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Art Pepper and The Hollywood Allstars: Art Standards

Read "Art Standards" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Here is the sampler (and a fine one at that) from the box set...

From 1979 until his death in 1982, alto saxophonist Art Pepper, while still under contract to Galaxy, recorded for the small Japanese concern, Atlas, overtly as a sideman on a series of “All-Star" sessions, featuring a number of prominent West Coast musicians. ...

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Art Pepper: The Hollywood All-Star Sessions

Read "The Hollywood All-Star Sessions" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Aside from serving as a casebook study in self–destructive behavior, Art Pepper was one of the most consistently brilliant saxophonists ever to emerge from the so–called West Coast school of Jazz. The well–named Hollywood All–Star Sessions, on which he performed as a “sideman,” were recorded in 1979–82, the last of them (with alto saxophonist Lee Konitz) ...

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Art Pepper: Renascence

Read "Renascence" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

More Live Pepper.

The last ten years has seen a significant trickle of previously unissued or limited issued Art Pepper live music. The most recent include:Tokyo Debut (Galaxy 4201, 1989)Art Pepper with Duke Jordan in Copenhagen 1981 (Galaxy 8201, 1981)Art 'N Zoot (Pablo 2310, 1995)

 Now showing up is Renascence, a recording made at the famous ...

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Art Pepper: The Hollywood All-Star Sessions

Read "The Hollywood All-Star Sessions" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Just when the jazz community believes no more gold can be mined from the archives of the titan altoist Art Pepper, a mother lode is released.

First of all, a thumbnail sketch. Art Pepper emerged in the late 1940s as a formidable foil to the supremacy of Charlie Parker in the alto saxophone arena. After playing ...

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Art Pepper: The Hollywood All-Star Sessions

Read "The Hollywood All-Star Sessions" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Let’s face it, when historians and other purveyors of the jazz legacy consider the scene during the 1970s, a bleak outlook is usually the upshot. Jazz had become commercialized, fusionized, rock infested, and raped. Even the modest amount of mainstream fare that was being released to little public notice seemed to pale in comparison with the ...

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Philly Joe Jones: Philly Mignon

Read "Philly Mignon" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Pun-laden title aside this is a gourmet collection of hard swinging jazz. Philly Joe in his later years may have been a shade less audacious than in his youth, but you’d never know it listening to his bristling precision traps work on these five tracks. Manning his kit like a man possessed Jones pushes his rhythm ...

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Art Pepper: Renascence

Read "Renascence" reviewed by Dave Nathan

Art Pepper was one of those rare jazz players whose playing was immediately recognizable upon hearing the first few measures. Combining the technical fluidity of Charlie Parker with the pure, cool sound belying his West Coast origins, he had enough talent for two alto players.At the time of this recording, Art Pepper had just recordedLiving Legendfor ...

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Hank Jones: Ain't Misbehavin'

Read "Ain't Misbehavin'" reviewed by Derek Taylor

In the world of jazz few names register as deep a sense of nostalgia as Fats Waller. Emperor of the stride piano, raconteur and comedian, Waller built up a persona that is an indelible part of jazz history. This recording from the late 70s finds Jones in trio and sextet settings and firmly entrenched in the ...