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Album Review

Ever since Artie Shaw and Charlie Parker, most jazz musicians have had a desire to record at least once in their lives with strings, often considering it a prestigious honor. Altoist Art Pepper finally had his chance on this album and fortunately the string arrangements (by Bill Holman and Jimmy Bond) do not weigh down the proceedings. Pepper sounds quite inspired performing seven strong compositions highlighted by Hoagy Carmichael's "Winter Moon," "When the Sun Comes Out" and a clarinet feature on "Blues in the Night." This material (plus four alternate takes and two other songs from the same sessions) is included in the massive Art Pepper Galaxy box set.

Customer Reviews

Oh sooooo soothing!!!!

I purchased Winter Moon to accompany me during a recent article I was writing. I found myself craving a steak, a bottle of Hartswell Cabernet and a good friend. Great music!

This is one fine tune....

I can almost feel myself driving in my 65 Chrysler with the 8-track playing this tune. It brings back memories of Mr. Lucky, The Days of Wine and Roses, For All We Know and more. It just doesn't get much better.

Art Pepper as schmaltz

Art Pepper with strings...kinda...yucky. If you don't know him, start with +Eleven or Smack Up or something like that. In days of old it was the height of sophistication and prestige for a jazz musician to be recorded with a full string section. It was a mark of respect from the recording company. Billie Holiday was so gratified when she was finally paid the compliment that she considered "Lady in Satin" her favorite recording to the end of her life, even though it's...well, it's Billie with strings, which translates to modern ears as schmaltzy drek. I don't care for it, and would probably pick that album last of hers. A string section is a great way to ruin almost any record if you ask me. Louis Armstrong also did some relatively awful records with full string section. Art Pepper with strings...hmm, I don't know. Seems fairly awful to me. Not outright bad, certainly, but sort of in bad taste.


Born: September 1, 1925 in Gardena, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Despite a remarkably colorful and difficult life, Art Pepper was quite consistent in the recording studios; virtually every recording he made is well worth owning. In the 1950s he was one of the few altoists (along with Lee Konitz and Paul Desmond) who was able to develop his own sound despite the dominant influence of Charlie Parker. During his last years, Pepper seemed to put all of his life's experiences into his music and he played with startling emotional intensity. After a brief stint with...
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