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INCLUDES 1 BONUS TRACK
"California Hard" is a true example of the exciting things that transpire when hard bop pianist Dolo Coker gets together with some of his favorite playmates of the West Coast world. This recording session brings back for the first time in many years Art Pepper as a sideman. The title California Hard was very intentional on the part of both Coker and Schlitten. It instantly distinguishes this assertively swinging music from the more relaxed “West Coast Cool” sound of Chet Baker, Chico Hamilton, Gerry Mulligan and Dave Brubeck that had captured the imagination of jazz record buyers during the 1950s.
DOLO COKER, piano
BLUE MITCHELL, trumpet & flugelhorn
ART PEPPER, alto & tenor saxophone
LEROY VINNEGAR, bass
FRANK BUTLER, drums
Venice, California, December 27, 1976.
01. Jumping Jacks
02. Gone With The Wind
03. Roots 4FB
04. Mr. Yohe
05. Gone Again
06. Tale Of Two Cities
07. ‘Round Midnight *
*Bonus Track (From the same session but not included on the original LP)