A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.
This LP has AMAZING SOUND on both sides with each rating A+++ or something very close to it. This one has all the tubey magic of the best black label originals, without their bad vinyl and bloated bass. I get black label original Contemporary pressings in all the time, but few of them are mastered right and most never make it to the site. Some are pure muck. Some have bloated bass that is hard to believe. Don’t buy into that record collecting slash audiophile canard that Original Equals Better. It’s BS.
Records just don’t work that way, and anyone with two good ears, two good speakers and a decent-sized record collection should know better.
(The fact that relatively few audiophiles or record collectors understand these things is a sad commentary on the state of reproduction in the home. But that’s another story for another day.)
Side one is the (slightly) better of the two sides here. It’s open, sweet, musical and tonally correct from top to bottom. It doesn’t get any better than this folks! Side two falls just a tad behind, but not by much. Art’s sax is slightly more smeary and hard than on side one but overall we rate this side A++ – A+++, far better than any other copy you’re likely to come across.
Many consider this to be the best record Art Pepper ever made, along with Art Pepper + Eleven, and I agree completely. Recorded in 1957 by the legendary Roy DuNann, if you can look past the left-right hole-in-the-middle recording style you will hear some wonderful sound.
You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To
Red Pepper Blues
Waltz Me Blues
Jazz Me Blues
Tin Tin Deo
Widely accepted as a singular landmark in a career built of singular landmarks, Pepper said he felt as though this recording convinced him that emotion was the paramount impulse of jazz performance… The knowledge that they play all the songs for the first and only time together, in the order you hear them on the record, suggests a kind of jazz narrative genius on behalf of the man behind the plan, Contemporary president Les Koenig. A diamond of recorded jazz history.