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Alto Saxophonist Art Pepper, a native of Gardena California, played in the overtly emotional manner that came to define the West Coast style. His solo approach was always passionate, from early recordings made with Stan Kenton's orchestra during his years with the band (1943 and 1946-52) and in jam sessions on LA’s Central Avenue. Records and club work with Shorty Rogers and his Giants beginning in 1951 provided more room for his solo skills, and by 1952 he began cutting more intimate and open quartet and quintet sessions under his own name. By this time he had already developed a dependence on alcohol, pills, and heroin that led to an erratic lifestyle and (in 1952) the first of several arrests and incarcerations. For the remainder of the decade, Pepper alternated stretches in prison with bursts of recording activity

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Article: Bailey's Bundles

May 2022: Music In The Air

Read "May 2022: Music In The Air" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Mark Christian MIller Music In The Air Sliding Jazz Door 2022 Southern California has an embarrassment of jazz vocal riches, of which Mark Christian Miller is a considerable part. A welcome fixture in the Los Angeles area, Miller has released two previous recordings in 2004's Dreamer With A Penney (Sliding Glass ...

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Article: Journey into Jazz

Record Store Day April 2022 Jazz Releases

Read "Record Store Day April 2022 Jazz Releases" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


April 23, 2022 marks the fifteenth anniversary of Record Store Day. Over the years, RSD has grown from a small once-a-year experience to multiple events depending on the year. Each RSD drop features limited-edition vinyl releases, which are popular among collectors. More importantly, though, RSD draws attention to independent record stores, many of whom have flourished ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Lennie Tristano Personal Recordings, 1946-1970

Read "Lennie Tristano Personal Recordings, 1946-1970" reviewed by Peter Rubie


They called it the Cool School, but what's in a name? In this case, quite a lot as it happens. The Cool School included musicians like Chet Baker, John Lewis and the Modern Jazz Quartet, and Dave Brubeck. Under the guidance of arranger and composer Gil Evans, it established itself in an unquestionable way ...

News: Video / DVD

Art Pepper and Warne Marsh

Art Pepper and Warne Marsh

There are great jazz musicians. And then there are great pairings of great jazz musicians. Some of these pairings you know, some may be less familiar. A duo in the latter category was West Coast alto saxophonist Art Pepper and New York tenor saxophonist Warne Marsh. On the recordings by these two players, you get two ...

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Article: Album Review

Mace Francis Plus 11: Isolation Emancipation

Read "Isolation Emancipation" reviewed by Jack Bowers


After a brief pause to accommodate Covid-19 restrictions, Australian composer and arranger Mace Francis is back—with a brand new musical wardrobe, a new axe (trombone) and a pared-down ensemble reminiscent of the classic Art Pepper + Eleven album (with arrangements by Marty Paich) from 1960. Like that earlier album, Isolation Emancipation was written with Paich in ...

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Article: Interview

Bill Goodwin: Not Less Than Everything

Read "Bill Goodwin: Not Less Than Everything" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Bill Goodwin is like a breath of fresh air blowing through jazz. From the time around 1954 when he was in jny: Los Angeles and just learning the drums, and inspired by Shelly Manne, to today, around his 80th birthday, he has loved jazz and the musicians unconditionally. He has befriended and worked with so many ...

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Unreleased Art Pepper: Atlanta 1980

Label: Widow's Taste
Released: 2021
Track listing:
CD 1:
Blues for Blanche; Talk: Band Intros; The Trip; Talk: about playing standards; Avalon; Talk: about Patricia; Patricia; Talk: about Landscape; Landscape; Talk: about new book; Straight Life.
CD 2:
Untitled #34; Talk: about How Milcho Escapes from Bulgaria; A Song for Richard; Talk: about Swing Journal; Mambo Koyam.

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Article: Live Review

George Cables & Piero Odorici Qt. all'Auditorium Cinema Teatro di Palermo

Read "George Cables & Piero Odorici Qt. all'Auditorium Cinema Teatro di Palermo" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo


George Cables & Piero Odorici Quartet Auditorium Cinema Teatro Nomos Jazz Palermo 9.12.2021 È un periodo artisticamente felice perGeorge Cables, che ha già firmato uno dei migliori CD jazz del 2021. Caratterizzato da una fisionomia artistica cooperativa e spazi solistici equamente distribuiti tra i musicisti, il suo quartetto ha confermato ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Art Pepper

Jazz Musician of the Day: Art Pepper

All About Jazz is celebrating Art Pepper's birthday today! Alto Saxophonist Art Pepper, a native of Gardena California, played in the overtly emotional manner that came to define the West Coast style. His solo approach was always passionate, from early recordings made with Stan Kenton's orchestra during his years with the band (1943 and 1946-52) and ...


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