Art Pepper (as) Alan Broadbent (p, el-p) unidentified orchestra

Los Angeles, CA, 1979

On The Road

Capitol S00 12029

Three Americans

-

Jack's Theme

-

Jam

-

Neal's Theme

-

901

-

* Alan Broadbent - Hert Beat (Capitol S00 12029)

1980 (The age of 55)

Jack Sheldon Quintet

Jack Sheldon (tp) Art Pepper (as) Milcho Leviev (p) Tony Dumas (b) Carl Burnett (d)

Los Angeles, CA, February 21 & 22, 1980

Angel Wings

Atlas (J) LA27 1001

Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise

-

You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To

-

You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To (alt. take)

Atlas (J) LA27 1023

Jack's Blues

Atlas (J) LA27 1001

Broadway

-

Broadway (alt. take)

Atlas (J) LA27 1023

Historia De Un Amor

Atlas (J) LA27 1001

Minority

-

Other than a set for Bill Berry's Beez label, this obscure instrumental Japanese LP was trumpeter Jack Sheldon's first as a leader since 1969. Mostly of interest due to the pairing of Sheldon with altoist Art Pepper, the Los Angeles date (with pianist Milcho Leviev, bassist Tony Dumas and drummer Carl Burnette) finds the group mostly sticking to jazz standards (including Gigi Gryce's "Minority," which is mistakenly attributed to Pepper). Few fireworks occur, although the musicians play well, particularly on Pepper's "Angel Wings," "Jack's Blues" and "Broadway." --

* Jack Sheldon - Angel Wings (Atlas (J) LA27 1001)
* Art Pepper Sideman (Atlas (J) LA27 1023)

Pete Jolly Quartet

Art Pepper (as) Pete Jolly (p) Bob Magnusson (b) Roy McCurdy (d)

Los Angeles, CA, February 26 & 27, 1980

Strike Up The Band

Atlas (J) LA27 1003

You Go To My Head

-

I Surrender, Dear

-

Y.I. Blues

-

Y.I. Blues (alt. take)

Atlas (J) LA27 1023

Night And Day

Atlas (J) LA27 1003

Everything Happens To Me

-

Out Of Nowhere

-

* Pete Jolly - Strike Up The Band (Atlas (J) LA27 1003)
* Art Pepper Sideman (Atlas (J) LA27 1023)


 

Art Pepper Quartet

Art Pepper (as); Milcho Leviev (p); Bob Magnusson (b); Carl Burnett (d)

Atlanta May  1980

Untitled #34
Avalon
Straight Life
Patricia
Blues For Blanche
A Song For Richard
 

TDKNumber: 191033-2

-

-

* CD Release Live In Atlanta Label:  TDKNumber: 191033-2

 

Milcho Leviev Quartet

Art Pepper (as) Milcho Leviev (p) Tony Dumas (b) Carl Burnett (d)

"Ronnie Scott's Club", London, England, June 28 & 29, 1980

Make A List Make A Wish

Mole Jazz (E) Mole 1

Sad A Little Bit

-

Ophelia

-

Blues For The Fisherman

-

True Blues

Mole Jazz (E) Mole 5

Goodbye

-

Y.I. Blues

-

Straight Life

-

* Milcho Leviev - Blues For The Fisherman (Mole Jazz (E) Mole 1)
* Milcho Leviev - True Blues (Mole Jazz (E) Mole 5)

Sonny Stitt Quintet

Art Pepper, Sonny Stitt (as) Lou Levy (p) Chuck DeMonica (b) Carl Burnett (d)

Los Angeles, CA, July 28 & 29, 1980

Scrapple From The Apple

Atlas (J) LA27 1004

Wee

-

Bernie's Tune

-

How High The Moon

-

Walkin'

-

Groovin' High

-

* Sonny Stitt - Groovin' High (Atlas (J) LA27 1004)

