Art Pepper – Saturday Night At The Village Vanguard – Reviewed in 2007

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Saturday Night At The Village Vanguard

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

This very nice looking Contemporary LP has pretty good sound and excellent music. We played all four volumes of Art Pepper’s Village Vanguard series recently, and this copy was our favorite of the bunch. It features an intense live version of Pepper’s tune The Trip, from the wonderful album of the same title, as well as extended versions of the tunes You Go To My Head and Cherokee. 

This album features the great Elvin Jones on drums, plus Geoge Cables on piano and George Mraz on bass.

AMG Review

The great altoist was clearly excited to be playing at the famous New York club, and his rhythm section — pianist George Cables, bassist George Mraz and drummer Elvin Jones — consistently stimulates his imagination.