Art Pepper: Over the Rainbow


Over the Rainbow


Art Pepper (alto sax)


The Complete Village Vanguard Sessions (Contemporary 9 CCD-4417-2)

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Art Pepper (alto sax).

Composed by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg


Recorded: live at the Village Vanguard, New York, July 28, 1977


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

During his announcement to the audience, Art Pepper says that his producer Lester Koenig asked him to do this solo number, and he adds with some humor that it is going to be "one of these Anthony Braxton trips," but "a short thing." Well, it lasts more than seven minutes and, whether you like Braxton or not, I'm not sure you'll see the connection. Lyrical, though sometimes impaired by a hissing reed; dramatic, even if he often fills in with virtuoso licks; adventurous, though respectful of the melodyŚsuch is Pepper's solo vision of this song. The vision of a man and musician who, during his lifetime, obviously went several times "over the rainbow," and came back with a different point of view on our world.

Reviewer: Thierry Qu├ęnum

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