Every month

Every month I'll post a new "taste" of Art Pepper's music as a FREE DOWNLOAD. These tastes are given away because they are "unreleasable" by virtue of the recording being cut off at beginning or end or by brief audio problems that occurred in the recording process.


I'll also post occasional journal entries including updates on new releases.

Monday, March 7, 2016

MARCH FREEBIE: in the studio with DONNA LEE

Go back through time and space and enter the studio at Kendun Recorders in Los Angeles in May of 1979. Introducing a new kind of Freebie: SECRET OUTTAKES. I've acquired some uncut, unissued tracks of music recorded for the Artists House album, and this incomplete track was recorded in L.A. by producer John Snyder (he's the white guy in the photo holding the camera). The band could not be more wonderful: George Cables, piano, Charlie Haden, bass, Billy Higgins, Drums, and of course Art Pepper.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE the talk at the end of the track, because it takes me back to that exciting time, when Art Pepper was well into his big comeback and playing so well with such wonderful artists! Join me and them in the studio for eight delightful minutes!

I love my work, because it's Art
And if you're a fan, you'll play YOUR part
The song is free
But the work takes time
The music's sublime
But the effort is mine...
to research and fix it
and present it & mix it.
The next release
is bound to please,
but the choosing the writing, compiling, and layout
the shipping. receiving, the clearing and payout
for mastering, printing, manufacturing and so on
are all up to me, and I promise to go on
posting, releasing, and loving to do it.
as you, the fans, support me all through it.
If you're a member of the Kitchen Cabinet, don't donate unless you're feeling wealthy. If you're not and you're feeling broke, of course, don't bother! If you've donated a bunch in the past, ditto. But if you've been downloading these tracks for free for a while, feel GUILTY. And donate. I promise, you'll feel so much better if you do.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

FREEBIE under the wire! (Not Midnight Yet in L.A.)

FREE: MY FUNNY VALENTINE Art Pepper at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago, 1977 With Willie Pickens, Steve Rodby, Wilbur Campbell

If you don't already have the Jazz Showcase session, download 6 other tracks from the same gig. More than fifty minutes of music for 5$ for this week only. Complete with liner notes: get it HERE.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Darn that Dream? Wake up, it's the January Freebie!

Darn the dream of being able to play to an attentive audience.

I remember this 1981 gig in Washington, D.C. mainly because Art came down off the stage during the set and told me to stop shushing the audience—a bunch of drunken middle-aged men accompanied by what looked like hookers. Art said that if they took offense at my scolding and insulted me, he’d have to fight them all. Art was old school and couldn’t let anybody mess with his woman, no matter how obnoxious she decided to be.
(At the one-minute mark, you can actually hear someone start to WHISTLE along! The guy paid to go to a nightclub where…  Oh nevermind.)

The song, Darn that Dream, is lovely, the performances are beautiful. Even though Milcho Leviev's solo is very short, it’s one of his great ones. Gene Perla is on bass, Barry Altschul is the drummer. The tape is noisy. I’ve done the best I could to remove a nasty buzz without crippling the sound. (I think I made the original recording. Not sure, though.)

Sunday, November 22, 2015


Our first tour of Europe: 1980. This was recorded in Paris (Art said it was his favorite city). The BEAUTIFUL band is Milcho Leviev, Bob Magnusson, Carl Burnett.  

For the end of the year,
Here's a beautiful track.
If you pay me, now,
I'll pay you back....
....With NEXT YEAR'S treat: 
Hint: It's something sweet;
Not a marsh-mallow, 
But a tenor-playing fellow.

Unless you were there, you've never heard it before!
Art and Warne at Donte's in '74.

Thursday, October 8, 2015


Only 150 cds available. 5 alternate tracks. This is truly a classic Art Pepper recording. From 1956, the vinyl albums have been bootlegged and pirated, but this recording, professionally remastered at Fantasy Records, includes 5 (five!) alternate takes. It features the profoundly great Russ Freeman along with Ben Tucker on bass, and Gary Frommer on drums.
The Story: Not long after Art's death, when I was broke, I began writing to various record labels asking for royalties which hadn't been paid. This album, made in 1956, had never paid any royalties. I wrote letters, called around, threatened, pleaded, and so on with no luck. Then, in the process of researching the murky history of West Coast jazz and blues labels, I found that the most recent purchaser of the Tampa label had filed for bankruptcy. I contacted the court and asked to purchase this album. Somehow, I found out where the Tampa masters were stored, went to that warehouse, asking (Art's producer) Ed Michel to come along.We picked up ancient tapes, masters, mothers.  They wanted to sell me the whole catalog including the Charlie Parker Records catalog. But like I said, I was broke. I was able to buy this master only. Somebody came along the next day and bought all the Tampa stuff. He called me and said one title was missing, could he buy it from me. No, says I, "I own Tampa 20."  I've licensed it to Fantasy/Concord and others. It's one of my very favorites of Art's albums. And not because I own it. Because it's beautiful.

P.S. I realize most serious AP fans already own this album, but it's sooo worth posting.

Monday, August 31, 2015

FREEBIE: Art's 90th: 2 TRACKS

Art Pepper was born on September 1, 1925. In honor of his 90th birthday, I'm giving away TWO never-before-published tracks from a fabulous concert:

 In 1981 Art made his last tour of Japan with George Cables, David Williams, and Carl Burnett. Every gig was great. These TWO TRACKS, YES TWO! were recorded in Minano. Someday I'll have it all remastered and release the whole concert. But meanwhile, here you are, just in time for ART'S 90TH. Everything Happens to Me_AND_Straight Life!

The WEBSITE is brand new. Click here & Hear Art's voice, his music, lotsa photos, lots of info.


Art Pepper was the muthafuckin' bomb. He played the saxophone like a fallen angel and wrote, with MsLaurie Pepper, one...
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Friday, August 7, 2015

It's My Party: MORE Repossessed Art Pepper!

It's my happy birthday month so I've got a present for everybody. Last month (was it last month?) I gave away the Art Pepper/Hampton Hawes Surf Club "Early Show" for $4.50.* This month I've got "The Late Show." Same price. I explained that the original issuer of these discs has never paid mechanicals for the great original tunes Art played that night at the Surf Club. So here you go.

*I'd like to add that I'm hoping to get a new completely UNRELEASED Art CD out by Spring of next year, 2016. And, unless something really spectacular lands on my doorstep in the next few months, it'll be Art Pepper and Warne Marsh. So if you can, please support the music by paying as much as is convenient for the freebies and the cheapo tracks and albums. THANKS.

P.S. Didn't he have the prettiest tone in the whole world? Yes. He did.
P.P.S. During the next few days I'm going to be "un-freeing" a lot of the freebies from previous months. So if you want to clean up, NOWSTHETIME

Monday, June 15, 2015

June 15, 1982: Art Lives

In honor of this day, a free download. Art Pepper, George Cables.


Sunday, June 7, 2015


If I can get all my little ducks in a row, this and MUCH MUCH MORE OF THE SAME will be the next release. (P.S. Am delerious with JOY!)

Wednesday, May 27, 2015



Art Pepper, Blue Mitchell. A recent discovery! From 1975. Suspect this was recorded at Donte's in North Hollywood. Piano: Lou Levy; Bass: Buddy Clark; Drums: Lew Malin. It's incomplete (no head) & there's bleed-through on the tape, but it's NICE & it's RARE! There's lots more music from this session, and if it can be doctored a bit, maybe it'll be an eventual release.