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Art Pepper: Unreleased Art Pepper, Vol. 10: Toronto (Widow’s Taste)

Not every CD has liner notes that—in the very first sentence—describe the artist in question as “scared to death and therefore loaded out of his skull” as he “stumbled onto the stage” at a gig. It’s an eyebrow-raising setup, unavoidably shaping the way we approach the music. The author of these words is Laurie Pepper, … Read More “Art Pepper: Unreleased Art Pepper, Vol. 10: Toronto (Widow’s Taste)”

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Review of Two Art Pepper Presents West Coast Sessions! Albums

Art Pepper: Art Pepper Presents West Coast Sessions! Volume 3: Lee Konitz (Omnivore) Art Pepper Presents West Coast Sessions! Volume 4: Bill Watrous (Omnivore) These Art Pepper sides have a cheeky history. Far below the radar in the first half of the 1970s, the alto saxophonist remerged in ’77 ready to stand once more in … Read More “Review of Two Art Pepper Presents West Coast Sessions! Albums”

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Art Pepper & Warne Marsh: Unreleased Art: Vol. 9 (Widow’s Taste)

This three-disc set, recorded live in 1974 at Donte’s in Los Angeles, is the latest entry in Laurie Pepper’s Unreleased Art series of posthumous releases featuring her late husband. The pairing of Art Pepper and Warne Marsh was fortuitous; they hadn’t seen each other, let alone played together, for almost 17 years. Marsh, in fact, … Read More “Art Pepper & Warne Marsh: Unreleased Art: Vol. 9 (Widow’s Taste)”

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ART: Why I Stuck With a Junkie Jazzman by Laurie Pepper

Art Pepper’s Straight Life is one of the seminal jazz autobiographies, essential for its portrait of the postwar West Coast scene and its pitiless portrayal of the addict’s lifestyle. The book was a collaboration between Art and his wife, Laurie, who shaped and structured hours of taped conversations while preserving Art’s singular perspective. Indeed, from … Read MoreART: Why I Stuck With a Junkie Jazzman by Laurie Pepper”

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

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 … Read More “Art Pepper: Unreleased Art: Vol. VIII: Live at the Winery”

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Art Pepper: Unreleased Art Pepper Vol. Vii: Sankei Hall—Osaka, Japan

Laurie Pepper, widow of Art Pepper, launched the Unreleased Art series in 2006. She is now up to seven volumes. All but one contains a single live concert from 1980-1982, the last two years of Pepper’s turbulent life. If you wanted to make a case against this series, you would argue that Pepper’s work had … Read More “Art Pepper: Unreleased Art Pepper Vol. Vii: Sankei Hall—Osaka, Japan”

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