Complete Playboys Sessions 1956
Fresh Sound Records
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In the summer of 1956, the Los Angeles jazz scene was in for a treat with the comebacks of two of its local heroes, Chet Baker & Art Pepper, who had been long absent for very different reasons. The good impression Chet made on his European tour had brought him a lot of artistic recognition. His trumpet playing was more authoritative and Baker himsself appeared much more mature, no longer the « young man with a horn » but a musician now full of newmusical ideas. Art Pepper’s comeback, after a long, drug-related incarceration, created a tremendous stir of excitement among jazz fans and musicians alike. Very soon, everyone agrred that «Pepper actually sounded better since his return ».
Chet and Art were at their creative best back then, and these two sessions are the only recorded examples of both jazzmen playing together in the front line of a small group. These sides are a high point in their extensive discographie, and we have prodicer Dick Bock to thank for them.
1. Tynan Time (Art Pepper) 6:19
2. Little Girl (Henry Hyde) 4:16
3. Minor Yours (Art Pepper) 7:12
4. Sonny Boy (Jolson-DeSylva-Henderson-Brown) 3:56
5. The Route (Baker-Pepper-Kamuca) 5:04
6. For Minors Only (Jimmy Heath) 5:41
7. Minors Yours (Art Pepper) 6:41
8. Resonant Emotion (Jimmy Heath) 5:41
9. Tynan Time (Art Pepper) 5:31
10. Oicture Of Heath (Jimmy Heath) 6:43
11. For Miles And Miles (Jimmy Heath) 6:24
12. C.T.A (Jimmy Heath) 5:11
# 1-5 : Chet Baker (tp), Art Pepper (as), Rchie kamuca (ts), Pete Joly (p), Leroy Vinnegar (b), Stan Levey (d). Arrangements by Art Pepper (1,3), and Jonny Mandel (2,4). Los Angeles, Forum Theatre, July 26 & 28, 1956.
# 6-12 : Chet Baker (tp), Art Pepper (as), Phil Urso (ts), Carl Perkins (p), Curtis Counce (b), Lawrence Marable (d). Arrengements by Art Pepper (7,9), and Jimmy Heath (6,8,10,11,12). Los Angeles, Radio Recorders, November 20 & 21, 1956.
NOTE : APART FROM THIS CD BEING THE ONLY COMPREHENSIVEELY UNIFIED RELEASE OF THE CELEBRATED CHET BAKER – ART PEPPER « PAYBOYS » COLLABORATIONS, IT IS PARTICULARLY NOTEWORTHY THAT, FOR FIRST TIME, THE FULL HISTORY OF THESE RECORDING, INCLUING THE CORRECT DATES ON WHICH THEY WERE MADE, IS REVEALED IN THE INSIDE LINER NOTES FOR THIS ALBUM.