Art Pepper: Star Eyes


Star Eyes


Art Pepper (alto sax)


Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section (Original Jazz Classics 338)

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Art Pepper (alto sax), Red Garland (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Philly Joe Jones (drums).

Composed by Gene DePaul & Don Raye


Recorded: Los Angeles, January 19, 1957


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

Art Pepper doesn't meet "a" rhythm section on this 1957 date he meets the rhythm section. Best known for their tenure with Miles Davis (with whom they were still working at this time), Garland, Chambers and Jones combined the simple sophistication of Swing Era groups with the prodigious fire of the great bebop bands. They collectively improvised, delicately supported their leader, played comfortably fast, and perhaps most importantly artfully interacted on quieter mid-tempo tunes and sensitive ballads. This team therefore pioneered the all-encompassing post-bop rhythm section even though they were often playing bop. Perhaps most illuminating here is the enormous amount of space left for Pepper, notwithstanding all three rhythm section mates playing plenty of notes. Their sympathetic musicality allowed for Pepper to take his improvisation wherever he wanted an important development in modern jazz. The rhythm section, though, with their uncanny predictions, was always a step ahead.

Reviewer: Eric Novod

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