Best of Art Pepper [Contemporary]

The Best of Art Pepper [Contemporary]

by Art Pepper
     
 
In an otherwise mostly self-destructive career, Art Pepper had the good fortune to hook up early on with Lester Koenig of Contemporary Records, who loyally stuck with his troubled alto sax star for over two decades. Then, after Koenig's death in 1977, Pepper caught on with Galaxy until his own passing five years later. Since Fantasy owns both catalogs, the Art Pepper

Overview

In an otherwise mostly self-destructive career, Art Pepper had the good fortune to hook up early on with Lester Koenig of Contemporary Records, who loyally stuck with his troubled alto sax star for over two decades. Then, after Koenig's death in 1977, Pepper caught on with Galaxy until his own passing five years later. Since Fantasy owns both catalogs, the Art Pepper volume in Fantasy's voluminous "Best Of" series covers an unusually and gratifyingly vast span of territory in comparison with most of the other volumes. Beginning with the lead-off track, the ironically named "Smack Up," the CD takes us through Pepper's sporadic yet miraculously fruitful early Contemporary sessions from 1957-60. Now-revered albums like Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section with a team of famous Miles Davis sidemen ("Tin Tin Deo," "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To"), the superb Marty Paich-arranged Art Pepper + Eleven ("Move," "Bernie's Tune"), and the Gettin' Together encounter with another Davis rhythm section ("Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise," "Gettin' Together") flash by, with Pepper excelling in his '50s hard bop mode on all fronts. The CD then takes a huge leap over the incarcerated years and late Contemporary sessions to 1978 and the Galaxy period. Suddenly, the textures change toward a funky Latin beat on "Mambo Koyama" and a small string section with Howard Roberts' acoustic guitar on "The Prisoner" and "Our Song," with pianist Stanley Cowell and bassist Cecil McBee updating the backing. Pepper's playing becomes crisper, more succinct, more openly emotional and experimental. "Over the Rainbow" closes matters, with Pepper as unsentimental as ever. While there is still a good deal more to be said about the prolific Galaxy years -- and his last project with Koenig, the miles of tapes from the 1977 Village Vanguard gig, is unrepresented -- this well-packed disc contains enough to whet any curious appetite.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/2004
Label:
Contemporary
UPC:
0025218351423
catalogNumber:
5714

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Art Pepper   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Frank Butler   Drums
Stanley Cowell   Piano
Russ Freeman   Piano
Red Garland   Piano
Philly Joe Jones   Drums
Richie Kamuca   Tenor Saxophone
Wynton Kelly   Piano
Mel Lewis   Drums
Cecil McBee   Bass,Double Bass
Dolo Coker   Piano
Bob Enevoldsen   Valve Trombone
Pete Jolly   Piano
Kenneth Nash   Percussion,Conga
Jimmy Cobb   Drums
Med Flory   Baritone Saxophone
Charlie Kennedy   Alto Saxophone
Porcino   Trumpet
Patrice Anderson   Violin
Paul Chambers   Double Bass
Audrey DeSilva   Violin
Clifton Foster   Violin
Elisabeth Gibson   Violin
Roy Haynes   Drums
Howard Roberts   Guitar
Jack Sheldon   Trumpet
Joe Mondragon   Bass,Double Bass
Marty Paich   Conductor
Greg Mazmanian   Violin
Mary Anne Meredith   Cello
Dick Nash   Trombone
Sharon O'Connor   Cello
Nathan Rubin   Concert Master
Dan Smiley   Violin
John Tenney   Violin
Vincent DeRosa   French Horn
Jimmy Bond   Bass,Conductor,Double Bass
Carl Burnett   Drums
Terry Adams   Cello

Technical Credits

Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Gil Fuller   Composer
Harold Land   Composer
Art Pepper   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Chano Pozo   Composer
Jerry Bock   Composer
Denzil Best   Composer
Baker Bigsby   Engineer
Wally Buck   Engineer
John Desautels   Composer
Roy DuNann   Engineer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Howard Holzer   Engineer
Lester Koenig   Audio Production
Marty Paich   Arranger
Ed Michel   Producer,Audio Production
Bernard Miller   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Jimmy Bond   Arranger
Clarence Gaskill   Composer
Paul De Barros   Liner Notes
Larry Holofcener   Composer

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