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.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

MUSIC: Mambo Koyama

Scroll down past the chatter to play (and download) the music

Some of you have asked for more glimpses of my memoir-in-progress. So I've added another bit about the buildup to the Village Vanguard date.  Look at the top of the sidebar for the Memoir.

   The latest release from Widow's Taste is due soon!  August 28th, to be exact.  It's a two disc set.  More details about it soon.  Here are pictures of the cover, front and back:

I've been digging through my old tracks more energetically than usual recently to find tracks for Omnivore who'll be releasing THREE Art Pepper vinyl singles in the next few months under the heading "Neon Art." (I'll keep you informed of all releases).
While I searched through a wonderful series of live recordings from our last tour of Japan in November, 1981, I found quite a few frustratingly incomplete and thus unusable tracks: The tape ran out or started too late or got eaten in the middle.

This is a track that made me tear my hair, because it is so great but started too late to use.  It's missing the melody statement and the piano solo (and it's George Cables in top form, and I'm really sorry!).

The music begins right before the Art Pepper solo.  There's a terrific bass solo by David Williams.  The drummer is Art's beloved stalwart Carl Burnett.   Named after Kiyoshi Koyama, once the editor of the once wonderful Swing JournalMAMBO KOYAMA was recorded in Okayama, Japan on November 14, 1981 (George Cables's birthday).

Here, in all its incomplete gorgeousness is:
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  1. Great Art, but right click doesn't get me a download on a Mac.

  2. I'm on a mac! You can't right click and select "download linked file" OR "add to iTunes?"

  3. No, not those choices. Instead I get Bookmark this link, Save link as,Send link, Copy link location, Open link in new tab/window. Maybe it's browser related, I'm using Firefox?

  4. Okay, okay. I tried changing the permissions. Try it NOW and let me know. L.

    1. Still no download choice. I tried with Safari, but same result. Not "download linked file" OR "add to iTunes" that you describe.

    2. Re Firefox - try opening link in another tab. It appears and just dl to my downloads, open and save wherever you like.

  5. BTW, Thanks to those who have quietly donated. I'll be sending some kind of bonus to y'all.

  6. wightdj, I dunno what to tell you. Haven't been able to recreate the problem and no one else has complained, but maybe no one else has tried to download it.

  7. Again another superb piece of music. This stuff is really nice to have. My (and many quiet others hopefully) thanks!!

  8. @wightdj. I was confused with this too. If you click on 'Save link as' it will download as if you were clicking on a rapidshare or mediafire link. (i'm on a pc, but try it)

  9. Laurie. I love how you leave in Art's talking on the cds. The more the better.

  10. Laurie, I had a question about this incomplete Mambo Koyama track please. I note that you mention above that it was recorded in Okayama. I have the new Neon Art releases, volume 3, and on there Everything Happens to Me is shown as being recorded in Nagoya on 14.11.81. Were there two concerts that day?

    Thanks very much for the freebies - hope this is proof that us fans are not only downloading, but also stimulated to do some purchasing as well!

    Kind Regards,


  11. You've got volume 3 already? I don't! Well, according to my notes, The "Everything Happens" was recorded in Nagoya on November 17th. Did they get the liner notes wrong??? L.