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Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section [OJC Remasters] [Original recording remastered]

Art PepperAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 30, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Original Jazz Classics
  • ASIN: B0038M61BE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,693 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Art had just left jail, was out of practice, was fighting heroin addiction and found a problem with his sax mouthpiece just before this '57 session. The result? One of his all-time shining moments! He, Philly Joe Jones, Red Garland and Paul Chambers work magic with Straight Life; Imagination; Star Eyes; Birk's Works , and more. Bonus track from the session: The Man I Love .

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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic pick-up date December 6, 2000
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This date is traditionally seen as a watershed in Pepper's career, both in aesthetic terms and in terms of public recognition. Miles Davis was playing on the West Coast, & Les Koenig set up this date in which Pepper sits in with Davis's rhythm section (Red Garland on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, Philly Joe Jones on drums). Famously, Koenig & Pepper's wife Diane kept the date a secret from Pepper until the morning of the session, fearing that he'd be too nervous to agree to working with such a formidable group of East Coast musicians. Pepper was also deep in his drug problems, & hadn't picked up his instrument for ages. (The story is told in Pepper's autobiography _Straight Life_; I suspect there's a certain amount of self-mythologizing, but....) Almost miraculously, this hastily arranged pick-up date, with its assortment of easily-picked standards and a couple originals, turned out to be one of the best jazz records of the 1950s.
It's not perhaps surprising that Pepper & the Davis rhythm section hit it off. Pepper's style, though certainly strongly influenced by Charlie Parker, still is grounded in his affection for earlier saxophonists like Benny Carter & Lester Young; his repertoire often included pre-bop standards like "I Can't Believe You're in Love with Me" or, on this recording, "Jazz Me Blues" (from the Bix Beiderbecke/Frankie Trumbauer records). His signature tune, "Straight Life", given a superb reading here, is a lightning-fast contrafact on the old standard "After You've Gone".
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Anybody well steeped in the history of jazz will be familiar with the story of this recording, which goes something like: strung out, drug addled saxophonist who is out of work and out of luck is surprised by the announcement of his spouse that he has a recording gig at a local studio with the rhythm section of the then ubiquitous Miles Davis, so he dusts off his horn (literally), gets to the studio, is handed some lead sheets, and in the haze of a fading high, attempts to do a close reading of songs he is largely unfamiliar with, and pulls off one of the classic jazz recordings of the decade, if not of all time. Over the years, we can only speculate how much of this story is true and how much is embellishment, but what cannot be argued is that the quality of this recording and its overall musicianship and listenability is top notch. It's recordings like these that really make a person disappointed that there aren't more of them, more opportunities for these parties to have collaborated, maybe even in writing some original tunes together. I mean, Miles Davis' rhythm section was tighter than a conga drum head, and though at times you get the feeling they are carrying Pepper along with them, there are other times where you can't help but feel that Pepper has led them down a musical road they weren't planning to travel. The variety of tunes is great, the remastered recording is without glaring inadequacies. Red Garland's piano is ethereal at moments, while Philly Joe Jones and Paul Chambers keep the swing steady and strong. Pepper lays back when he wants, pops out when he wants, and generally adds just the slightest amount of risky instability to the steadiest support group from that era of jazz. Read more ›
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section April 9, 2005
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This is the classic Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section. This album is great as a whole. It is mostly made up of pop and jazz standards, and originals. Done in the mid 50's when jazz was at one of its peaks, the album is a wonderful listen from start to finish.

Art Pepper, saxophonist on the west coast, was basically belonged to the west coast school of players along with Shelly Manne, Victor Feldman, Stan Getz, Conte Candoli, Gerry Mulligan, and Chet Baker. On this recording, Pepper is teamed up with a rhythm section from the east coast, consisting of pianist Red Garland, Paul Chambers on bass, and the fireous drumming of Philly Joe Jones.

This was a neat cut. The playing time is quite heafty, due to the number of tracks, with average playing times of about 4 minutes each. Art's playing isn't up to par as he stated. I believe he hadn't played in a long time prior to the recording of this album. His sound here is brittle, but is improvisations are spectacular.

You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To, is a nice standard with some blues influence. Philly Joe Jones' solo is beautiful as usual. The collaboration between Garland and Pepper results in Red Pepper Blues.

There is extraudinary playing throughout. Art blows through his original Straight Life, and the band's playing is as soulful as can be.

Art was a big fan of Dixieland jazz, as demonstrated on Jazz Me Blues, the old New Orleans standard. The fine Dizzy Gillespie piece Birk Works is a kicker! But the real highlight for me is Tin Tin Deo. This has one of the best "B" sections I have ever heard.

This is the west coast meets the east coast. The east coast musicians were said to be more soulful, as opposed to the mostly white, west coast school. This album prooves it isn't true. Art rips through the pieces and swings throughout. A classic recording! Has been loved by many for years.

Five stars!

Classic Art Pepper!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absurdly well recorded for early (jan 1957) or any time for that...
I know there's a wonderful performance to speak of on this album, to say nothing of the backstory behind it, but, this album was recorded in early 1957? Read more
Published 10 days ago by wjw
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding vintage jazz music with a timeless vibe
High quality small group jazz project with a timeless vibe that sooths the soul.
Published 2 months ago by H. Holder
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
More great Jazz tracks.
Published 2 months ago by G. Rivis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Miles davis quintet with west coast legend. Nail on the head
Published 2 months ago by jeffery p. gossett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great performance, fantastic sound quality
I bought this one on the recommendation of one of those "best jazz recording" lists. If you really dig the sound of those classic 50's small combos, this is definitely a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. Lauderdale
4.0 out of 5 stars almost perfect
Five stars for the recording, a must have in every jazz collection. Four stars for the pressing. Virgin vinyl should have no clicks, pops or other imperfections, but it seems the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by T. Kardos
4.0 out of 5 stars Treasure Trove of Sax music
It is difficult to find saxophone music on cd's but here we have several masterpieces in the Amazon store. Well done. Read more
Published 9 months ago by ALAN VICTOR FOX
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good.
We listen this one a lot and it travels well. He put a lot of voice into his music. Check out his other CDs.
Published 9 months ago by Woodlandsman
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Session
THis album has been the background of my life the last few weeks.

A great session by some great musicians.
Published 9 months ago by Dan Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the Definitive Album From the LA-Based Altoist...
I 1st came across this cat nearly 10 years when I came across Fantasy's Best of Art Pepper CD. While I didn't buy the disc ), it did spark my interest in him. I esp. Read more
Published 9 months ago by dwood78
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