- Released: February 17, 1992
- Label: OJC
- 2.No Limit
- 3.These Foolish Things
- 5.More For Les
- 6.Over The Rainbow
- 7.Scrapple From The Apple - (bonus track)
Personnel: Art Pepper (saxophone); George Cables (piano); George Mraz (bass); Elvin Jones (drums).
Recorded live at the Village Vanguard, New York, New York between July 28 & 30, 1977. Originally released on Contemporary (7650).
Personnel: Art Pepper (clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); George Cables (piano); Elvin Jones (drums).
Liner Note Author: Peter Keepnews.
Recording information: Village Vanguard, New York, NY (07/28/1977-07/30/1977).
Unknown Contributor Roles: Elvin Jones; George Cables; George Mraz .
The fourth of four CD reissues taken from Art Pepper's three nights at the Village Vanguard in July 1977, as with the other releases, adds one selection ("Scrapple from the Apple") to the music of the original LP; all of the performances on this and the other sets have since been made available as part of a massive nine-CD box set. The great altoist was clearly excited to be playing at the famous New York club, and his rhythm section -- pianist George Cables, bassist George Mraz and drummer Elvin Jones -- consistently stimulates his imagination. This release has more variety than usual, for in addition to his alto playing (including a memorable unaccompanied solo on "Over the Rainbow"), Pepper switches to clarinet for the lengthy "More for Les" and interprets the ballad "These Foolish Things" on tenor. The nine-CD set is essential for Art Pepper fanatics, but those just wanting a taste of the great altoist's talents will be satisfied with this release. ~ Scott Yanow