Art Pepper: Anthropology




Art Pepper (clarinet)


The Complete Village Vanguard Sessions (Contemporary 4417)

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Art Pepper (clarinet), George Cables (piano), George Mraz (bass), Elvin Jones (drums).

Composed by Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie


Recorded: Village Vanguard, New York City, July 29, 1977


Rating: 82/100 (learn more)

Art Pepper’s post-rehabilitation career reached its pinnacle with a successful run at the Vanguard in late July 1977. Backed by a first-rate group of Cables, Mraz and Jones, Pepper performs at an impressively high level on original cool jazz compositions and bebop mainstays, as evidenced by this version of "Anthropology." While some may be bothered by occasional intonation issues at points throughout the complete session recordings, the unorthodox combination of musicians assembled here is quite sensitive to one another's personal styles, making for an absorbing listen. On this track, note the duet between Pepper (on clarinet) and Mraz on bass, later joined by Jones on brushes.

Reviewer: Eric Novod

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