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Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section (Remastered)

Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section (Remastered)

27 Oct 2013

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  • Original Release Date: 27 Oct 2013
  • Label: AVID Entertainment
  • Copyright: (c) 2008 AVID Entertainment
  • Total Length: 43:56
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  • ASIN: B00GM7EKGA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,788 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Saxmonkey on 16 April 2007
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This is arguably the best recording of one of the greatest alto players that ever lived. Don't take my word for it, countless Down Beat magazine Polls, musicians of the calibre of Marty Paich and Sonny Stitt will testify to this.

Art was from LA, and from humble beginnings. He played with Benny Carter's and Stan Kenton's Big Bands from an early age. He struggled throughout his relatively short life with drugs and drink. He was in and out of prison. Most of the 60's was wasted musically through these other activities.

Art was slightly different to other "cool" west coast players in that he played with a high degree of emotional intensity. He always committed himself totally to a performance, and it shows.

Art had the most wonderful tone, it can make you cry one minute, and have you on the edge of your seat the next. His melody lines were inventive (he admits he didn't remember half the tunes on this session, so he weaved his way in and out of the melody)

This session consists of the Miles Davis rhythm section, serious players from the East Coast. His then wife kept this recording date a secret from him, as he was a mess at the time and she felt he couldn't cope with the pressure. He turned up totally unprepared, he had to use a plaster to repair the cork on his alto.

Despite these problems they produced a true classic. Listen to the way he develops the ballad "Imagination", his playing always rhythmical, yet full of emotion.

"Straight Life" is his signature tune, a fast bebop number, sinewy and melodic. He has recorded this many times, and I would say this is the best.

There is not one weak track on this CD. It is an essential purchase for any jazz fan. Forget the West Coast stereotyping, this stuff is pure magic.

I would say one of the top 10 jazz recordings of all time..... not many would disagree.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Soluble on 22 Aug 2011
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This album is one of Pepper's masterworks. Astonishingly, Pepper didn't find out about the session until the morning of the recording, and his saxophone was reportedly in a poor state, with some of the stops taped up. The Rhythm Section in question is of course Miles Davis' regular band of the time, and they put on a predictably excellent show, despite not meeting Art until the day of the recording. Indeed, Paul Chambers on bass is on exceptionally fine form.

Pepper of course displays the influence of fellow alto-ist, Charlie Parker, who had died earlier in the decade, but who still exerted a huge influence. Pepper, though, developed his own style from that foundation, and by 1957 - when this album was recorded - was associated with the West Coast movement. He recorded a run of excellent albums at this time for Lester Koenig's Contemporary Records, of which "Meets the Rhythm Section" is recognised as the finest.

Along with Winter Moon, (recorded towards the end of his sadly foreshortened life), it is a pinnacle of his career, and regularly features in the charts of the top all time greatest jazz albums, selected by fans and critics alike. The album has three originals by the band and Pepper, which are bewitching and belie their hasty birth. The rest of the tracks are standards, although according to legend Pepper had not previously heard several of these. This is certainly not apparent. Pepper's treatment of Dizzy Gillespie's Birks Works is particularly striking, and for me the best track of the session.

If you are looking for a place to start exploring Art Pepper, there could be no better introduction. If you want a library featuring the best of 1950s jazz, then you will want this record.
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By B. Fields on 31 Oct 2014
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A mellow and inventive player. The sound doesn't suffer from the age of the recording - it's big and feels as if the ensemble is in the room with you. If it were I would advise Art to have taken more care of his life. Sad life but happy music. Each player sounds easy and expert and all take their share in providing the pleasure.
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terrific. I enjoyed every note. Art Pepper is of course wonderful; but his interaction with the group brings magic into the air. Wouldn't want to miss this for the world, Excellent.
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By Mr.J F Robinson on 12 Nov 2012
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Like most Jazz from this period it is tightly knit and fast paced. Good quality sound as well. Well done,
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