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.

THEY'RE TOO STUNNING TO HIDE AWAY IN MY FILES AS YOU'LL SOON SEE.

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

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

MAY FREEBIE: ART PEPPER AND BLUE MITCHELL



ART PEPPER & BLUE MITCHELL 1975

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.




Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Not-Quite-Freebie for the Cruelest Month: Arthur's Blues

Here's a Blues for a month I've been sick in.
Cause this tune makes my draggy pulse quicken.
If I'm sick or I'm sad, the blues make me GLAD
I'm alive! I won't stop. I'll keep tickin'



Sunday, March 15, 2015

MARCH FREEBIE COMES IN LIKE A ROARING LION

A rare recording of Art Pepper during the transitional "Coltrane" phase that led him to create the richest music of his career (1974-1982) and inspired critic Gary Giddins to label that music "a touchstone for the very aesthetics of jazz music." If you want the WHOLE TRACK, just the music, click on BUY NOW and enter zero (though you can always leave a dollar or so in the tip jar to encourage a continuing flow of unreleased Art Pepper!)

This short video is a glimpse at a longer video artwork based on the stories in Straight Life: the Story of Art Pepper by Art and Laurie Pepper. That short movie is a work in progress. It includes a number of jazz performances from all the stages of Art's career, and Art Pepper's voice (as recorded by Laurie Pepper when she interviewed him for Straight Life) provides the narration. The enacted sequences feature James Intveld and Lisa Joffrey as Art and his wife Diane. Laurie is played by Tracy Middendorf.

You may download or embed this video for FREE. I've forced it to this small size for the moment. It may be available bigger later! CLICK ON THE LITTLE V (lower right hand corner)
to download the video from VIMEO.



If you want to see the video FULL size and hear George Cables, David Williams, and Carl Burnett playing Art's charts with numerous sax-ists, SEE BELOW (& click on the flyer for details).


Sunday, February 15, 2015

I skipped January, but February's Freebie is definitely worth waiting for

First, I know!  Most hardcore AP fans already have this whole album.
But think of all those poor souls who don't!
So here it is: (P.S. to get it, click on "buy" and, on the new page, scroll down to "Diane," click "buy" and you'll have the option to download it for free)


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 at all. Ever. Yet it was selling everywhere. 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 owner of the Tampa label had filed for bankruptcy. I contacted the court and asked to purchase this album. Through them, I found out where the Tampa masters were stored, went to that warehouse, asking Ed Michel to come along.We picked up rusty, dusty ancient tapes, masters, mothers.  They wanted to sell me the whole catalog including the Charlie Parker Records catalog. But. like I said, I didn't have much money. I bought this master. Somebody came along the next day and bought all the rest of the Tampa stuff. He called me and said one title was missing (THIS album), could he buy it from me. No, says I, "I now own Tampa 20."  Over the years 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.

And I'm giving away the PRETTIEST thing, Diane. A song Art wrote for his second wife.
I'm attaching a video including this tune. The video is part of a bigger video based on Straight Life: The Story of Art Pepperwhich includes Art's voice narrating and Art's music. If you're around L.A. on March 27th, I'll be showing about a half an hour of the work in progress. Meanwhile here's just a 4 minute sample (which still needs work!)Art is living with Diane, but he's still in love with his ex wife, Patti. Diane attempts suicide..

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas FREEBIE (Pepperpot: Unissued 1949 w/Stan Kenton) PLUS BONUS!

 Pepperpot is from 1949 when Art was with the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Personally, I'm not crazy about a big blasting band, but what's wonderful is the contrast of all that noise with the wild sweet sound of Art, floating like a butterfly, stinging like a bee. Pepperpot is FREE (tho you can always drop a few coins in the hat).

BUT WAIT.  A payment of 15$ makes you a member of the Widow's Kitchen Cabinet AND that gets you this COMPLETE album 15 tracks of ALTERNATE & UNISSUED takes from truly historic recording sessions from 1949 thru 1960: Antique Art Pepper.  It also entitles you, during the following year, to SPECIAL FREEBIES (hidden in that Cabinet) for which you'll be sent unique download codes.

Here are some of the other artists on the album:  Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Shorty Rogers, Bud Shank, Bob Cooper, Shelly Manne, Conte candoli, Bill Russo, Warne Marsh, Ronnie Ball, Ben Tucker, Gary Frommer, Carl Perkins, Frank Capp, Al Porcino, Jack Sheldon, Med Flory, Russ Freeman, Joe Mondragon, Mel Lewis, Paul Chambers, Wynton Kelly, Pete Jolly, Dolo Coker.

THE download includes a PDF of the liner note by Ken Poston (with historic photos) available for download.





