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Hollywood All Star Sessions Box set

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The Hollywood All-Star Sessions chronicle an important part of Art Pepper's comeback in the late '70s, when the altoist was surmounting years of heroin addiction and imprisonment to play with renewed energy and an impassioned creativity. His Complete Galaxy Recordings from the period have already been collected in a 16-CD set, but Pepper was also recording for the small Japanese label Atlas, appearing as "sideman" on a series of sessions that he usually led in all but name. This five-CD set gathers music from seven LPs recorded between 1979 and 1982, sessions that haven't been issued in the U.S. on CD, and adds two unissued alternate takes and an insightful essay by Laurie Pepper, Art's widow.

The Atlas intention was to recapture the flavor of West Coast jazz of the '50s, and the label matched Peeper with associates and material that would suggest the earlier era. Nominal leaders of the Hollywood All-Stars included West Coast veterans such as trumpeter Jack Sheldon, drummer Shelly Manne, and pianist Pete Jolly, as well as the younger trombonist Bill Watrous, with Pepper himself as the only constant. The material emphasizes standards and jazz tunes from the earlier era, and the group style is suavely relaxed, often with touches of counterpoint. If Pepper's intensity had always marked him as something of an outsider in the cool school, it was also an inspiration: this is small-group modern jazz that's often as lively as it is polished, with Pepper prodding Sheldon, Watrous, and tenor saxophonist Bob Cooper to outdo themselves.

Pepper's ballad playing had a uniquely visceral quality and it often stands out here, especially in a quartet session under pianist Pete Jolly's name, with Pepper unfettered by other horns. There are also meetings with two other giants of modern jazz alto, Sonny Stitt and Lee Konitz. The sessions with Stitt produced two LPs, with the focus strongly on blues and bop. It's spirited music, with Stitt's Parker-like lines contrasting with Pepper's alternately jagged and convoluted phrasing. If Stitt challenged Pepper's competitiveness, then Konitz ignited his imagination. Recorded just five months before Pepper's death, it's an encounter between two of the genuine improvisers, each shaping music anew with every gesture, phrase, and inflection, whether the material at hand is as novel as Konitz's "A Minor Blues in F" or as hackneyed as "Anniversary Song." --Stuart Broomer

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Just Friends
  2. Begin The Beguine
  3. For Art's Sake
  4. Angel Eyes
  5. P. Town
  6. Funny Blues (alternate)
  7. Angel Wings
  8. Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise
  9. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
  10. Jack's Blues

Disc: 2

  1. Broadway
  2. Historia De Un Amor
  3. Minority
  4. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To (alternate)
  5. Bradway (alternate)
  6. Strike Up The Band
  7. You Go To My Head
  8. I Surrender, Dear
  9. Y.I. Blues
  10. Night And Day
  11. Everything Happens To Me

Disc: 3

  1. Out Of Nowhere
  2. Y.I. Blues (alternate)
  3. Scrapple From The Apple
  4. Wee
  5. Bernie's Tune
  6. How High The Moon
  7. Walkin'
  8. Groovin' High
  9. Groovin' High (alternate)

Disc: 4

  1. Atlas Blues
  2. Lester Leaps In
  3. My Funny Valentine
  4. Imagination
  5. Just Friends
  6. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)
  7. Hollywood Jam Blues
  8. Lover, Come Back To Me
  9. Limehouse Blues

Disc: 5

  1. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
  2. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You (alternate)
  3. S'Wonderful
  4. Whims Of Chambers
  5. A Minor Blue In F
  6. High Jingo
  7. The shadow Of Your Smile
  8. Anniversary Song
  9. Cherokee
  10. S'Wonderful (alternate)
  11. Whims Of Chambers (alternate)


Product details

  • Audio CD (May 15, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Galaxy
  • Run Time: 346 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005CCBI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,589 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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