Art Pepper - Complete 1947-1951 Small Group Recordings (2001)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 173.12 Mb | 44:31 | Covers
Cool, West Coast Jazz | Country: USA | Label: Definitive Records (DRCD11217)
Since the 1979 publication of Straight Life, Art Pepper's ironically titled autobiography, the late saxophonist has been as well-known for his sociopathic tendencies as for his body of creative work. Thanks to a lifelong drug addiction that he never completely put behind him, Pepper spent most of his adult life in prison. In the years before and after his various incarcerations, however, he would pick up the alto and create great jazz with an originality that placed him on a level with the music's elite. Complete 1947-1951 Small Group Studio Recordings features a relatively callow, twentysomething Pepper before his flaws brought him down, in the company of various members of the Stan Kenton band and other well-known West Coast jazz musicians of the late '40s and early '50s.