ALSO: Blues Fanatics, Art Pepper Fanatics, Vinyl Fanatics:
Neon Art now on Sale at Omnivore! A last minute gift perhaps????



Thursday, December 11, 2014

Just For Fun: Pre Christmas Freebie


DON'T pay for this one. Consider it a Christmas bonus.  Audio quality stinks. AND it's incomplete. HOWEVER. Rita-san is one of my favorites of Art's charts. And he played it so rarely. I have no idea who's in the band. It was recorded at Gilly's in Dayton Ohio in 1977.  The pianist is either the weirdo who arrived in the hearse or it's the curly red-haired kid from Juilliard who jumped up on the stage to replace Charlie-Manson-at-the-piano (and his band of babes) after he got thrown out.  I'm pretty sure it's the kid. Anyway, Art called this tune a "shuffle" (it says 8/8) harking back to his pre-war days on Central Avenue in L.A. This dates from 1977, a week or so before the spectacular weekend at The Village Vanguard in New York.


And if you want to try to play it.  Here's the music.



Friday, November 21, 2014

Here's a Jolly Track to Warm Your Winter: November FREEBIE "Vanguard Max" with ART PEPPER, GEORGE CABLES, GEORGE MRAZ, ELVIN JONES


When Art was recording the wonderful Straight Life album for Fantasy/Galaxy, the pianist Tommy Flanagan had a slight problem with Art’s tune “Make a List (Make a Wish)”. The arrangement seemed unnecessarily complex to him. At least that’s what I surmised based on an ironic one-liner he tossed out. Art went over the chart with him. It took a while. When Art finished explaining the arrangement, Flanagan asked, “And then what do we do?” Art said, “Then we blow.”  Tommy said, "Ohhhh, THEN we blow."

Sometimes Art’s arrangements were kind of complex, especially a few he wrote on the East Coast Tour in ’77 on his way to play at the Vanguard. “My Friend John” and “For Freddie” were two of those.  They also swung beautifully and gave Art what all his original arrangements gave him, a sort of sculptor’s armature on which he played and wove his little stories.  And he re-wrote both those charts after we got home—after the passionate drugged madness of the Vanguard session—to make them more playable.

Vanguard Max was really just a blues, but the arrangement, I think, was adorable if a little difficult. They NEVER got it right and Art never got around to rewriting it. This is an alternate track, only available on the complete Vanguard Box.

Anyway, here are the chart and the MUSIC for Vanguard Max. Pay nothing or support the release of more Art Pepper, more FREEBIES, by paying a buck or two if you can.








Monday, October 13, 2014

Sometimes the Best Things in Life Aren't Free... But ohhhhh

If anybody wants to know my my personal favorite Art Pepper recordings, they are:

1.  THIS ONE
2.  "Goodbye" on the Village Vanguard set
3.  "Our Song" on the Winter Moon album
*4.  "Red Car" on the Neon Art (Omnivore) set
—which will be released by Widow's Taste on CD next Spring.

I'VE UPLOADED THIS ONE BEFORE, BUT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED IT.
IT'S WORTH DOING AGAIN.
I'M CHARGING TWO BUCKS FOR THIS PHENOMENAL TRACK NOW 
because I'm trying to raise money for my *NEXT RELEASE NEXT SPRING.

Those of you who downloaded it for free CONGRATS. Go to the Art Pepper Bandcamp page anyway. There might be a few FREEBIES there you missed!

Recorded at the Maiden Voyage with George Cables, David Williams, and Carl Burnett.  Previously released.

"Everything Happens to Me" should have been Art's theme song.
He played the tune frequently during his early years, but he never played it—or in my opinion anything else—the way he plays it here. In my opinion, which may be worth very little because it's so subjective, nobody ever played anything quite as wonderful as this "Everything Happens to Me." I'll tell you Art's opinion. One afternoon he sat down and listened to it seriously. When it was over he looked up at me and shook his head. He was absolutely dazzled. He said, "I don't know...am I crazy?" I knew exactly what he meant. He meant that he didn't think anybody had ever before played anything quite as wonderful as this "Everything Happens to Me." But he must be crazy, because the world was not beating a path to his door or crowning him with lilies or electing him emperor—or even putting his picture on the cover of Down Beat.



Monday, September 15, 2014

FREE MUSIC PLUS LIVE MUSIC PLUS LIVE ME!

Here's the September Freebie, plus



AN INVITATION TO THOSE OF YOU WHO LIVE IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

 An evening of jazz and a reading from

 ART: Why I Stuck with a Junkie Jazzman

    Friday, September 19th

    Music begins at 5:30

    I begin at about 8:00 ish

    Here's a LINK  to the event at Bird & Beckett Books in San Francisco

    (& if you want to know what some very perceptive and delightful people think of my book read: REVIEWS)
     

And here's the FREEBIE