Saturday, May 20, 2017

Chet Baker & Art Pepper - Complete Playboys Sessions

This 2012 disc gathers all known sides cut during a July 26, 1956 confab led by West Coast cool purveyors Chet Baker (trumpet) and Art Pepper (alto sax). Keen-eyed enthusiasts will note that this particular date occurred during a remarkable week — July 23 through July 31 of sessions held at the behest of Pacific Jazz label owner and producer Dick Bock at the Forum Theater in Los Angeles. Recordings made during this week not only inform The Route, but three other long-players as well : Let's Get Lost, Chet Baker & Crew, and At the Forum Theater. These were likewise the first sides cut by Baker since returning from his triumphant and extended stay in Europe. The Route compiles all 11 tracks by the sextet featuring Richie Kamuca (tenor sax), Pete Jolly (piano), Leroy Vinnegar (bass), and Stan Levey (drums) in support of Baker and Pepper. Bock had no immediate plans to use these recordings for any one album, that is to say he incorporated the titles throughout various compiles released on Pacific Jazz. Three months later, however, Baker and Pepper did record with a completely different personnel for the expressed purpose of creating what would become known as Playboys and alternately Picture of Heath. Perhaps encouraged by the swinging interaction on Pepper's "Tynan Time" and "Minor Yours," both cuts were featured at this get-together as well as during the Picture of Heath collaboration. There are a few unexpected moments of sheer brilliance spread throughout, such as the Baker penned title composition, which contains supple and nicely contrasting solos from Kamuca and Vinnegar — whose solid pendulum accurately swings all through this collection. Complete Playboys Sessions 1956 is recommended for completists as well as curious consumers wishing to expand their knowledge of the light and airy rhythms that typify the cool West Coast jazz scene of the mid-'50s.
Lindsay Planer

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Chet Baker
Art Pepper
Complete Playboys


1 For Minors Only (Heath)  4:02
2 Minor Yours (Pepper)  6:44
3 Resonant Emotions (Heath)  5:42
4 Tynan Tyme (Pepper)  5:32
5 Picture of Heath (Heath)  6:45
6 For Miles and Miles (Heath)  6:26
7 C.T.A. (Heath)  5:14
8 Tyan Time (Pepper)  6:19
9 Little Girl (Hyde)  4:17
10 Minor Yours (Pepper)  7:14
11 Sonny Boy (Jolson, DeSylva, Henderson, Brown)  3:57
12 The Route (Baker, Pepper, Kamuca)  5:04


[# 1-7]
Chet Baker - tp
Art Pepper - as
Phil Urso - ts
Carl Perkins - p
Curtis Counce - b
Lawrence Marable - dr
Recorded at Radio Recorders, Los Angeles, California ; November 20 & 21, 1956
[# 8-12]
Chet Baker - tp
Art Pepper - as
Richie Kamuca - ts
Pete Jolly - p
Leroy Vinnegar - b
Stan Levey - dr
Recorded at the Forum Theatre, Los Angeles, California ; July 26 & 28, 1956


CrunchyFrog said...

wonderful share - first time I have heard this - thanks so much Mel!

drizzz said...

Great music, it's good to have it all in one place, Baker's Pacific Jazz sessions can be hard to keep track of. Thank you!

jose arboleda said...

Muchas Gracias

Mary said...

Sorry, I can't download it, what is the password? Thanks in advance

kike said...

Thanks Mel for sharing this one on Pepper & Chet.

Melanchthon said...

Starchild said...

Many thanks Mel!

deGallo said...

Thank you.

Kovina Kris said...

This is a nice upgrade to my lossy version. I can't let that album cover go without at least mentioning it. Weird and sexy at the same time, that's a puppet show I wouldn't mind seeing. Thank you Mel!

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you Mel!!!

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!