The art of the comeback pdf alto saxophonist and very occasional tenor saxophonist and clarinetist. Art Pepper was born in Gardena, California, on September 1, 1925.
Both were violent alcoholics, and when Art was still quite young he was sent to live with his paternal grandmother. At the age of 17 he began playing professionally with Benny Carter and then became part of the Stan Kenton orchestra, touring with that band until he was drafted in 1943. After the war he returned to Los Angeles and joined the Kenton Innovations Orchestra. His career was repeatedly interrupted by several prison stints stemming from his addiction to heroin, but Pepper managed to have several memorable and productive “comebacks”. Remarkably, his substance abuse and legal travails did not affect the quality of his recordings, which maintained a high level of musicianship throughout his career until his death in 1982. His last comeback saw Pepper, who had started his career in Stan Kenton’s big band, becoming a member of Buddy Rich’s Big Band from 1968 to 1969. During the mid-1970s and early 1980s he toured Europe and Japan with his own groups and recorded dozens of albums, mostly for Fantasy Records.
Pepper lived for many years in the hills of Echo Park, in Los Angeles. After beginning methadone therapy in the mid-1970s, Art had a musical comeback and recorded a series of albums including Living Legend, Art Pepper Today, Among Friends, and Live in Japan: Vol. Pepper died of a stroke in Los Angeles on June 15, 1982, aged 56. He is interred in the Abbey of the Psalms Mausoleum in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood. A Night at the Surf Club, Vol. 1980 Blues for the Fisherman with Milcho Leviev Live at Ronnie Scott’s London.
2-CD set of two different sessions in 1957 and 1960. Jazz Styles and Analysis: Alto Sax by Harry Miedema. Straight Life: the Story of Art Pepper by Art Pepper and Laurie Pepper. Includes the head of Straight Life.
International Music Publications, Woodford Green, Essex, 1986. Masters of the Alto Saxophone Play The Blues. Transcribed by Trent Kynaston and Jonathan Ball. West Coast Jazz Saxophone Solos transcribed and edited by Robert A.
1961, including five solos by Art Pepper. What Is This Thing Called Love? Pepper’s most famous composition is probably “Straight Life”. Composed long before the autobiography of the same title was published, it features the jagged lines he typically played and was typically played at a breakneck tempo. It was recorded numerous times by Pepper, both in his “early” period and his “later” years. Perhaps the most famous version was included on the 1957 Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section. 1956 Art Pepper Tells the Tragic Role Narcotics Played in Blighting His Career and Life by John Tynan.
1957 Art Pepper Quartet by John Tynan. 1960 Art Pepper: Profile of a Comeback by J. 1960 The Return of Art Pepper by John Tynan. 1960 End of the Road by John Tynan. 1964 Art Pepper’s not the Same by John Tynan. 1965 “Jazz Discographies Unlimited” Presents “Art Pepper”. A Complete Discography Compiled by Ernie Edwards, Jr.
Jazz Discographies Unlimited, Spotlight Series, Vol. 1973 Art Pepper: ‘I’m Here to Stay! 1975 Pepper’s Painful Road to Pure Art by L. 1979 Straight Life: the Story of Art Pepper by Art Pepper and Laurie Pepper.
1979 Art Pepper: Rewards of the Straight Life by P. 1979 The Contemporary Art of Pepper by Chris Sheridan. 1981 The Whiteness of the Wail by Gary Giddins, in Riding on a Blue Note. An article originally published in July 1977. 1986 Art Pepper: I Want to Play so Bad by David Nicholson Pepperell. Wire Magazine, Issue 28, June 1986, pp.
1986 Art Pepper, 1926-1982 by Gary Giddins, in Rhythm-a-ning: Jazz Tradition and Innovation in the 80s. An article originally published in June 1982. 1992 Straight Life by Ted Gioia, in West Coast Jazz: Modern Jazz in California, 1945-1960. 2000 The Art Pepper Companion: Writings on a Jazz Original by Todd Selbert. ART: Why I Stuck with a Junkie Jazzman” by Laurie Pepper.
The Tale of the Tape by Lili Anolik. Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Eighth Edition. New York, New York: Schirmer Books. Contemporary Musicians: Profiles of the People in Music. Movie Review : Tales of Jazz Saxophonists”.