Art Pepper

The Artistry of Pepper (772252 LP)

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The Artistry of Pepper

Art Pepper

Waxtime

8436559465229

LPS 155863

772252 LP

JAZZ

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LP 12,39 €

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The Artistry of Pepper presents the saxophonist in a variety of settings. It was issued in 1962 after Pepper entered prison to serve the longest drug-related sentence of his life. He had already spent nearly two years in prison (between 1953 and 1954), alternating between the Los Angeles prison and the Forth Worth hospital, when he was arrested again at the end of 1960. Because he was mistakenly believed to be part of a large drug-dealing operation, he was given a long sentence and taken to San Quentin. Pepper described the circumstances of his arrest in his autobiography: “At myrraignment my bail had been set at one hundred thousand dollars. The DA’s office gave a speech. They said I was involved in a huge network of dope dealers and I was dealing to Hollywood and the near valley. I was reputed to be a big gangster in a narcotics ring. The people I was scoring from were big people, but I was just buying from them. I wasn’t dealing at all at the time. The judge finally said, ‘Well, what was found on the suspe?’ They said, ‘Oh, that’s inconsequential. That has no bearing on the case’. The judge said, ‘How much was it?’ And the guy said, ‘Two quarter ounces, a half ounce total’. They recommended that bail be set at a hundred thousand because they didn’t want me to get out and inform the rest of the ‘gang’. They said they had things in the works; everything was set up; they had people under surveillance. The judge went along with them, and they put me back in jail. When I went to my preliminary hearing the judge said to the DA, ‘Well, where’s this gang and all the things you were going to tie in?’ He realized that it was all bullshit but he wouldn’t lower the bail to fifteen hundred dollars, which is what the public defender asked for. He put it to five thousand, and I still couldn’t get out.”

PERSONNEL:

ART PEPPER, alto sax
On all tracks, plus:

A1-A4:
BILL PERKINS, tenor saxo
JIMMY ROWLES, piano
BEN TUCKER, bass
MEL LEWIS, drums

Recorded in Los Angeles, December 11, 1956.

A5-A6, B1 & B4:
DON FAGERQUIST, trumpet
STU WILLIAMSON, valve trombone
RED CALLENDER, tuba
BILL HOLMAN, tenor sax
BUD SHANK, baritone
RUSS FREEMAN, piano
MONTY BUDWIG, bass
HELLY MANNE, drums
SHORTY ROGERS, arrengement, direction

Recorded in Hollywood, CA, August 12, 1957.

B2-B3:
PETE JOLLY, piano
LEROY VINNEGAR, bass
STAN LEVEY, drums

Recorded in The Forum Theatre, Los Angeles, July 26, 1956.

B5:
CHET BAKER, trumpet
PHIL URSO, tenor sax
CARL PERKINS, piano
CURTIS COUNCE, bass

Recorded in Hollywood, November 20, 1956.

All original sessions produced by Richard Bock.

TRACK LISTING:

SIDE A:

01. What Is This Thing Called Love
02. A Foggy Day
03. Diana Flow
04. Zenobia
05. Didi
06. Powder Puff

SIDE B:

07. Popo
08. I Can’T Give You Anything But Love
09. Old Croix
10. Bunny
11. C.T.A.