Thursday, January 5, 2017

Modern Art (The Complete Art Pepper Aladdin Recordings, vol. 2)

This album, recorded in 1956 and 1957, is the second part of a two-volume set released by Aladdin Records, comprising the saxophonist's full body of recorded material for this label. Combining bebop with West Coast cool, Modern Art documents memorable performances of standards, including the luscious ballad "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," and the steamy "Summertime." Pepper's version of this latter track is replete with a thick, almost haunting, reverb effect. Other standouts are the stripped-down versions of "Blues In" and "Blue Out," two tunes that feature Pepper's lamenting sax as it soliloquizes over a simple walking bass line. Art Pepper was one of the world's greatest alto saxophonists. Though firmly rooted in the jazz tradition, Pepper possessed a strongly unique sensibility, and his career ups and downs (largely due to drug addiction) never seemed to affect his ability to play with precision, clarity, and insight. 

Source :

Art Pepper
Modern Art
(The Complete Art Pepper Aladdin Recordings, vol. 2)


1 Blues In (Pepper)  6:02
2 Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (Hart, Rodgers)  4:28
3 Stompin' at the Savoy (Goodman, Razaf, Sampson, Webb)  5:04
4 What Is This Thing Called Love ? (Porter)  6:00
5 Blues Out (Pepper)  4:46
6 When You're Smiling (Fisher, Goodwin, Shay)  4:52
7 Cool Bunny (Pepper)  4:15
8 Diane's Dilemma (Pepper)  3:46
9 Diane's Dilemma [alt. take] (Pepper)  4:54
10 Summertime (Gershwin, Gershwin, Heyward)  7:26
11 Fascinating Rhythm [alt. take] (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:02
12 Begin the Beguine [alt. take] (Porter)  6:17
13 Webb City [alt. take] (Powell)  4:35

[# 1-10]
Art Pepper - as
Russ Freeman - p
Ben Tucker - b
Chuck Flores - dr
Recorded at Radio Recorders, Los Angeles ; December 28, 1956 [# 1-5] ; & at Master Recorder, Los Angeles ; January 14, 1957 [# 6-10]
[# 11-13]
Same as above, except
Carl Perkins - p, replaces Freeman
Recorded at Audio Arts, Los Angeles ; April 1, 1957


fcapeau said...

Great Stuff !

jose arboleda said...

muchas gracias

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rowland said...

Thanks a lot.

Praveen Kumar said...

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Anonymous said...

Hi Mel, can you post a new link for this album when you return from the holiday break? Thank you!

Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Thank you.

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks a lot Mel for this great album.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very much!

Historicus said...

Thanks alot, magnificient!

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you very much Mel!