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Art of the Ballad Series

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  • Audio CD (19 May 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Prestige
  • ASIN: B000006NQF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,815 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Winter MoonArt Pepper 5:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Body And Soul (Album Version)Art Pepper 5:160.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Maybe Next Year (Album Version)Art Pepper Quintet 4:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Blues In The NightArt Pepper 6:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. 'Round Midnight (Album Version)Art Pepper 3:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Imagination (Album Version)Art Pepper 5:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Over The Rainbow (Album Version)Art Pepper 6:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Why Are We Afraid? (Album Version)Art Pepper 3:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. All The Things You Are (Album Version)Art Pepper 6:330.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Come Rain Or Come Shine (Album Version)Art Pepper 4:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. You Go To My HeadArt Pepper11:42Album Only

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. Alderson on 5 Dec 2008
Format: Audio CD
I have heard many Art Pepper albums, and I have heard him in concert, but some of these tracks are new to me and the whole album is very moving. If you like Art Pepper and you like ballads,look no further
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Catanach on 21 Jan 2010
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This is just beautiful, the master of the jazz alto saxophone at his wonderful best. If you're an alto fan - Paul Desmond, Johnny Hodges et al this will add a new dimension to your appreciation, The Art of the Ballad, awful pun but it does exactly what it says on the tin!
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Vintage West Coast Jazz in The Art Pepper Tradition 24 July 2011
By Richard C. Ferris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
"The Art of The Ballad", is a jazz series released by Fantasy /Prestige records. Each release is dedicated to a major artist, e.g.,Thelonious Monk,Kenny Dorham, Chet Baker, Dexter Gordon etc. and focuses on the musician's ballad interpretations. The materials for these releases are sourced from the artist's previously released albums. These compilations serve as a valuable introduction to the performer's recording legacy.

The Art Pepper 1998 release is comprised of 11 tracks, totaling 67 minutes. Five selections were recorded for Galaxy records between 1977 and 1982.They represent Art's most current work given his passing on 15 June 1982.The musical chemistry between Art and George Cables (piano) is simply inspiring. A musical symbiosis exists that allows these artists to weave musical tapestry with selections, such as, "Body & Soul", "Over the Rainbow" and "You Go to My Head".

Art was the master of the alto sax and used it to perfect effect on these ballads. He was equally talented on clarinet but tended to limit his recordings with this instrument. Fortunately,one of his clarinet performances is included in this package. "Blues in The Night", recorded in 1980, should motivate listeners to explore his other clarinet work.

Also included are two tracks Art recorded with separate versions of Miles Davis' rhythm sections. "Imagination", recorded in 1957 includes Red Garland, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones. "Why are We Afraid?", recorded in 1960, includes Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb. Needless to say, these sessions are nothing short of jazz classics.

Some early works recorded in the late fifties are also included."Round Midnight "recorded in 1959 with a large 11 piece ensemble and conducted by the legendary Marty Paich,proves particularly rewarding. Equally worthwhile,is the Kern / Hammerstein composition "All the Things You Are" recorded in 1956.

The 1998 remastering by Joe Tarantino provides a significant contribution to the audio quality. The comprehensive liner notes, recording dates & session musician identification add to a high quality CD release. The original albums used to source the 11 selections are also documented and prove invaluable for those wishing to explore additional material.

Art Pepper was a gifted alto sax and clarinet performer. He had many dimensions to his live and recorded work. It's remarkable what he was able to creatively achieve given his severe life long health challenges and legal problems. This CD is a great introduction to a complex and extremely talented jazz legend.
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Discover Art Pepper! 24 Sep 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you like the Sax, you will be very turned on by this CD. Art explores the inner moods of these ballads with tremendous feeling. His technical excellence is apparent but never calls attention to itself. Mainly, one hears the deep musical ideas and intimate connection between art and his companions.
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oh how relaxing this is 15 April 2014
By Gianna - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
i love this album never heard of him before was reading a book and his name kept coming up in the book so i said i wonder if this guy is real and sure enough he was. so i thought i'd take a chance and buy this and i'm not sorry i did.
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Love it 8 July 2013
By Eva - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Very nice CD. Just got introduced to Art Pepper and love his music! Very relaxing, poetic and imaginative. I would recommend this CD to any jazz lover.
Art Pepper yes..Heavy production no. 16 July 2013
By P. Salmon - Published on Amazon.com
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Just too heavy on the production and instrumentation. Give me the great Art Pepper quintet and leave the rest behind.
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