Art Pepper ‎– Mosaic Select

Mosaic Records (2) ‎– MS-015
Mosaic Select – 15
Box Set, Compilation, Limited Edition, Numbered
3 × CD

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#1-1 to 1-10
Recorded at Capitol Studios, Los Angeles on August 1956.
Originally issued on THE RETURN OF ART PEPPER (Jazz West JWLP-10)

#1-11 to 1-15
Recorded at Western Recorders, Los Angeles on January 3, 1957
Originally issued on COLLECTIONS - JOE MORELLO (Intro ILP-608)

#2-1 to 2-5
Recorded at Radio Recorders, Los Angeles on December 28, 1956
#2-6 to 2-10
Recorded at Master Recorder, Los Angeles on January 14, 1957
#2-1 to 2-8 Originally issued on MODERN ART (Intro ILP-606)
#2-9 & 2-10 originally issued on the CD version of MODERN ART (Blue Note B2-46868)

#2-11 to 2-15
Recorded at the Radio Annex Studio in Los Angeles on December 11, 1956
"Angel Eyes", which does not include Pepper, originally issued on SOLO FLIGHT (Pacific Jazz JWC 505)
All others originally issued on JUST FRIENDS - BILL PERKINS Pacific Jazz PJM 401

#3-1 to 3-15
Recorded at Audio Arts, Los Angeles on April 1, 1957
The alternate takes were originally issued on THE ART OF THE ART Nadja (Japan) PA-3140/41.
All others originally issued on THE ART OF PEPPER (Omega reel-to-reel tapes OMT 7020 & ST-2030)

#3-1 to 3-15 are stereo. All others are mono.

Note: The periodic cymbal distortion on #3-1 to 3-15 is in the original tapes, as is the flutter at 1:56 of "Holiday Flight", the drop-out at 5:06 of "Begin The Beguine" and the muffled audio at 3:48 on "Surf City".


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January 7, 2014
Description from Mosaic website:
"Like Bud Shank, Art Pepper was a West Coast alto saxophonist deeply under the spell of Charlie Parker when everyone around him was more influenced by the cool school of Lester Young and Miles Davis. It is precisely the confluence of those two musical approaches that enabled Pepper (and Shank) to develop a warm, vibrant sound and a unique style rooted in Bird and graced with Pres's thoughtful lyricism.

As these 1956-57 Aladdin recordings attest, there can be little doubt that during the mid-to-late 1950s Art Pepper was at one of the several performing peaks that characterized his career in jazz, playing with great assurance, imaginative resourcefulness and burning intensity. They represent some of this alto saxophonist's best and most gripping work. Throughout, he plays with riveting passion and beauty, surrounded by his peers. This set starts with The Return Of, a quintet date with Jack Sheldon, Russ Freeman, Leroy Vinnegar and Shelly Manne. Modern Art, which features Freeman, Ben Tucker and Chuck Flores, includes two bonus tracks. Carl Perkins, Tucker and Flores are on the extended Art Of Pepper date, originally issued only on reel-to-reel tape, which includes three alternate takes.

Also in the set are five tunes from a Joe Morello session, on which Pepper makes one of this earliest appearances on tenor, and a Bill Perkins date featuring Pepper made during the same time frame for Pacific Jazz.

For each of these exceptional sessions, we have returned to the original master tapes and remastered them in 24-bit with greatly improved results from all previous issues."