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 snippets from my memoir of my life with Art or current journal entries including updates on new releases.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

FREE! Cool For Summer: VALSE TRISTE



   In July of 1980 we toured with this quartet, pictured: Carl Burnett, Bob Magnusson and Milcho Leviev. The few nights at Sandy's, a club in Boston (or maybe Beverly?) Mass, were memorable because the music was consistently wonderful and because Art was so funny in his comments to the audience. His ankles were swollen as a result of poor health, too much alcohol, and steady traveling, so he was wearing slippers onstage, but otherwise his playing was strong and his mood was good. Partly because the band was so tight and swinging.
   Art had written wonderful waltz (for the legendary Vanguard sessions) but had had his usual problem devising name for it. So Milcho named it, and their little onstage conversation about it is charming. I don't think the tune has been released anywhere else. I may be wrong. I'm often wrong. Anyway, I think it's wonderful.

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So here 'tis:

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