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Art Pepper: Unreleased Art: Vol. VIII: Live at the Winery

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Laurie Pepper is Art Pepper’s widow. Her Unreleased Art series has become a unique ongoing homemade documentary, a sequence of postcards in sound and words and pictures, mailed back to us from a rapidly receding past. It preserves moments from a jazz life of failure and redemption, self-destruction and triumphant creativity.

All but one of the first seven volumes come from 1980-1982, the last three years of Art Pepper’s turbulent life. They feature his regular working quartets. Vol. VIII goes further back, to a gig at a jazz festival in Saratoga, Calif., on Sept. 6, 1976, with a temporary rhythm section (pianist Smith Dobson, Jim Nichols on bass and drummer Brad Bilhorn).

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