Sonny Stitt Quintet

Sonny Stitt (as) Art Pepper (as, ts) Russ Freeman (p) John Hard (b) Carl Burnett (d)

Los Angeles, CA, July 30 & 31, 1980

Atlas Blues

Atlas (J) LA27 1007

Lester Leaps In

-

Autumn In New York

-

My Funny Valentine

-

Lover Man

-

Imagination

-

* Sonny Stitt - Atlas Blues Blow And Ballads (Atlas (J) LA27 1007)

Art Pepper Quintet With Strings

Art Pepper (as, cl) Stanley Cowell (p) Howard Roberts (g) Cecil McBee (b) Carl Burnett (d) Jimmy Bond, Bill Holman (arr, cond) Nate Rubin (concertmaster) John Tenney, Greg Mazmanian, Patrice Anderson, Clifton Foster, Dan Smiley, Audrey Desilva, Elizabeth Gibson or Stephen Gihl, Emily Van Valkenburgh (vln) Sharon O'Connor, Mary Ann Meredith or Terry Adams (vlc)

Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA, September 3 & 4, 1980

Our Song

Galaxy GXY 5140

Here's That Rainy Day

-

That's Love

-

Winter Moon

-

When The Sun Comes Out

-

Blues In The Night

-

The Prisoner

-

Ol' Man River

Fantasy OJCCD 677-2; Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

Here's That Rainy Day (alt. take)

Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

Winter Moon (alt. take)

-

When The Sun Comes Out (alt. take)

-

Our Song (alt. take)

Fantasy OJCCD 677-2; Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

The Prisoner (alt. take)

-

Ever since Artie Shaw and Charlie Parker, most jazz musicians have had a desire to record at least once in their lives with strings, often considering it a prestigious honor. Altoist Art Pepper finally had his chance on this album and fortunately the string arrangements (by Bill Holman and Jimmy Bond) do not weigh down the proceedings. Pepper sounds quite inspired performing seven strong compositions highlighted by Hoagy Carmichael's "Winter Moon," "When the Sun Comes Out" and a clarinet feature on "Blues in the Night." This material (plus four alternate takes and two other songs from the same sessions) is included in the massive Art Pepper Galaxy box set. -- Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

* Art Pepper - Winter Moon (Galaxy GXY 5140; Fantasy OJCCD 677-2)
* Art Pepper - The Complete Galaxy Recordings (Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2)

Art Pepper Quintet

Art Pepper (as) Stanley Cowell (p) Howard Roberts (g -1,6,9) Cecil McBee (b) Carl Burnett (d)

Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA, September 5, 1980

1.

Mr. Big Falls His J.G. Hand

Galaxy GXY 5141

2.

Close To You Alone

-

3.

There Will Never Be Another You

-

4.

Melolev

-

5.

Goodbye Again!

-

6.

Brazil

-

7.

There Will Never Be Another You (alt. take)

Fantasy OJCCD 678-2; Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

8.

Melolev (alt. take)

-

9.

Goodbye, Again! (alt. take)

-

* Art Pepper - One September Afternoon (Galaxy GXY 5141; Fantasy OJCCD 678-2)
* Art Pepper - The Complete Galaxy Recordings (Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2)

Freddie Hubbard Nonet

Freddie Hubbard (tp, flh) Phil Ranelin (tb) Art Pepper (as) George Cables (p) Peter Wolf (syn) Roland Bautista (g) Stanley Clarke (b) Peter Erskine (d) Paulinho Da Costa (per)

Los Angeles, CA, September 15-18, 1980

Sunshine Lady

East World Jazz (J) EWJ 80194

Eclipse

-

Blue Nights

-

Now I've Found Love

-

I Love You

-

Bring It Back Home

-

* Freddie Hubbard - Mistral (East World Jazz (J) EWJ 80194)

1981

Shelly Manne Sextet

Bill Watrous (tb) Art Pepper (as) Bob Cooper (ts) Pete Jolly (p) Monty Budwig (b) Shelly Manne (d)

