Art Pepper Quartet

Val's Pal

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The music on this V.S.O.P. CD, which originally came out on the obsolete Tampa label in the 1950s, has since been reissued by Fantasy in its OJC series. Altoist Art Pepper, who is assisted by pianist Russ Freeman, bassist Ben Tucker and drummer Gary Frommer, is in excellent form during the 41 or so minutes. The seven selections are augmented by five alternate takes. Although not an essential release, these versions of "Diane," "Pepper Pot" and "Besame Mucho" (the latter a song that Art would perform frequently in the late '70s) are somewhat memorable.

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