Chet Baker & Art Pepper: Picture of Heath


Picture of Heath


Chet Baker (trumpet) and Art Pepper (alto sax)


Picture of Heath [originally Playboys] (Pacific Jazz 94106)

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Chet Baker (trumpet), Art Pepper (alto sax), Phil Urso (tenor sax), Carl Perkins (piano), Curtis Counce (bass), Larance Marable (drums).

Composed by Jimmy Heath


Recorded: Los Angeles, October 31, 1956


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Chet Baker came to prominence as the trumpeter in the Gerry Mulligan Quartet, but later became a much-recorded leader in his own right. This mid-1950s session teams him with tenorist Phil Urso, a regular member of Baker’s quintet at the time, and the prominent West Coast altoist Art Pepper. Jimmy Heath’s sparkling “Picture of Heath” features a confidently swinging and lyrical Baker, a passionate Pepper, and a rock-solid, on-the-beat Urso over the top-notch rhythm section’s firm foundation.

Reviewer: David Franklin

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