Hollywood, CA, May 4, 1981

Just Friends

Atlas (J) LA27 1012

These Foolish Things

-

Hollywood Jam Blues

-

Lover Come Back To Me

-

Limehouse Blues

-

I'm Getting Sentimental Over You

-

I'm Getting Sentimental Over You (alt. take)

Atlas (J) LA27 1023

* Shelly Manne - Hollywood Jam (Atlas (J) LA27 1012)
* Art Pepper Sideman (Atlas (J) LA27 1023)

Art Pepper - Duke Jordan Quartet

Art Pepper (as, cl) Duke Jordan (p) David Williams (b) Carl Burnett (d)

"Cafe Mountmartre", Jazzhus, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 3, 1981

Blues Montmartre

Galaxy 2GCD 8201-2

What Is This Thing Called Love?

-

Over The Rainbow

-

Caravan

-

Rhythm-A-Ning

-

You Go To My Head

-

Besame Mucho

-

Cherokee

-

Radio Blues

-

Good Bait

-

All The Things You Are

-

This was the first and last time Pepper worked with Jordan, and came about as a result of Pepper's usual pianist, George Cables, being unable to make the dates at Club Montmartre in Copenhagen. To Pepper's dismay, Danmarks Radio decided to record the first gig of the Montmartre series. Pepper need not have worried -- the show was a rousing success, with the band tackling a set of standards (and a couple of Pepper originals) with such verve and determination that relatively simple tunes turned into astounding solo workouts (there are several drum and bass solos to be heard on this record), the amazing highlight of which is a shot at "Besame Mucho" that rounds out to twenty-two minutes. Art Pepper was in the process of dying at the time this recording was made, but there's no lack of energy, no loss of vitality. A two-CD live jazz set that's well worth having and should not be overlooked. -- Steven McDonald, All

* Art Pepper With Duke Jordan In Copenhagen 1981 (Galaxy 2GCD 8201-2)

Art Pepper Quartet

Art Pepper (as) George Cables (p) David Williams (b) Carl Burnett (d)

"Maiden Voyage", Los Angeles, CA, August 13, 1981

Thank You Blues

Galaxy GXY 5145

Valse Triste

Galaxy GXY 5151

What's New?

-

Landscape (edited ver.)

-

Donna Lee

Fantasy OJCCD 680-2; Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

Landscape (unedited ver.)

Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

* Art Pepper - Art Lives: The Maiden Voyage Sessions, Vol. 2 (Galaxy GXY 5145)
* Art Pepper - APQ: The Maiden Voyage Sessions, Vol. 3 (Galaxy GXY 5151)
* Art Pepper - Arthur's Blues (Fantasy OJCCD 680-2)
* Art Pepper - The Complete Galaxy Recordings (Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2)

Art Pepper Quartet

same personnel

"Maiden Voyage", Los Angeles, CA, August 14, 1981

Road Waltz

Fantasy OJCCD 680-2; Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

For Freddie

-

But Beautiful

-

Mambo Koyama

Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

Landscape

-

* Art Pepper - Arthur's Blues (Fantasy OJCCD 680-2)
* Art Pepper - The Complete Galaxy Recordings (Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2)

Art Pepper Quartet

same personnel

"Maiden Voyage", Los Angeles, CA, August 15, 1981

Roadgame

Galaxy GXY 5142

Road Waltz

-

When You're Smiling

-

Everything Happens To Me

-

Allen's Alley

Galaxy GXY 5145

Samba Mom-Mom

-

But Beautiful

-

Mambo Koyama

Galaxy GXY 5151

Roadgame (alt. take)

