Art Pepper

Rediscoveries

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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.

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