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, October 8, 2012

MUSIC FREE: For Your Ears (and Eyes if you're a musician) Alternate take from Artists House Session: Pepper, Cables, Haden, Higgins

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First Draft of Art Pepper's "My Friend John" 
John Snyder, Billy Higgins, Charlie Haden, Art Pepper, George Cables

With Rocco's help, I've been scanning all Art's sheet music. I thought some musician fans might find this interesting. The Freebie today is an unreleased track from the Artists House date at Kendun Recorders in L.A. in '79 with Art, George Cables, Charlie Haden, Billy Higgins. It was recorded by John Snyder, for whom this song was written in 1977. John sponsored Art's first ever East Coast tour which wound up at the Village Vanguard, and Art wrote the tune for this date. I'm including 4 pages of music: The original ms, which Art scrawled during his cocaine nights sitting on bathroom floors of our hotel rooms in NY and Boston (read the book!). And the revised alto part. Art said that this chart and some others he wrote during that time were just too hard to play, so he rewrote them.



  1. As always, I am grateful that you choose to share this wonderful music. Many thanks.

  2. Laurie, thnx for sharing. I`m still wondering wether it would be feasible to (re)release Art`s complete Artists House sessions

    Art Pepper (as) Hank Jones (p -1/7) Ron Carter (b) Al Foster (d -1/7)
    Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA, February 23, 1979
    1. Straight, No Chaser (alt. take) Galaxy GXY 5154
    2. Straight, No Chaser Artists House AH 12; Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2
    3. Yesterdays Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2
    4. A Night In Tunisia Galaxy GXY 5154
    5. A Night In Tunisia (alt. take) Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2
    6. Diane Artists House AH 12; Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2
    7. My Friend John Galaxy GXY 5154
    8. Duo Blues -

    Art Pepper (as, cl) George Cables (p) Charlie Haden (b) Billy Higgins (d)
    Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA, May 25 & 26, 1979
    Blues For Blanche (alt. take A) Galaxy GXY 5148
    Landscape Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2
    Stardust Artists House AH 12; Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2
    Donna Lee Galaxy GXY 5148
    Donna Lee (alt. take) Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2
    Blues For Blanche (alt. take B) -
    Blues For Blanche Artists House AH 12; Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2
    So In Love -
    Lover Man Galaxy GXY 5154
    Body And Soul Galaxy GXY 5148
    You Go To My Head -
    Tin Tin Deo Artists House (J) VDJ 1008; Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2
    Stardust (alt. take) -
    Anthropology Galaxy GXY 5148
    In A Mellotone Artists House (J) VDJ 1008; Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2
    Desafinado Galaxy GXY 5148
    My Friend John (alt. take) Artists House (J) VDJ 1008; Galaxy 16GCD 1016-2

    I believe these saw the light of day in it`s entirety only via the Art Pepper Galaxy Box Set - and although (or even because ?) the forementioned Box (being out of print nowadays) features a wealth of music, the Artists House sessions somehow fell under the radar.

    I`m positive this would be a very interesting rerelease for a lot of (old and new) Art Pepper followers.

    Keep up your good work

    1. I've been thinking about it. There are alternates from these dates that are still unreleased, I think. I might make them available for high-quality downloads complete with some of the original Artwork, but can't afford to release them on CD AND also release previously unreleased material.

  3. Hi Laurie, this is Fredrik. I'm a jazz collector from Stockholm Sweden. One of my all time favourite jazz artists is Art Pepper and I just love his early stuff. I collect only original 1st pressing jazz vinyl collectibles. I have just bought a 1st original pressing of his great album "Modern Art" on the Intro label. Fantastic album, great cool jazz. I intend to by a lot more early collectible Art Pepper LP's in the future. I've read "Straight Life" and was blown away. Very interesting reading indeed. And a great discography as well. This is the first time I've come across this blog and I'll explore it further. I have my own blog about my jazz vinyl collecting, visit it here: http://www.1139indearoldstockholm.com