Fantasy OJCCD 774-2; Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

For Freddie

Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

Arthur's Blues

Fantasy OJCCD 680-2; Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

* Art Pepper - Roadgame: The Maiden Voyage Sessions, Vol. 1 (Galaxy GXY 5142; Fantasy OJCCD 774-2)
* Art Pepper - Art Lives: The Maiden Voyage Sessions, Vol. 2 (Galaxy GXY 5145)
* Art Pepper - APQ: The Maiden Voyage Sessions, Vol. 3 (Galaxy GXY 5151)
* Art Pepper - The Complete Galaxy Recordings (Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2)
* Art Pepper - Arthur's Blues (Fantasy OJCCD 680-2)

Art Pepper - Zoot Sims Combo

Art Pepper (as) Zoot Sims (ts -1,3) Victor Feldman (p) Ray Brown (b -1,3) Charlie Haden (b -2) Billy Higgins (d)

"Royce Hall", University Of Californa, Los Angeles, CA, September 27, 1981

1.

Wee (Allen's Alley)

Pablo PACD 2310-957-2

2.

Over The Rainbow

-

3.

Breakdown Blues

-

This historic music, which was released for the first time on this 1995 CD, features an exuberant session by a notable group of veteran all-stars, recorded live at UCLA in 1981. Altoist Art Pepper is heard on a lyrical and emotional version of "Over the Rainbow" (the only selection that has Charlie Haden on bass). Tenor great Zoot Sims swings on "In the Middle of a Kiss," "Broadway" and "The Girl from Ipanema"; the latter two songs also feature guitarist Barney Kessel. But the main reason to acquire this disc is to hear Sims and Pepper jamming together on "Wee" and "Breakdown Blues." The rhythm section of pianist Victor Feldman, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Billy Higgins is as tight, alert and hard-swinging as one would expect, and it is a joy to hear this rare encounter by the two great saxophonists. It is only a pity that Pepper and Sims did not record together more extensively during their careers. -- Scott Yanow, All
 

* Art Pepper/Zoot Sims - Art 'N' Zoot (Pablo PACD 2310-957-2)

 

 

Art Pepper Quratet

Art Pepper (as);George Cables (p); David Williams(b); Carl Burnett (d)

Live in Far North Japan Nov 22,1981

 Billie's Bounce
-Besame Mucho
-Road Waltz
-Intro of Band
-Body and Soul
-Rhythming & Authur's Blues

TDCN-5172

* TDK   # TDCN-5172ART PEPPER - Live In Far North Japan

Art Pepper Quartet

Art Pepper (as) George Cables (p) Tony Dumas (b) Carl Burnett (d)

'Festival Di Pescara', Pescara, Italy, December 7, 1981

Cherokee

Philology (It) W 100/101

* Various Artists - It Happened In Pescara 1969-1989 (Philology (It) W 100/101)

1982

Lee Konitz Quartet

Lee Konitz (as) Art Pepper (as, cl) Michael Lang (p) Bob Magnusson (b) John Dentz (d)

Los Angeles, CA, January 18 & 19, 1982

'S Wonderful

Atlas (J) LA27 1016

'S Wonderful (alt. take)

Atlas (J) LA27 1023

Whims Of Chambers

Atlas (J) LA27 1016

A Minor Blues In F

-

This Can't Be Love

-

The Shadow Of Your Smile

-

Anniversary Song

-

Cherokee

-

* Lee Konitz - High Jingo (Atlas (J) LA27 1016)
* Art Pepper Sideman (Atlas (J) LA27 1023)

Richie Cole Quintet

Art Pepper (as, cl) Richie Cole (as, bars) Roger Kellaway (p) Bob Magnusson (b) Billy Higgins (d)

Los Angeles, CA, February 16, 1982

Return To Alto Acres

Palo Alto Jazz PA 8023

The Things We Did Last Summer

-

Art's Opus #2

-

A&R

-

Palo Alto Blues

-

Broadway

-

Sleigh Ride

Palo Alto Jazz PA 8032

On his first LP for Palo Alto, Richie Cole got to meet up for the only time on record with altoist Art Pepper. Together with pianist Roger Kellaway, bassist Bob Magnusson and drummer Billy Higgins, Cole and Pepper play four basic originals, "Things We Did Last Summer" (Cole's feature) and "Broadway." What is particularly unusual about this date is that Cole not only plays alto but tenor and baritone while Pepper also gives listeners a taste of his clarinet. The historic bebop encounter has unfortunately been long out-of-print since Palo Alto is long defunct.

