A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.
Baker Bigsby, one of our favorite engineers, recorded about half the album at Kendun right here in LA, specifically the songs Blues For Blanche, So In Love and Stardust. Is there a difference in the sound of those tracks compared to the others on the album? We’ll leave that little game to be played by those of you who are so inclined.
On the most talented veteran jazz players were invited to play on these sessions, the likes of:
Charlie Haden (tracks: A2, A3, B2) and Ron Carter (tracks: A1, B1) on bass;
Al Foster (tracks: A1, B1) and Billy Higgins (tracks: A2, A3, B2) on drums, and, finally;
George Cables (tracks: A2, A3, B2) and Hank Jones (tracks: A1, B1) on piano
Straight No Chaser
Blues For Blanche
So In Love
This deluxe release from the classy (but long defunct) Artists House label, as with all of Art Pepper’s recordings of his comeback years, is easily recommended.
The original LP has lengthy versions of “So in Love,” “Stardust,” “Straight No Chaser” and two Pepper originals (“Diane” and “Blues for Blanche”).
Assisted by two equally talented rhythm sections (pianists Hank Jones and George Cables, bassists Ron Carter and Charlie Haden, and drummers Al Foster and Billy Higgins), Pepper is in excellent form throughout the album, giving these songs heart-wrenching interpretations.