Richie Cole

A Piece of Jazz History

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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

Altoists Richie Cole and Art Pepper only played together once; for this recording date in 1982. Teamed together by producer-writer Herb Wong, they inspire each other, being both competitive and complementary. Cole plays baritone on two selections (he should play it more often), sounding quite exuberant, and he switches to tenor on "A & R." Pepper plays a bit of clarinet in addition to his alto. Backed by a powerhouse rhythm section that includes pianist Roger Kellaway, the two saxophonists perform three Cole originals, Pepper's "Art Opus #2" and "Broadway." Cole takes "Things We Did Last Summer" as a ballad feature. This CD reissue of a Palo Alto LP (which lives up to its name) adds a brief alternate version of "Art's Opus #2."

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