Art Pepper


  • AllMusic Rating
  • User Ratings (0)
  • Your Rating

AllMusic Review by

This valuable Savoy LP, put out by Muse in 1986, has 14 previously unissued alternate takes taken from two Art Pepper sessions. The great altoist is heard with a quiet West Coast trio (pianist Russ Freeman, bassist Bob Whitlock and drummer Bobby White) and with a quintet co-starring tenor saxophonist Jack Montrose. The Pepper-Montrose matchup is particularly exciting but Pepper is actually in fine form on all of the performances; it is difficult to believe that these were all rejected takes. The remainder of the two productive sessions were released on a two-LP set around the same period titled Discoveries, and most of this music (particularly the alternate takes) has not been reissued on CD yet.

blue highlight denotes track pick