Sunday, August 2, 2009


Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section is a 1957 jazz album by saxophonist Art Pepper playing with Red Garland, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones, who at the time were the rhythm section for Miles Davis's quintet.

According to legend, the album was recorded under enormous pressure: Pepper first learnt of it on the morning of the recording session, had never met the other musicians (though he admired them all), hadn't played for two weeks (according to the liner notes) or six months (according to Pepper's autobiography Straight Life), was playing on an instrument in a bad state of repair, and was suffering from a drug problem. (This story is clearly unreliable: the discography in Straight Life reveals, for instance, that he had recorded many sessions in the previous weeks, including one just five days before.) Whatever the truth of the recording's circumstances, it is considered a milestone in Pepper's career, and launched a series of albums for Les Koenig's Contemporary label which remain the cornerstone of Pepper's recorded work.


marram62 said...

Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section
Studio album by Art Pepper
Released 1957
Recorded 19 January 1957
Genre Jazz
Length 43:38
Label Contemporary/OJC
Producer Lester Koenig
Professional reviews

* Allmusic 5/5 stars link
* All About Jazz (2 October 2002)

* Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD. 4th Ed. 4/4 stars

Track listing

1. "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" (Cole Porter) –5:30
2. "Red Pepper Blues" (Red Garland) –3:39
3. "Imagination" (Johnny Burke–Jimmy Van Heusen) –5:56
4. "Waltz Me Blues" (Paul Chambers–Art Pepper) –2:58
5. "Straight Life" (Art Pepper) –4:02
6. "Jazz Me Blues" (Delaney) –4:50
7. "Tin Tin Deo" (Fuller–Pozo) –7:42
8. "Star Eyes" (DePaul–Raye) –5:12
9. "Birks Works" (Dizzy Gillespie) –4:15

(Recorded on 19 January 1957.)


* Art Pepper — alto saxophone
* Red Garland — piano
* Paul Chambers — bass
* Philly Joe Jones — drums

Anonymous said...

Hey, any chance you could re-up this one? I just read Terry Castle's great article on Pepper's autobiography, in which she raves about this album. I'd never heard of it. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

repost bro! speed dude!