Among the many gems from Art Pepper’s superlative discography is a January 19, 1957 studio date in which the altoist fronted a quartet featuring the rhythm section from Miles Davis’ first great quintet (1955-1957): pianist Red Garland, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Philly Joe Jones. Ten exquisite tracks were recorded in a period of just five hours, nine of which made their way onto the album Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section (Contemporary Records C-3532). Two compositions were written at the date: “Waltz Me Blues” and “Red Pepper Blues”. The other tracks consisted of versions of jazz standards. Art had never previously played with any of the members of The Rhythm Section, and never would again with the exception of Paul Chambers. The complete album The Art Pepper Quartet (Tampa Records RS-100), which fi nds Pepper again in a quartet format, has been added as a bonus.
ART PEPPER, alto sax RED GARLAND, piano PAUL CHAMBERS, bass PHILLY JOE JONES, drums
Los Angeles, January 19, 1957.
(*) BONUS ALBUM: THE ART PEPPER QUARTET (Tampa Records RS-100) ART PEPPER (as); RUSS FREEMAN (p); BEN TUCKER (b); GARY FROMMER (d). Hollywood, November 25, 1956.
01 YOU’D BE SO NICE TO COME HOME TO 02 RED PEPPER BLUES 03 IMAGINATION 04 WALTZ ME BLUES 05 STRAIGHT LIFE 06 JAZZ ME BLUES 07 TIN TIN DEO 08 STAR EYES 09 BIRKS WORKS 10 ART’S OPUS (*) 11 I SURRENDER DEAR (*) 12 DIANE (*) 13 PEPPER POT (*) 14 BÉSAME MUCHO (*) 15 BLUES AT TWILIGHT (*) 16 VAL’S PAL (*)