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Smack Up

Label: Contemporary Records
Released: 2004
Track listing: Smack Up; Las Cuevas De Mario; A Bit Of Basie; How Can You Lose; Maybe Next Year; Tears Inside; Solid Citizens (Take 33) Solid Citizens (Take 33).

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Art Pepper: Smack Up

Read "Smack Up" reviewed by David Rickert


Art Pepper's reckless lifestyle tended to overshadow his superb musicianship, and the circumstances surrounding Smack Up are certainly no exception. Shortly after recording it in 1960, he spent three years in jail for heroin possession, and one can only wonder if the title of the record is a play on words. Nevertheless, Pepper is in good ...

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Art Pepper: Smack Up

Read "Smack Up" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Art Pepper produced the greatest recordings of the so-called “first phase" of his career during periods of intense chaos. A case in point is Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section, where the altoist--rusty from inactivity, angry because of the surprise recording session set up by his then-wife Diane, and very, very strung out--expelled an acknowledged masterpiece. ...


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