Plus Eleven

Plus Eleven

by Art Pepper
     
 

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Anyone who still believes that West Coast Cool School players couldn't keep in step with the best of the hard swinging players of the East Coast should turn promptly to this gem of a recording. Pepper was in fighting shape in 1956, fronting a frisky mini-big band let loose on arranger Marty Paitch's walloping charts. Pepper shows off his highly personal See more details below

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Anyone who still believes that West Coast Cool School players couldn't keep in step with the best of the hard swinging players of the East Coast should turn promptly to this gem of a recording. Pepper was in fighting shape in 1956, fronting a frisky mini-big band let loose on arranger Marty Paitch's walloping charts. Pepper shows off his highly personal Charlie Parker-by-way-of-Lester Young saxophone language by ranging over bop ("Donna Lee," "Anthropology"), Cool School ("Bernie's Tune," "Walking Shoes"), and hard bop tunes ("Opus De Funk," "Walkin'). PLUS 11 captures the alto saxophonist during his gloriously confident middle period, before drug addiction, years of incarceration, and the eventual influence of post-bop players brought about a marked change in his style.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Anyone who still believes that West Coast "cool school" players couldn't keep in step with the best of the hard swinging players of the East Coast should turn promptly to this gem of a recording. 1956 found Pepper in fighting shape, fronting a frisky mini-big band let loose on arranger Marty Paitch's walloping charts. Pepper shows off his highly personal Charlie Parker-by-way-of-Lester Young saxophone language by ranging over bop ("Donna Lee," "Anthropology"), cool school ("Bernie's Tune," "Walking Shoes"), and hard bop tunes ("Opus De Funk," "Walkin'). PLUS 11 captures the alto saxophonist during his gloriously confident middle period, before drug addiction, years of incarceration and the eventual influence of post-bop players brought about a marked change in his style.
All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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. 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. [Some reissues add two additional versions of "Walkin'" and one of "Donna Lee" to the original program.]

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/1991
Label:
Ojc
UPC:
0025218634120
catalogNumber:
341
Rank:
62839

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Performance Credits

Art Pepper   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Trumpet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Russ Freeman   Piano
Herb Geller   Alto Saxophone
Richie Kamuca   Tenor Saxophone
Mel Lewis   Drums
Bill Perkins   Tenor Saxophone
Bud Shank   Alto Saxophone
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Bob Enevoldsen   Tenor Saxophone,Valve Trombone
Med Flory   Baritone Saxophone
Charlie Kennedy   Alto Saxophone
Porcino   Trumpet
Jack Sheldon   Trumpet
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Marty Paich   Conductor
Dick Nash   Trombone
Vincent DeRosa   French Horn

Technical Credits

Gil Fuller   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Ray Brown   Composer
Roy DuNann   Engineer
Nat Hentoff   Liner Notes
Lester Koenig   Producer
Marty Paich   Arranger
Charlie Parker   Composer
Roger Marshutz   Cover Photo

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