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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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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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Sam Braysher Trio: Dance Little Lady, Dance Little Man

Read "Dance Little Lady, Dance Little Man" reviewed by Thomas Fletcher


It was back in 2017 when we were first introduced to Sam Braysher with his debut release Golden Earrings (Fresh Sound New Talent), performed alongside pianist, Michael Kanan and featuring a collection of reinterpreted songs from the Great American Songbook. Braysher is now following his own footsteps by releasing a trio album with a similar theme. ...

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Art Pepper: Unreleased Art Pepper: Atlanta 1980

Read "Unreleased Art Pepper: Atlanta 1980" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


La serie delle performance inedite di Art Pepper giunge all'11° capitolo e si aggiunge alle altre registrazioni in studio o live (molte dell'etichetta Galaxy), che documentano la fase finale della sua carriera. Anche quest'album doppio è stato curato dalla vedova Laurie che ebbe il merito di sostenere la fragile personalità del marito, consentendogli di esprimere e ...

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Take Five with David Larsen

Read "Take Five with David Larsen" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet David Larsen David Larsen is a saxophonist, composer, and educator. He has performed with a variety of artists including Ken Peplowski, Francisco Torres, Dave Glenn, Ron Vincent, Bill Mays, Dean Johnson, and the internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist Halie Loren. Recently, Larsen appears on the Origin Records release New Normal (2021) by Greg Yasinitsky and was ...

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The Essential W. Royal Stokes: Jazz, Blues, and Beyond 2020

Read "The Essential W. Royal Stokes: Jazz, Blues, and Beyond 2020" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


The Essential W. Royal Stokes: Jazz, Blues, and Beyond W. Royal Stokes 560 Pages ISBN: # 979-8611405475 Hannah Books 2020 Musician-actor Martin Mull once expressed that, “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture." That is certainly good for a laugh, but there is a lot of music out ...

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Art Pepper: Unreleased Art Pepper Volume Eleven: Atlanta

Read "Unreleased Art Pepper Volume Eleven: Atlanta" reviewed by Peter J. Hoetjes


Laurie Pepper expands upon the legend of her late husband, Art Pepper, with the release of Atlanta. The eleventh edition in her Widow's Taste series of uncovered treasures finds the alto saxophonist at an unspecified jazz club in Atlanta, Georgia, during the spring of 1980. Firmly planted in his comeback era, Pepper found comfort and familiarity ...

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Meroli: Notturni

Read "Notturni" reviewed by Chris May


Jazz has a great track record when it comes to film scores. Standouts include Miles Davis' soundtrack for Louis Malle's Ascenseur Pour L'échafaud (1958), Charles Mingus' for John Cassavetes' Shadows (1959) and Krzysztof Komeda's for Roman Polanski's Knife In The Water (1962). There are dozens more, particularly from the 1950s and 1960s, before rock became the ...

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Notable and Nearly Missed 2020

Read "Notable and Nearly Missed 2020" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


The strange year that was 2020 yielded, reluctantly, re-issued and previously unissued recordings from across the spectrum of music and ain't it fine to have such to consider. The value of such recordings lay in their function in pointing to the musical future we presently inhabit. They fill in the blank spaces between then and now. ...

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'Unreleased Art Pepper Volume Eleven: Atlanta' To Be Released Feb. 19 On Widow's Taste Records

'Unreleased Art Pepper Volume Eleven: Atlanta' To Be Released Feb. 19 On Widow's Taste Records

On a 1980 tour that he undertook with his working quartet, Art Pepper spent the evening of May 17 electrifying the audience at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of jny: Atlanta. The tour was a quickie affair—his wife and manager, Laurie, barely even noted it on her calendar. She did roll tape, however, and for her efforts, ...


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