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.

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Joe Henderson – Relaxin’ at Camarillo {Contemporary}[OJC]


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

Originally on Contemporary, this CD reissue teams the great tenor Joe Henderson with pianist Chick Corea, either Tony Dumas or Richard Davis on bass, and Peter Erskine or Tony Williams on drums. The repertoire includes two songs by Corea, Henderson’s “Y Todavia la Quiero,” the standard ballad “My One and Only Love,” and Charlie Parker’s “Relaxin’ at Camarillo.” This informal session has plenty of fine solos from the two principals and is recommended to fans of advanced hard bop.

Tracks:
01 – Y Todavia La Quiero
02 – My One and Only Love
03 – Crimson Lake
04 – Yes, My Dear
05 – Relaxin’ at Camarillo

Personnel:
Joe Henderson – tenor saxophone
Chick Corea – piano
Tony Dumas, Richard Davis – bass
Peter Erskine, Tony Williams – drums

Recorded at Contemporary Record Studio, Los Angeles; August 20 and December 29, 1979.

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Frank Morgan – Easy Living {Contemporary}[OJC]


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

After nearly 30 years off the scene, altoist Frank Morgan made a remarkable comeback. Despite his years in prison and obscurity, he had not lost anything in his playing; in fact, he had grown as an individual. Teamed with pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Tony Dumas and drummer Billy Higgins, Morgan (still just 51) digs into songs by Walton, McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter and Antonio Carlos Jobim that had not been written when he had last recorded; in addition, he plays versions of three standards that recall his main inspiration, Charlie Parker. Morgan’s improbable comeback after such a long period was fortunately permanent. This set (originally released by Contemporary) has been reissued on CD in the Original Jazz Classics series, and in addition to being a historic date, the music is excellent.

Tracks:
01 – Manha de Carnaval
02 – Yes and No
03 – Easy Living
04 – The Rubber Man
05 – Third Street Blues
06 – Three Flowers
07 – Embraceable You
08 – Now’s the Time

Personnel:
Frank Morgan – alto saxophone
Cedar Walton – piano
Tony Dumas – bass
Billy Higgins – drums

Recorded digitally at Monterey Sound Studio, Glendale, CA; June 12 and 13, 1985.

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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