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


Review by “MPC PC” (amazon.com)

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.

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

Personnel:
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

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Art Pepper – New York Album {Analogue Productions}


Review by Andrew Bartlett (amazon.com)
After prison, after first shocking, then disappointing, and perhaps ultimately (and grimly) amusing the jazz world with enough dope-related hijinks to fill a book (as in Straight Life), alto saxist Art Pepper made a triumphant mid-1970s comeback. This 1979 session is rich with the fruits of Pepper’s return, a depth of playing that shows itself constantly throughout the New York Album’s five tunes. Pepper, as his widow, Laurie, notes in the liners, was always best when out to prove himself. Here, he’s out to show pianist Hank Jones, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Al Foster that he’s still a force to reckon with. “A Night in Tunisia” is fascinating, if a trifle straightly read, as is “Straight, No Chaser.” The best bits here, though, are Pepper’s yearning solo rendition of “Lover Man,” the piano-bass duo on “Duo Blues,” and the blazing, off-time take on “My Friend John,” one of the leader’s funkiest charts ever. This reissue of New York is additionally bolstered by terrific audiophile sound, the hallmark of Analogue Productions’ work in the jazz world.

Tracks:
01 – A Night in Tunisia
02 – Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be)
03 – Straight, No Chaser (alternate take)
04 – Duo Blues
05 – My Friend John

Personnel:
Art Pepper – alto saxophone
Hank Jones – piano (except on “Duo Blues”)
Ron Carter – bass (except on “Lover Man”)
Al Foster – drums (except on “Duo Blues” and “Lover Man”)

Recorded February 23, 1979 at Sound Ideas, NYC;
and May 26, 1979 at Kendum Recorders, Burbank, CA.

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork

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


Review by Thom Jurek (allmusic.com)

Shortly after Art Pepper’s death in 1982, JVC Records in Japan began issuing a series of titles of the great saxophonist’s performances in Japan. This set, recorded in 1979, was compiled from two different July performances and features the classic Pepper quartet with pianist George Cables, drummer Billy Higgins, and the great Tony Dumas on bass. Pepper played only alto on the dates, and these five tunes offer a portrait of the musician at the very top of his form and very inspired. There are three Pepper originals: “Red Car,” “Mambo de la Pinta,” and “The Trip,” all of which are over nine minutes, buffeted by the set’s lone ballad, “The Shadow of Your Smile,” and a smoking read of the title track. Only the ballad is on the short side, and the rest give Pepper the opportunity to really stretch himself and interact with Cables, whose fluid scalar approach to soloing, while invoking bop’s precision balanced by an abundant lyrical swing, was a perfect vehicle for the saxophonist’s intense melodic improvising. This is a welcome addition to the U.S. catalog for fans and a fantastic introduction to Pepper’s many gifts for the uninitiated.

Tracks:
01 – Red Car
02 – The Shadow of Your Smile
03 – The Trip
04 – Mambo de La Pinta
05 – Besame Mucho

Personnel:
Art Pepper – alto sax
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