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The Art of Pepper: Art Pepper’s Aladdin Recordings

Art PepperIn the mid-1950s Art Pepper had already served two prison terms on narcotics charges and was struggling to re-ignite the promising solo career he’d started several years earlier after leaving Stan Kenton’s orchestra. 1956 was a spectacular year for Pepper, and the recordings he did for the Aladdin label, featuring West Coast greats such as pianists Russ Freeman and Carl Perkins and trumpeter Jack Sheldon, are still considered as some of the finest albums that he ever did. For more about Art Pepper’s colorful career and life, read his autobiography Straight Life.

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Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)
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Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)

Notes: Opening theme.

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Surf Ride
Art Pepper — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1957)
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Broadway
Art Pepper — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1956)

Notes: W/Jack Sheldon on trumpet

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Patricia
Art Pepper — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1956)

Notes: W/Jack Sheldon on trumpet

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Pepper Steak
Art Pepper — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1956)
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Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
Art Pepper — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1956)
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Diane's Dilemma
Art Pepper — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1957)
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Blues In
Art Pepper — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1956)

Notes: Music bed for break

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What Is This Thing Called Love
Art Pepper — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1956)

Notes: With tenor saxophonist Bill Perkins.

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A Foggy Day
Art Pepper — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1956)

Notes: With tenor saxophonist Bill Perkins.

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Holiday Flight
Art Pepper — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1957)

Notes: With pianist Carl Perkins.

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Without a Song
Art Pepper — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1957)

Notes: W/pianist Carl Perkins.

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The Breeze & I
Art Pepper — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1957)
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Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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