Art Pepper – Meets The Rhythm Section
Art Pepper was an American alto saxophonist and very occasional tenor saxophonist and clarinetist. A longtime figure in West Coast jazz, he was known for his emotionally charged performances and several stylistic shifts throughout his career, and by the 1950s he was recognized as one of the leading alto saxophonists in jazz along with Charlie Parker. His career was repeatedly interrupted by several prison stints stemming from his addiction to heroin, but Pepper managed to have several memorable and productive “comebacks”. Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section is a 1957 jazz album with Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones, who at the time were the rhythm section for Miles Davis’s quintet. The album is considered a milestone in Pepper’s career. According to him, the album was recorded under enormous pressure, as he first learned of the recording session the morning he was due in the studio, and he had never met the other musicians, all of whom he greatly admired. The Penguin Jazz Guide described Meets the Rhythm Section as “a poetic, burning date, with all four men playing above themselves…. Between them, they’d delivered a masterpiece”.
180 gram Audiophile Vinyl
Deluxe Gatefold Sleece, Limited Edition
Label: Jazz Images
Cat. # 37103