Monday, February 16, 2015

CD Review: Omnivore Recordings Combs The Vaults For Unreleased Music From Art Pepper

Legendary American alto saxophonist Art Pepper released over fifty album during his recording career, not to mention his work with Chet Baker, Buddy Rich and others. In 2012, Omnivore Recordings issued some of Pepper's unreleased recordings on colored vinyl and are looking to capture the same magic of those releases with a new CD series entitled "Neon Art." Volume One was released on February 7th in conjunction with Widow's Taste Music and features two songs recorded live at Parnell's in Seattle, WA in 1981.

The energy of the seventeen-minute jam of "Red Car" is highlighted by the amazing piano work of Milcho Leviev. The rhythm section of David Williams on bass and Carl Burnett on drums keeps the song motoring along with an almost "punk-like" speed. Pepper's sax solo shows a resurgence of life as he playfully moves along to the song's rhythm. The other song featured on this release is the slightly slower swing of "Blues For Blanche." With a more controlled melody to the song, Art Pepper is extra focused through this eighteen-minute adventure.

Volumes two and three of this set will follow in the coming months. To find out more about this latest batch of jazz releases from Art Pepper, please visit

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