Art Pepper – Landscape “Live in Tokyo ’79” {JVC}[xrcd]

Review by “MPC PC” (

I’ve had this album in vinyl since it came out, roughly 20 years ago. It’s one of Art Pepper’s strongest live recordings (from Japan) from the latter part of his career. Most memorable for me are “Over the Rainbow,” and the title cut, the driving “Landscape.” Great stuff! I highly recommend it.

01 – True Blues
02 – Sometime
03 – Landscape
04 – Avalon
05 – Over the Rainbow
06 – Straight Life

Art Pepper – alto sax, clarinet
George Cables – piano
Tony Dumas – bass
Billy Higgins – drums

Recorded in performance at Shiba Yubin Chokin Hall, Tokyo; July 16 and 23, 1979.

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork

George Shearing in Dixieland {Concord}

From the album’s original liner notes by Leonard Feather:

…Perhaps I may be a little biased, but it seems to me, after a half century of friendship and admiration, that George Shearing today is playing with more elan, more conviction and greater virtuosic variety than ever. If you are a little surprised to find a traditionally oriented recording by the pianist who, on arriving in New York, promptly devoted this time to the promulgation of bebop, be prepared for a surprise. Shearing in Dixieland is not a contradiction in terms or themes or times. It’s just a damned good musical outing with a group of good companions who are glad to be along.

01 – Clap Your Hands
02 – Mighty Like the Blues
03 – Truckin’
04 – Fascinating Rhythm
05 – Destination Moon
06 – New Orleans
07 – Soon
08 – Take Five
09 – Lullaby of Birdland
10 – Jazz Me Blues
11 – Blue Monk
12 – Desafinado
13 – Honeysuckle Rose
14 – Alice in Dixieland

George Shearing – piano
Kenny Davern – clarinet
Jerry Fuller – drums
George Masso – trombone
Ken Peplowski – tenor saxophone
Neil Swainson – bass
Warren Vache – cornet

Recorded & remixed at A&R Recording Studios, New York; February 1989.

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork