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Art Pepper & George Cables

Despite a remarkably colorful and difficult life, Art Pepper was quite consistent in the recording studios; virtually every recording he made is well worth getting. In the 1950s he was one of the few altoists (along with Lee Konitz and Paul Desmond) that was able to develop his own sound despite the dominant influence of Charlie Parker. During his last years, Pepper seemed to put all of his life's experiences into his music and he played with startling emotional intensity.

After a brief stint with Gus Arnheim, Pepper played with mostly black groups on Central Avenue in Los Angeles. He spent a little time in the Benny Carter and Stan Kenton orchestras before serving time in the military (1944-1946). Some of Pepper's happiest days were during his years with Stan Kenton (1947-1952), although he became a heroin addict in that period. The 1950s found the altoist recording frequently both as a leader and a sideman, resulting in at least two classics (Plays Modern Jazz Classics and Meets the Rhythm Section), but he also spent two periods in jail due to drug offenses during 1953-1956. Pepper was in top form during his Contemporary recordings of 1957-1960, but the first half of his career ended abruptly with long prison sentences that dominated the 1960s. His occasional gigs between jail terms found him adopting a harder tone influenced by John Coltrane that disturbed some of his longtime followers. He recorded with Buddy Rich in 1968 before getting seriously ill and rehabilitating at Synanon (1969-1971). Art Pepper began his serious comeback in 1975 and the unthinkable happened. Under the guidance and inspiration of his wife Laurie, Pepper not only recovered his former form but topped himself with intense solos that were quite unique; he also enjoyed occasionally playing clarinet. His recordings for Contemporary and Galaxy rank with the greatest work of his career. Pepper's autobiography Straight Life (written with his wife) is a brutally honest book that details his sometimes horrifying life. When Art Pepper died at the age of 56, he had attained his goal of becoming the world's great altoist. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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Pepper & Cables have long been favorites._T h e s e Duo sessions are so full of soul, genius, & meaningful collaboratio n between old friends_Very special recordings in the annals of Jazz.
I too found out about Art pepper through Harry Bosch ie MICHAEL Connelly great treasure
brings a tear to my eye.......so u l .
I love a good alto sax!
terrymoran70
New Fan, Just read about Art Pepper in a Michael Connelly novel, BLACK BOX. Turned on PANDORA to hear what all the fuss was about. WOW, great stuff.
He's one of my more interesting musicians... a n d I am very much interested in reading his book. THESE MUSICIANS WERE THE STEPPING STONES OF AN ERA THAT CAN'T BE REPLACED...a n d Mr. Pepper was one of the greatest!
listen to that thick tone on clarinet as played by the incomparable art pepper the man truly had the blues and it really shows in his playing - george cables is not half bad either the last art pepper LP i had, had the awe inspiring hampton hawes on piano. classic jazz by some of the best players around.
I cannot believe that no one has left any comments about Art Pepper - Art Pepper is one of the best saxaphone players to ever pick up the instrument - he also played clarinet aswell - Art Pepper lived jazz especially BEBOP. - IMHO - the only other saxaphone players as good as him would be john coltrane or maybe sonny rollins possibly dexter gordon and these are all players that made jazz what it is today - maybe everyone is listening to kenny G - LISTEN TO SOME HARD BOP INSTEAD - MIND EXPANSION

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