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, December 16, 2012

FREE MUSIC: (Jazz) History is Made in NY

Art with Buffet alto sax, 1975

A couple of weeks before Art's famous 1977 Vanguard performance and recording session with George Cables, George Mraz, and Elvin Jones, Art played at the Vanguard in June with Onaje Allen Gumbs, Gene Perla, and Joe LaBarbara.  It was this event that inspired John Snyder (who sponsored this trip, Art's first East Coast Tour) to inspire Les Koenig of Contemporary Records to record the subsequent date set up by John and Les in July.

A fan sent me two discs of a live recording he made on the first night of the earlier date.  I have no idea who sent them.  If you are he/she and are following this blog, please get in touch so I can say thank you.  (and do you have any more?)

Meanwhile, even though Wayne Peet, who does my editing and mastering, is a miracle worker, there's no hope for fixing the sound on these tracks which are musically soooooo sweet.  Art was so happy and excited to be in New York at the Village Vanguard, and this, though an unfamiliar band, is such a swinging one.  So here's one track. They are ALL great, and I may post the rest of them singly or as a downloadable album.  Though I was tempted to post one of the sad-and-beautiful ballads they played, I figure, since it's the Christmas season, let's be merry-since the alternative is to be suicidal.
This is the first track played on the first night of the gig.
The audio quality gets better as the track continues.
It's yours to download and keep.  It's free.
Just enter zero in the payment box (though you can always donate)


  1. Thank you so much Laurie ! I'm following Art's music since my 20's, I'm 55 now and it's always incredibly touching to hear him. And allow me to add that I admire your duty of remembrance. I needed to say it to you.
    (from Paris)

  2. Thanks for sharing this gem Laurie, and thanks for taking care of Art's legacy

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