Weekend Extra: Spoon And Pepper Reunited

In 1981, Art Pepper sat in with Jimmy Witherspoon at The Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, California. Their acquaintance went back to the early 1950s when the Central Avenue jazz scene in Los Angeles was thriving.

Pepper died the following year at the age of 56, Witherspoon in 1997 at 77.

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  1. says

    Thanks for the clip, Doug —

    Very moving Art, in both meanings 😉

    There is a German proverb (unfortunately only understood by humorous linguistic experts) which has been brought up by one of my band members, who once gave me a picture with Art Pepper:

    “Hier ist so ‘ne Art Pfeffer für Dich…” … which means “Here’s kinda Pepper for you…” :)

    My favorite albums with Art Pepper are:

    Any album where he plays one of his many versions of “Besame Mucho”, “Gettin’ Together” (with our hero Conte Candoli), “…Meets The Rhythm Section”, “Smack Up!” (with Jack Sheldon), “The Trip”, “Winter Moon”, the unique “Art Pepper + Eleven – Modern Jazz Classics” where he is switching from alto to tenor and clarinet, sometimes at one and the very same track (arranged by Marty Paich), and the complete session of “Playboys” (with Chet Baker), you can find under the title “The Route” HERE, or at other places on the internet.

    This last one is a very good example of a complete contemporary CD release because it combines all tracks from this legendary meeting, which have been lovelessly scattered over four different LPs or more in the past.

    It’s a must-have if you love the Art of Pepper :)