* Richie Cole - Return To Alto Acres (Palo Alto Jazz PA 8023)
* Various Artists - Mistletoe Magic (Palo Alto Jazz PA 8032)

Art Pepper Quintet

Art Pepper (as) Joe Farrell (ts) George Cables (p) Tony Dumas (b) John Dentz (d)

Los Angeles, CA, March 23, 1982

Section-8 Blues

Real Time RT 309

Sweet Lorraine

-

Mode For Joe

-

Darn That Dream

-

Who Can I Turn To?

-

Tenor-saxophonist Joe Farrell recorded two albums' worth of material for RealTime in March 1982. This CD reissue by Drive Archive has most of the best material including three selections featuring altoist Art Pepper in one of his final recordings; Pepper is best on his showcase "Darn That Dream." Farrell (who is joined by pianist George Cables, bassist Tony Dumas and drummer John Dentz) is in consistently fine form throughout the other selections, sounding particularly adventurous on "Mode for Joe" and coming up with some fresh statements on such standards as "Blue & Boogie," "You Stepped out of a Dream" and "Someday My Prince Will Come." -- Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

* Art Pepper - Darn That Dream (Real Time RT 309)

Art Pepper - George Cables Duo

Art Pepper (as) George Cables (p)

Berkeley, CA, April 13 & 14, 1982

Over The Rainbow

Galaxy GXY 5147

Tete-A-Tete

-

Down That Dream

-

Body And Soul

-

The Way You Look Tonight

-

'Round About Midnight

-

You Go To My Head

-

A Night In Tunisia

Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

Samba Mom-Mom

-

Last Thing Blues

-

Over The Rainbow (alt. take)

-

Body And Soul (alt. take)

-

* Art Pepper/George Cables - Tete-A-Tete (Galaxy GXY 5147; Fantasy OJCCD 843-2)
* Art Pepper - The Complete Galaxy Recordings (Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2)

Art Pepper - George Cables Duo

Art Pepper (as, cl) George Cables (p)

Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA, May 11 & 12, 1982

Goin' Home

Galaxy GXY 5143

Samba Mom-Mom

-

In A Mellotone

-

Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin'

-

Isn't She Lovely

-

Billie's Bounce

-

Lover Man

-

The Sweetest Sounds

-

You Go To My Head (alt. take)

Fantasy OJCCD 679-2; Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

Stardust

Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin' (alt. take A)

Fantasy OJCCD 679-2; Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

Darn That Dream

Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin' (alt. take B)

-

Altoist Art Pepper's final recordings resulted in two albums worth of duets with pianist George Cables; the music was reissued in expanded form on Pepper's 16-CD Galaxy box set, but otherwise, this LP is out of print. Highlights of these relaxed but passionate encounters include "Over the Rainbow," "Body and Soul," "The Way You Look Tonight" and "You Go to My Head." Pepper never did decline on record, and although he died in June 1982 (just a month after the last of these duets), he is prime form throughout the emotional performances. -- Scott

* Art Pepper/George Cables - Goin' Home (Galaxy GXY 5143; Fantasy OJCCD 679-2)
* Art Pepper - The Complete Galaxy Recordings (Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2)

Art Pepper Quartet

Art Pepper (as, cl) Roger Kellaway (p) David Williams (b) Carl Burnett (d)

Los Angeles, CA, May 30, 1982

Landscape

Tofrec (J) TFCL 88918

Ophelia

-

Mambo

-

Koyama

-

Over The Rainbow

-

When You're Smiling

-

* Art Pepper Last Concert 1982 - Final Art (Tofrec (J) TFCL 88918)

 

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