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.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


Here is a whole half of a tune (almost 7 minutes!) included in the 3 Disc set, UNRELEASED ART: VOLUME 9 - Art Pepper & Warne Marsh at Donte's, April 26, 1974! 


Or YOU CAN SKIP ALL THIS AND DOWNLOAD THE FREEBIE (BOTTOM OF THE PAGE). (and you can donate if you wish. This was an expensive album to produce.)

From the liner note: Donna Lee is one of my favorite bebop tunes in the world. It's got this oddly oblique melody that enchants me-and it's my favorite track on this album. And because we're at a jam session, we excuse occasional confusions and mistakes. Donna Lee is supposed to stop on a dime.John Heard forgets and plays another note, then cleans that up, and everybody laughs.

A number of people remark on Warne's "cerebral" approach, but what I hear from Warne on this track is rock-solid: it's swinging, and exception­ally cheery. And then, along comes Art. Bringing excitement. This is what jazz can be, ought to always be: Exhilaration rules! Underneath the audience applause, you hear Art's satisfaction; "Yeah," he tells the band.

Photos above from booklet: Art's life, Warne's life in 1974

Well, it's ALMOST
7 minutes.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016


Name that Tune-- It's the July Freebie, "High Jingo," Art Pepper, Lee Konitz, Mike Lang, Bob Magnusson, John Dentz. Here's the anecdote: Instead of beginning a particular standard with the melody, Mike Lang, the pianist, opened it improvising. So, being a typical wily music publisher, I named it High Jingo (what the Japanese named the album) & I claimed it. Some musicians will recognize the changes but I'm not saying. It's the July Freebie on Widow's Taste.

DOWNLOAD THE FREEBIE HERE: Select "Buy Now" to download the track for free (or you COULD name a price and donate). If you want more, Click on "Buy the Digital Album." I'm offering the whole Lee Konitz/Art Pepper Atlas date (for sale) as well— along with a pdf of notes and photos. https://artpepper.bandcamp.com/album/high-jingo-art-pepper-lee-konitz

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Happy 4th of July in the land of the FREEBIE!!!!

I'm putting together some tracks for a radio interview. I was asked to record a reading from "ART" as well. So I've uploaded the tracks AND the reading. THE READING IS FREE. If you're a fan, you already own the other tracks. They're some of my favorites. All will stream for your delight, free of charge.

The Photo below is of me listening to Art at Pasquales, a great jazz club by the sea back in the day.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

FREE: Appetizer: Art Pepper & Warne Marsh at Donte's in 1974

just the tiniest taste. I'll post more of these appetizers, until release...

The Good News: Found 4 more tracks recorded at this date, which means we have a total of fourteen tracks (14!) of Art Pepper and Warne Marsh live at Donte's. The Bad News: This find, and the necessity of remastering EVERYTHING, adds cost, and time.  So, the release date has been changed from September to November 11, 2016.  I'll continue to post these fragments. All will be free. Today 'Round Midnight.

Friday, May 13, 2016

It's the Merry Month of the May FREEBIE plus Excellent Offer

Diane is one of 32 professionally recorded tracks for John Snyder's Artists House label. It was recorded in New York in February of 1979 with Art Pepper, Hank Jones, Ron Carter, Al Foster. Also included in this complete set are all the tracks recorded in Los Angeles in May, 1979 with George Cables, Charlie Haden, and Billy Higgins. Diane is FREE. But if you pay for the whole set, you'll also get a downloadable, beauteous, gossip-filled, photo-filled liner note. P.S. Art plays both alto sax and clarinet, and there are five solo tracks (27 through 32), recorded in New York and never released anywhere, ever.

To get just the freebie, click HERE and select buy. Enter zero (or more) in the payment box.

To check out the whole thing (there are several streamable selections) click HERE

Most of these tracks were eventually released by Fantasy/Galaxy Records on the Art Pepper (16 CDs) Complete Galaxy Box. Which is only available on iTunes. Without, I might add, photos or liner note of any kind.
Many have been released on top quality vinyl by Acoustic Sounds.
Tracks which are included in the Galaxy box but otherwise only released in Japan are shown with one asterisk *. Tracks included in the Galaxy Box but never anywhere else are shown with two asterisks **. Most of the solo tracks have never been released anywhere ever. They're marked with two asterisks **
Members of the famed Kitchen Cabinet have been sent a download code for a 20% discount.
P.S. The photo shows Art Pepper at Kendun Recorders in L.A. with three producers: In the doorway, John Koenig, son of Lester (Contemporary Records) Ed Michel (soon to be Art's producer at Fantasy Records), and John Snyder, producer of this set.

