Complete Village Vanguard

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Devoted fans of alto saxophonist Art Pepper share a fascination with Chet Baker fans. They find Pepper’s excesses, so flatly confessed in his autobiography, Straight Life, great fodder for intense listening–which they are. Pepper had a rare talent for playing as if his horn were a lens on his torment. He played cushioned, cool melodies in the California jazz heyday and then went off to prison and hardscrabble years as an infamous heroin addict. By the time he performed the music on this…

A lavish nine-disc boxed set that contains all 45 uninterrupted takes from Art Pepper’s legendary stay at the Village Vanguard! Any Pepper fan will find a lot to treasure here: A Night in Tunisia; You Go to My Head; These Foolish Things; Labyrinth; My Friend John; Valse Triste; But Beautiful; Caravan; More for Les ; a solo sax rendition of Somewhere over the Rainbow ; radically-different alternate takes; witty between-song banter and spoken introductions, and more, plus an essay in the l…

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Complete Village Vanguard