Rifftides is on the back burner for a few days. The proprietor is immersed in annotating an extensive project involving Art Pepper’s early recordings for the Contemporary label. Details will follow—eventually. For now, here’s the alto saxophonist from a 1960 session. Pepper (1925-1982) once said that his playing on this version of “Autumn Leaves” was “an example of me at my best.”
Art Pepper with Dolo Coker, piano; Jimmy Bond, bass; and Frank Butler, drums, November, 1960, Los Angeles.
P.S. Jim Pepper’s inclusion in the Related section below is purely because of the coincidence of the last name he shared with Art. They were not related and, to the best of my knowledge, never played together.