Here are the tracks in the COMPLETE collection.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Spring is here, and hold on to your hats! P.S. Freebie NEXT WEEK.

These are the Artists House Sessions, recorded in 1979 by John Snyder—Art Pepper on alto sax and clarinet—for his label. In New York with Hank Jones, Ron Carter, Al Foster (Tracks 1 through 8); and in Los Angeles with George Cables, Charlie Haden, Billy Higgins (tracks 9 through 26). There are five solo tracks (27 through 32), recorded in New York, and never released anywhere, ever.

Most of these tracks were eventually released by Fantasy/Galaxy Records on the Art Pepper (16 CDs) Complete Galaxy Box. Which is no longer available.
Many have been released on top quality vinyl by Acoustic Sounds.
But some tracks have only been released in Japan (shown with one asterisk *) And some have never been released before except in the box set. (shown with two **)
 This complete set will be made available for digital download on May 10th on Bandcamp as a “BluePlate Special from the Widow’s Kitchen”.
 Members of the famed Kitchen Cabinet will be sent a download code for a 20% discount.
P.S. The photo shows Art Pepper at Kendun Recorders in L.A. with three producers: In the doorway, John Koenig, son of Lester, Ed Michel (soon to be Art's producer at Fantasy Records), and John Snyder. Producer of this set. Also, in the slideshow, the L.A. band.

ArtistshouseAgain from Laurie Pepper on Vimeo.

Here's what you'll be getting if you get it:

Monday, March 7, 2016

MARCH FREEBIE: in the studio with DONNA LEE

Go back through time and space and enter the studio at Kendun Recorders in Los Angeles in May of 1979. Introducing a new kind of Freebie: SECRET OUTTAKES. I've acquired some uncut, unissued tracks of music recorded for the Artists House album, and this incomplete track was recorded in L.A. by producer John Snyder (he's the white guy in the photo holding the camera). The band could not be more wonderful: George Cables, piano, Charlie Haden, bass, Billy Higgins, Drums, and of course Art Pepper.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE the talk at the end of the track, because it takes me back to that exciting time, when Art Pepper was well into his big comeback and playing so well with such wonderful artists! Join me and them in the studio for eight delightful minutes!

I love my work, because it's Art
And if you're a fan, you'll play YOUR part
The song is free
But the work takes time
The music's sublime
But the effort is mine...
to research and fix it
and present it & mix it.
The next release
is bound to please,
but the choosing the writing, compiling, and layout
the shipping. receiving, the clearing and payout
for mastering, printing, manufacturing and so on
are all up to me, and I promise to go on
posting, releasing, and loving to do it.
as you, the fans, support me all through it.
If you're a member of the Kitchen Cabinet, don't donate unless you're feeling wealthy. If you're not and you're feeling broke, of course, don't bother! If you've donated a bunch in the past, ditto. But if you've been downloading these tracks for free for a while, feel GUILTY. And donate. I promise, you'll feel so much better if you do.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

FREEBIE under the wire! (Not Midnight Yet in L.A.)

FREE: MY FUNNY VALENTINE Art Pepper at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago, 1977 With Willie Pickens, Steve Rodby, Wilbur Campbell

If you don't already have the Jazz Showcase session, download 6 other tracks from the same gig. More than fifty minutes of music for 5$ for this week only. Complete with liner notes: get it HERE.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Darn that Dream? Wake up, it's the January Freebie!

Darn the dream of being able to play to an attentive audience.

I remember this 1981 gig in Washington, D.C. mainly because Art came down off the stage during the set and told me to stop shushing the audience—a bunch of drunken middle-aged men accompanied by what looked like hookers. Art said that if they took offense at my scolding and insulted me, he’d have to fight them all. Art was old school and couldn’t let anybody mess with his woman, no matter how obnoxious she decided to be.
(At the one-minute mark, you can actually hear someone start to WHISTLE along! The guy paid to go to a nightclub where…  Oh nevermind.)

The song, Darn that Dream, is lovely, the performances are beautiful. Even though Milcho Leviev's solo is very short, it’s one of his great ones. Gene Perla is on bass, Barry Altschul is the drummer. The tape is noisy. I’ve done the best I could to remove a nasty buzz without crippling the sound. (I think I made the original recording. Not sure, though.)