Monday, January 9, 2017

The Return of Art Pepper (Complete Aladdin Rec., vol. 1)

Blue Note's The Return of Art Pepper: The Complete Art Pepper Aladdin Recordings compiles the 13 final masters that the alto saxophonist recorded for Aladdin between August 1956 and January 1957. These are titled The Return of Art Pepper, since they were recorded shortly after he completed a jail sentence in 1956. As a result, Pepper's chops are a little rusty, but you can hear that he still has a passion for playing, and he does improve over the course of these tracks. For serious Pepper fans, it's worth a listen, but for less dedicated fans, there are better places to become acquainted with his work.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Source :

The Return of
Art Pepper
(The Complete Aladdin Recordings, vol. 1)


1 Pepper Returns (Pepper)  4:26
2 Broadway (Brown, DeSylva, Henderson)  4:56
3 You Go to My Head (Coots, Gillespie)  4:15
4 Angel Wings (Pepper)  4:40
5 Funny Blues (Pepper)  4:36
6 Five More (Pepper)  4:37
7 Minority (Pepper)  4:17
8 Patricia (Pepper)  3:33
9 Mambo de la Pinta (Pepper)  4:15
10 Walkin' Out Blues (Pepper)  5:52
11 Pepper Steak (Pepper)  3:47
12 You're Driving Me Crazy (Donaldson)  5:05
13 Tenor Blooz (Pepper)  4:55
14 Yardbird Suite (Parker)  5:44
15 Straight Life (Pepper)  3:24


[# 1-10]
Art Pepper - as
Jack Sheldon - tp
Russ Freeman - p
Leroy Vinnegar - b
Shelly Manne - dr
Recorded at Capitol Studios, Los Angeles ; August, 1956
[# 11-15]
Art Pepper - as & ts
Red Norvo - vb
Gerald Wiggins - p
Ben Tucker - b
Joe Morello - dr
Recorded at Western Recorders, Los Angeles ; January 3, 1957


glinka21 said...

He was one of the greats, technically, creatively, and expressively. He's missed.

fcapeau said...

Great stuff ! We all love him ...

pedro gamundi said...


rowland said...

Thanks a lot..

Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank you.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very art

DEEP said...

Take not of the bandage over his right hand. That was to heal tracks from needle marks from shooting up. The original cover exposes it more since the type print on this release partially obscures it.

crispi said...

wow, never noticed that

DEEP said...

Yup....he was so strung out that he had no veins left to shoot in his arms or even his legs. He was resorting to shooing in the veins on the back of his hand. This re-release has the print on the cover obscuring the right hand to a degree.

DEEP said...

Maybe Melvin could post a picture of the original Lp. I'm sure he has it.

vsense said...

Great Stuff,

Mike said...

Haven't been systematically collecting jazz for a number of years, but I thought I had done a decent job in the past... but once again, Melanchthon, you have found another hole in my acquisitions. I have v.2 and v.3, but for some reason not this one. And so, once again I thank you for some fine new music!

Mikel Hal said...

Moltes Gracies i bon any 2017

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you very much!

Starchild said...

Many thanks melanchthon