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New York Album
Genres: Jazz, Pop
After prison, after first shocking, then disappointing, and perhaps ultimately (and grimly) amusing the jazz world with enough dope-related hijinks to fill a book (as in Straight Life), alto saxist Art Pepper made a triump... more »
After prison, after first shocking, then disappointing, and perhaps ultimately (and grimly) amusing the jazz world with enough dope-related hijinks to fill a book (as in Straight Life), alto saxist Art Pepper made a triumphant mid-1970s comeback. This 1979 session is rich with the fruits of Pepper's return, a depth of playing that shows itself constantly throughout the New York Album's five tunes. Pepper, as his widow, Laurie, notes in the liners, was always best when out to prove himself. Here, he's out to show pianist Hank Jones, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Al Foster that he's still a force to reckon with. "A Night in Tunisia" is fascinating, if a trifle straightly read, as is "Straight, No Chaser." The best bits here, though, are Pepper's yearning solo rendition of "Lover Man," the piano-bass duo on "Duo Blues," and the blazing, off-time take on "My Friend John," one of the leader's funkiest charts ever. This reissue of New York is additionally bolstered by terrific audiophile sound, the hallmark of Analogue Productions' work in the jazz world. --Andrew Bartlett
Soulful art pepper
(5 out of 5 stars)
"art pepper's distinctive styling, that's compelling and addicting to listen to, is evident on this recording. it's a great recording to hear him at his best. but i know it's not his best work because the band on this recording does not seem to be able to keep up with him, and they don't seem to quite connect with him. only the pianist hank jones seems to approach what art can do. the drums and bass do not seem up to the task. but it's still a great recording because it conveys a sense of art pepper's potential. it makes me wonder if he really ever had the right band, or the right band at the right time, in his career. so now i have to sit and listen to my other art pepper recordings. his true potential, distinctive styling and very soulful, is evident here."