CD: Art Pepper

PepperArt Cover.jpgArt Pepper, The Art History Project (Widow’s Taste). This is the latest segment in Laurie Pepper’s guided tour of her husband’s musical life. It begins in 1950 with the alto saxophonist on Stan Kenton’s band and ends a year before his death in 1982. About a third of the music is previously unreleased. All of it is fascinating. Whether Pepper is full of youth and optimism in the ’50s, obsessing over Coltrane in the ’60s or declaring his persona in a blistering blues in the ’80s, we hear in this three-CD set one of the music’s indomitable individualists.

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