'Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section'
This is a remastered re-release of what's considered one of Pepper's greatest recordings from the late '50s.
The word "The" in the Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section album title calls attention to the presence of three-fifths of Miles Davis’ legendary quintet of the late-1950s. And Hill District-born bassist Paul Chambers was there, strumming and bowing in inevitably infectious, inventive ways along with pianist Red Garland and, from the other side of this state, drummer Philly Joe Jones.
This is a remastered re-release of what’s considered one of Pepper’s greatest recordings from the late ’50s. In funky bluesiness, he wastes no time exploring the roots and edges of 10 pieces, including a few by him, Garland and Chambers along with bop standards.
Among the satisfactions: Pepper’s jumping "Straight Life" and a modern take on the old Dixieland item "Jazz Me Blues." Garland, too, was famed for funkiness and adds extra grooviness.
Chambers constantly develops fresh ideas that, as always, define him as one of the greatest jazz bassists ever.
"Imagination," which is softly swinging, gets close to tenderness with Pepper’s eloquence.
Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section by Art Pepper; Contemporary Music Group CD.