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.

Friday, August 30, 2013


Art Pepper was born on September 1, 1925.  For his birthday, I figured I'd upload a gift for his fans.

Art, Roger (Manager—New Morning, Geneva), Alain (Manager—New Morning, Paris)

This track is incomplete by only a few bars at the very beginning.  It's Blues for Blanche, the opening tune he played at a gig in Geneva (at a club called The New Morning) in 1980.  The band was Milcho Leviev, Tony Dumas, and Carl Burnett.

I really agonize over these freebies.  This was an especially wonderful set and I have enough of it on tape to remaster and release as a new two-disc set, so I hesitate to give away something I might eventually want to sell.

I mean, this is no longer a hobby.
If I had saved or invested all the money we earned while we were touring I might be living on it now.  (I actually thought of buying Apple stock during the time when Steve Jobs was out and that stock was in the toilet!) But instead we spent the money on cocaine (mostly, though not entirely, Art's) and on clothes and jewelry (my retaliation; though I have to add I used a diamond ring to pay for the tile floor I'm standing on right now).

This record company is a joy AND a business.  I need to sell albums in order to make & restock albums, but I also need to share this stuff. And the thanks I get from fans makes me so happy.

So I justify this giveaway because the track is incomplete and the audio is kind of boomy.  AND the music is terrific.  (They play Patricia and Goodbye at this session, too, though Goodbye was recorded with a dying battery and so needs Wayne Peet's magic to rescue it from Bee Gees land.)

Anyway, the track is free, but donations toward more albums and freebies are gratefully accepted.  Don't want any coke, but diamonds, rubies, gold, and healthy stocks are always welcomed in lieu of cash.


  1. Laurie, I really appreciate the freebies. I suspect that very few jazz widows are able to effectively manage the tapes of their artist as well as you do. I am a real fan of Bill Evans and sorely wish that his estate and surfaced recordings could have been better managed with the listeners and jazz lovers in mind. Concord Records has locked up some 40 hours of tapes purchased from supreme surreptitious recordist and Evans uber-fan Mike Harris that will probably never be released in his, nor my lifetime. You are the only widow or girl friend that is truly keeping her/his artist "alive" for his/her fans and advancing their art. Bravo.

  2. Ohhh, that's CRIMINAL! Maybe somebody will be able to license them from Concord someday? Not me! But that's a very sad story. Thanks for the note. L.

  3. Thanks again. It has been so nice to collect these gems a bit at a time. It is much appreciated.