Recorded in late 1956 and released in early 1957, the same year as the landmark Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section, The Art Pepper Quartet (Art Pepper: saxophone; Russ Freeman: piano; Ben Tucker: bass; Gary Fromer: drums) is back on vinyl for Record Store Day 2017. Mastered from the original mono tapes by Kevin Gray, this is not only a reissue for the (multi-generational) ages, it's the album's first appearance on vinyl in far too long. Now on clear wax, reproducing the original art and liner notes on an era-correct "tip-on" jacket, the project was overseen by Art's widow, Laurie Pepper, and Grammy-winning producer Cheryl Pawelski. To make this pressing even more special and unique, the alternate take of "Blues At Twilight" has been included as a bonus track. A gem on all fronts--this is how Jazz should be experienced. All analog chain from tape to vinyl, with beautiful packaging. Ladies and Gentlemen, The Art Pepper Quartet.
SIDE A: 01 Art’s Opus 02 I Surrender Dear 03 Diane 04 Pepper Pot
SIDE B: 01 Bésame Mucho 02 Blues At Twilight 03 Val’s Play 04 Blues At Twilight (Alternate)