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- Released: November 9, 2004
- Label: Contemporary
- 1.Smack Up
- 2.Tin Tin Deo
- 4.Too Close For Comfort
- 5.You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
- 6.Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise
- 7.Bernie's Tune
- 8.I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me
- 9.Gettin' Together
- 10.Mambo Koyama
- 11.Prisoner, The (Love Theme From The Eyes Of Laura Mars)
- 12.Our Song
- 13.Over The Rainbow
Personnel: Art Pepper (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Art Pepper; Howard Roberts (guitar); Dan Smiley, Audrey DeSilva, Elisabeth Gibson, Greg Mazmanian, Clifton Foster, Patrice Anderson, John Tenney (violin); Terry Adams , Sharon O'Connor, Mary Anne Meredith (cello); Charlie Kennedy (alto saxophone); Richie Kamuca (tenor saxophone); Med Flory (baritone saxophone); Al Porcino (trumpet); Vincent DeRosa (French horn); Dick Nash (trombone); Bob Enevoldsen (valve trombone); Red Garland (piano); Jimmy Bond, Joe Mondragon, Paul Chambers, Cecil McBee (double bass); Philly Joe Jones (drums); Kenneth Nash (congas, percussion); Jack Sheldon (trumpet); Dolo Coker, Pete Jolly, Russ Freeman , Stanley Cowell, Wynton Kelly (piano); Frank Butler, Jimmy Cobb , Mel Lewis, Roy Haynes, Carl Burnett (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Kirk Felton.
Liner Note Author: Paul De Barros.
Recording information: Contemporary's Studio, Los Angeles, CA (01/19/1957-09/04/1980); Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA (01/19/1957-09/04/1980).
Photographer: Roger Marshutz.
Arrangers: Jimmy Bond; Marty Paich.
This 13-track set covers almost 20 years in the tumultuous career of alto saxophonist Art Pepper. From the lead-off track "Smack Up," Pepper's remarkable style is apparent--lyrical, dexterous, and full of a wild, mercurial passion that recalls Charlie Parker, but is completely distinctive. A handful of tracks featuring the rhythm section from Miles Davis's first quintet (Red Garland on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums) are among the early highlights, as is the wildly swinging big-band outing "Move."
The later material, which dates from the late 1970s, is noticeably different in sound quality and sensibility. A smoothly grooving Latin vibe drives "Mambo Koyama," with a funky bass ostinato burbling beneath. "Our Song" has Pepper playing in a lush, cinematic mode complete with strings, while the set's closer, "Over the Rainbow," displays a cool, romantic side that evokes Pepper's West Coast roots. Pepper is that rare player who impresses technically, yet remains passionate, edgy, and emotionally focused all at once, and THE BEST OF is a great place to sample his talents.