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Art Pepper: Unreleased Art, Vol. 1 (Vol 1 Is a 2 CD Set)

by Art Pepper

Spectacularly emotional, soulful, tender, and swinging. Legendary Alto Saxophonist Art Pepper's concert in Abashiri Japan in bright snowy November, 1981 with George Cables, David Williams, Carl Burnett. Many never before released tracks.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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1. Landscape
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10:47 album only
2. Besame Mucho
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15:10 album only
3. Red Car
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12:43 album only
4. Goodbye
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10:39 album only
5. Straight Life
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8:16 album only
6. Road Waltz
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12:52 album only
7. For Freddie, Pt. 1
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0:42 album only
8. For Freddie, Part 2
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8:33 album only
9. Body & Soul
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13:29 album only
10. Talking
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0:32 album only
11. Rhythm-a-Ning
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12:54 album only
12. Blues Encore (Inc.)
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2:14 album only
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Album Notes
(Also check out Volume 2 "The Last Concert."

Art Pepper, legendary alto sax player, is known as one of the greatest jazz artists of his generation. But he always soared far beyond the dated categories of swing and be-bop in his lyricism, technical brilliance, soulfulness, and solid, down-home raunchy sweetness.

VOLUME 1 is a TWO DISC SET, a complete concert performed in Abashiri, in Northern Japan, in the snowy winter of 1981 for an audience who showered Art and the guys with uncommon enthusiasm and wild love. They responded with a performance that seems to levitate with energy. You get to be there and hear Art declare this performance of "Body and Soul" "One of the nicest things I've played in my life." Mastered by Wayne Peet, the quality is excellent. (Included: an eight page booklet with reminiscences and photos by Laurie) (moi).

Nobody has it. It's an instant collectors' item.

This album is the first of a series of mostly unreleased material which will include performances recorded live and in-studio throughout his career. Some "unreleased" tracks have been illegally exchanged (I mean they have been traded or, sold by people who haven't given me, Laurie, Art Pepper's widow and intended beneficiary, a taste: The taste that Art supposed I'd be entitled to.) Thus, the title of the series, "Widow's Taste."

What I'm doing here, is:
1. I'm introducing truly unreleased and unheard Art to people who want to hear it.
2. I'm introducing Art to people who thought they knew what jazz was (incomprehensible bebop), so they can correct that awful impression and fill their lives with soulful beauty.
3. I'm introducing Art to people who thought they knew what jazz was (Kenny G) and didn't like it. If you like Kenny G, just go away. There's nothing for you here.


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Jake Moyer

This CD has to be part the collection of any jazz buff who professes any love for the music at all. It's got everything Art Pepper has been building toward for his entire career. I can't wait to hear more of the unissued material.

Steve Komp

Fantastic stuff for Pepper fans, loaded with intensity & skill
I was completely carried away by this album. I think this final take on Besame Mucho is worth the price of admission alone, and is one of my all-time favorites. Altho not news to true Art Pepper fans, George Cables shows he is the perfect pianist for Art; they are so beautifully sympatico. The rest of the group cannot be faulted either. This has to be one of the most together performances anywhere, anytime. Wonderful!

Eddie Becton - All About Jazz-Los Angeles, Producer/Host - KXLU

This is one of the most powerful, emotion-laden live performances I've ever hear
Thanks to the Herculean efforts of Pepper’s widow, Laurie Pepper, this two-disc gem is comprised of previously unreleased material from a live Abashiri, Japan performance in 1981, not long before the saxophonist’s death.

Arguably, the most beautiful tune on either disc is the standard Body & Soul. Pepper pours his lyrical soul out on this track and reminds listeners why he was often considered one of jazz’s most passionate lyricists. As well, Cables’ solo is absolutely spellbinding and contributes to the tune’s passionate and emotional currents. At the tune’s conclusion, Pepper states, “That was one of the nicest things I think I’ve played in my life… “ Indeed, and the live audience shows its appreciation with a rousing applause that leaves Pepper and crew giddy with ebullient chuckling.

Pepper also pays tribute to one of his most favorite composers, pianist Thelonious Monk. Pepper, who long admired Monk masters a version of Rhythm-A-Ning. This spirited piece captures Monk’s mood thanks to yeoman’s work by George Cables on piano and a bombastic performance by Carl Burnett on drums.

Another well-done piece is the soothing yet fiery Besame Mucho where the band again demonstrates its penchant for cohesive harmony and perfectly executed lines. Hell, even the volcanic introduction is worth the price of admission.

This is not only a “must have” for its historical significance as being previously unreleased. But, even more important, this is a “must have” because it is simply Pepper at his best. Since this two-disc set is comprised of Volume 1 tunes, undoubtedly Pepper fans’ hearts will smile as they salivate at the notion of ensuing volumes.

David Baldwin

A great 2 CD Set
This must rate very high in a list of live recordings from Art, hope you put out Vol. 2 soon!

Jim Burpee

the best of Art
Having read the other reviews, there is nothing I could say that could come close to the praise for the combination of intelligence and soulfulness that this cd manifests. I have seen Art three times, twice in SF, and once in Minneapolis (where he autographed his autobiography: "be cool and enjoy, life is ending....Art Pepper). This recording proves his own assessment of himself: he was the greatest alto saxophonist of his time.
Laurie: please give us/me more. I am sorry for your loss, and happy for our gain in having this must have legacy. Peace and soul to you. Dig it!

Tim Beason

Intense Power
This is live jazz at its very best. Art is playing at the top of his game and his band is right behind him. He plays ballads such that you can feel the pain and he plays up tempo swing numbers (Like Red Car) where you can feel the thrill of an adrenelin rush. Highly recommended.


just blew me away
this is just an amazing cd,the music and sound just blew me away.i was the first person to order this cd and hope to be first to get vol 2 thank you laurie for keeping art and jazz alive.

Gerhard Forstinger

Highest Art
The ultimate version of Body and Soul! Hawkins would sing to it with wet eyes! Please, Laurie, give us more!!!


Outstanding! Looking forward to Volume 3!

Gilles Coquempot ( PARIS , FRANCE )

I just received this wonderful 2Cd's.I hope that the second volume will be quickly on sale.
In the name of all fans of Art, many thanks to you Laurie for this magnificent gift.
Great gig !!!
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