Art Pepper records ‘Art Pepper meets The Rhythm Section’ with Red Garland, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones (1957)

‘Art Pepper meets The Rhythm Section’ is an album recorded on January 19, 1957 with Red Garland, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones and released the same year by Contemporary.

Track Listing : 1.You’D Be So Nice To Come Home To (Cole Porter) – 05:25 . 2.Red Pepper Blues (Red Garland) – 03:37 . 3.Imagination (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 05:52 . 4.Waltz Me Blues (Paul Chambers, Art Pepper) – 02:56 . 5.Straight Life (Art Pepper) – 03:59 . 6.Jazz Me Blues (Tom Delaney) – 04:47 . 7.Tin Tin Deo (Gil Fuller, Chano Pozo) – 07:42 . 8.Star Eyes (Gene De Paul, Don Raye) – 05:12 . 9.Birks’ Works (Dizzy Gillespie) – 04:17

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Musicians : Art Pepper – Alto Saxophone . Red Garland – Piano . Paul Chambers – Bass . Philly Joe Jones – Drums

Production : Produced By Lester Koenig Roy Dunann – Engineer . Bernie Grundman – Mastering . Alan Yoshida – Mastering

Package : William Claxton asterisques RVM – Photography . Lester Koenig – Liner Notes

Recorded On January 19, 1957.

Released In 1957 By Contemporary.


The song that became something of a theme for Pepper, “Straight Life,” is presented here for the first time. This is a wild tune, with the saxist blowing furiously in a post-Bop style that was completely anathema to West Coast cool jazz. The Rhythm Section responds in a big way, with each player rotating solos throughout the track. […]

The Vinyl District
It falls into the category of LP that a certain breed of jazz fan will reliably get all worked up and frothy over, their emotional zone aptly described as maniacally canonical. And sometimes this tendency can agitate my contrarian side, but in this case, no. […]

All About Jazz
Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section is one of those singular events that can only occur in a blaze like reading King Lear by a lightning flash. […]


‘Art Pepper meets The Rhythm Section’ on RVM [Radio.Video.Music]


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