On one side, former Kenton ensemble player works his way up the 1950s cool/bop divide, comfortable in either realm while beholden to neither. On the other side, battle-scarred veteran makes his peace with New Thing changes while emerging as last West Coast vet standing. These are simplifications, of course - as overly tidy as anointing Pepper another Bird acolyte. To the extent that most post-war/pre-free saxophone players were Bird acolytes, Pepper fit the description. But as Smack Up, his quasi-conceptual studio session for Contemporary, makes clear, the horn man was nobody’s mere apostle
The title of this recording, Smack Up is ironic and inadvertently truthful. Within a short period, Art Pepper would begin spending many years in jail due to his heroin addiction; this was his next-to-last album from that period. Despite the bleak future, the great altoist (who never seemed to make an uninspired record during his unstable life) is in excellent form in a quintet with trumpeter Jack Sheldon, pianist Pete Jolly, bassist Jimmy Bond, and drummer Frank Butler. Highlights of this fine album include Harold Land's title cut, the five/four blues "Las Cuevas de Mario," and.
Album · 1959 · 6 Songs. More By Art Pepper Quintet. See All. Smack Up. 1959. Live at Donte's, 1968.
Smack Up. Исполнитель. Art Pepper - The Classy Catalogue Recordings Series. UMG, The Orchard Music (от лица компании "Classy Catalogue Recordings"); CMRRA, Bicycle Music Co. (Publishing)" и другие авторские общества (3).
How Can You Lose, 06:51. Maybe Next Year, 04:21. Solid Citizens (Take 33), 06:29. Solid Citizens (Take 37), 06:28.