Pepper is cool
Stefanie N | Schuyler, VA | 05/05/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This album embodies the West Coast Cool sound of the late 50's/early 60's. Pepper is unfailingly melodic and lays back behind the beat. It's much different than the explosive approach of Charlie Parker. "Your Mean to Me" which includes vibes is a perfect example of the ambience. "Mambo de la Pinta" is a great pick-me-up. My mood is always better after hearing that selection. If you like straight-ahead melodic jazz of that era I think you will enjoy this album. A wonderful musician expressing a particular time and place."
bruce horner | 08/07/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My vinyl copy of this is badly warped, so it's a pleasure to have the digital version. With an artist as prolific as Art Pepper was it's hard to come right out and say that any collection of tracks was his BEST, but this is one the things I listen to most often. Both volumes are highly recommended, and by rights should be packaged in one jewel case. For anyone new to Pepper, check out "Yardbird Suite," "Straight Life," or "You Go To My Head" (or anything else on this CD for that matter) for proof that he was a first-echelon bopper."