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The Art of the Ballad

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Fantasy's The Art of the Ballad series continues with a chronologically wide-ranging look at Art Pepper's way with standard tunes, splitting time almost equally between the two divisions of his career and striking emotional gold frequently. As good as the Contemporary label recordings from 1956 to 1960 are, Pepper's passionate, heart-stopping playing on the 1977-1982 selections from Galaxy simply put them deep in the shade; heard side by side, the earlier dates sound almost lightweight. The disc indulges in two selections from Pepper's string album Winter Moon the title track and "Blues in the Night," where Pepper muses on the clarinet, but the emotional rush that ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Fantasy's The Art of the Ballad series continues with a chronologically wide-ranging look at Art Pepper's way with standard tunes, splitting time almost equally between the two divisions of his career and striking emotional gold frequently. As good as the Contemporary label recordings from 1956 to 1960 are, Pepper's passionate, heart-stopping playing on the 1977-1982 selections from Galaxy simply put them deep in the shade; heard side by side, the earlier dates sound almost lightweight. The disc indulges in two selections from Pepper's string album Winter Moon the title track and "Blues in the Night," where Pepper muses on the clarinet, but the emotional rush that they produce is worth the extra emphasis. There is also a spectacularly nuanced "You Go to My Head" from this period, live at the Village Vanguard, and two duets with George Cables from a month and a half before Pepper's death. Everything here is already out on CD; there is nothing from the peak late-period album Straight Life, and the sequencing is catch-as-catch-can, but this sampler is potent enough to give newcomers to Art Pepper a depth charge.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/1998
  • Label: Prestige
  • UPC: 025218311021
  • Catalog Number: 11010
  • Sales rank: 81,010

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Art Pepper Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone
Frank Butler Drums
George Cables Piano
Conte Candoli Trumpet
Stanley Cowell Piano
Red Garland Piano
Herb Geller Alto Saxophone
Bill Holman Conductor
Elvin Jones Drums
Philly Joe Jones Drums
Wynton Kelly Piano
Mel Lewis Drums
Warne Marsh Tenor Saxophone
Cecil McBee Bass
Bill Perkins Tenor Saxophone
Ronnie Ball Piano
Pete Candoli Trumpet
Dolo Coker Piano
Bob Enevoldsen Tenor Saxophone, Valve Trombone
Pete Jolly Piano
Jimmy Cobb Drums
Med Flory Baritone Saxophone
Patrice Anderson Violin
Carl Burnette Drums
Paul Chambers Bass
Audrey DeSilva Violin
Clifton Foster Violin
Gary Frommer Drums
Stephen Gehl Violin
Elisabeth Gibson Violin
Howard Roberts Guitar
Jack Sheldon Trumpet
Joe Mondragon Bass
Marty Paich Conductor
Greg Mazmanian Violin
George Mraz Bass
Dick Nash Trombone
Sharon O'Connor Cello
Dan Smiley Violin
John Tenney Violin
Ben Tucker Bass
Emily VanValkenburgh Violin
Vincent DeRosa French Horn
Jimmy Bond Bass
Terry Adams Cello
Technical Credits
George Cables Contributor
Conte Candoli Contributor
Red Garland Contributor
Bill Holman Arranger
Elvin Jones Contributor
Philly Joe Jones Contributor
Wynton Kelly Contributor
Mel Lewis Contributor
Cecil McBee Contributor
Pete Candoli Contributor
Carl Burnette Contributor
Paul Chambers Contributor
J. Fred Coots Composer
Gary Frommer Contributor
Haven Gillespie Composer
Lester Koenig Producer
Marty Paich Arranger
Ed Michel Producer
George Mraz Contributor
Laurie Pepper Producer
Joe Tarantino Remastering
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
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