Friday, November 18, 2011

Art Pepper - Straight Life (1990)

Art Pepper - Straight Life (1990)
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Genre ~ Hard-Bop, West Coast | Label ~ Galaxy/OJC

Altoist Art Pepper recorded many albums for the Galaxy label during 1979-1982, all of which have been reissued in a massive 16-CD "complete" box set. This single CD is pretty definitive and serves as a perfect introduction to Pepper's second (and most rewarding) period. Not only is there a superior version of Pepper's famous title cut but very emotional (and explorative) renditions of "September Song" and "Nature Boy." Filling out this quartet set (which also features pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Red Mitchell, and drummer Billy Higgins) are "Surf Ride," "Make a List," and "Long Ago and Far Away." Brilliant music. ~Allmusic

01. Surf Ride (6:58)
02. Nature Boy (9:57)
03. Straight Life (4:11)
04. September Song (11:01)
05. Make a List (Make a Wish) (9:49)
06. Long Ago and Far Away (6:15)

Art Pepper - alto saxophone
Tommy Flanagan - piano
Red Mitchell - bass
Billy Higgins - drums
Kenneth Nash - cowbell, reco-reco (on #5 only)

Produced by Ed Michel
Recorded September 21, 1979 and mixed at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA
Engineer: Wally Buck
Assistant Engineer: Danny Kopelson
Digital remastering, 1990 - Danny Kopelson (Fantasy Studios, Berkeley)
Art Direction: Phil Carroll
Photography: Phil Bray
Notes reproduced from the original album liner