The Complete Village Vanguard Sessions

Art Pepper

The Complete Village Vanguard Sessions
  • CAT # 9CCD-4417-25

    DISC ONE  
    1. Spoken Introduction
    2. Blues For Heard 12:16
    3. Spoken Introduction
    4. Scrapple From The Apple 11:34
    5. Spoken Introduction
    6. But Beautiful 10:37
    7. Spoken Introduction
    8. My Friend John 9:52
    9. Spoken Introduction
    10. Cherokee 4:49
    11. Blues For Heard 12:03
    DISC TWO  
    1. Spoken Introduction
    2. For Freddie 11:21
    3. Spoken Introduction
    4. Valse Triste 11:32
    5. Spoken Introduction
    6. Live At The Vanguard 18:32
    7. Spoken Introduction
    8. Caravan (Instrumental) 4:00
    9. Blues For Heard 12:03
    DISC THREE  
    1. Spoken Introduction
    2. Over The Rainbow 6:49
    3. Spoken Introduction
    4. The Trip 12:34
    5. Blues For Les 11:58
    6. A Night In Tunisia 5:57
    DISC FOUR  
    1. Introduction
    2. No Limit 13:03
    3. Spoken Introduction
    4. Valse Triste 11:15
    5. Spoken Introduction
    6. My Friend John 9:21
    7. Spoken Introduction
    8. You Go To My Head 11:59
    9. Cherokee 16:15
    10. Blues For Heard 12:03
    DISC FIVE  
    1. Blues For Heard 12:03
    2. Anthropology 3:22
    3. These Foolish Things 8:13
    4. For Freddie 11:21
    5. Blues For Heard 12:03
    DISC SIX  
    1. Spoken Introduction
    2. Las Cuevas De Mario 7:06
    3. Spoken Introduction
    4. Stella By Starlight 8:52
    5. Spoken Introduction
    6. Goodbye 2:40
    7. Spoken Introduction
    8. Vanguard Max 12:32
    9. Blues For Heard 12:03
    DISC SEVEN  
    1. Vanguard Max 12:32
    2. Spoken Introduction
    3. Las Cuevas De Mario 11:20
    4. Spoken Introduction
    5. Goodbye 12:29
    6. Spoken Introduction
    7. For Freddie 10:43
    8. Blues For Heard 12:03
    DISC EIGHT  
    1. Spoken Introduction
    2. My Friend John 9:21
    3. Introduction
    4. More For Les 15:32
    5. Cherokee 2:33
    6. Blues For Heard 12:03
    DISC NINE  
    1. For Freddie 11:21
    2. More For Les 15:17
    3. Caravan 13:58
    4. Labyrinth 12:18
    5. My Friend John 9:21

"You have come to see history made,"Art Pepper informs the audience as this session begins. The promise came from his artist's heart, and he kept it. In July of 1977 at the Village Vanguard, with a dream band (George Cables, George Mraz, and Elvin Jones), Art gave us these three nights of pivotal, swinging, disturbing, absolutely beautiful jazz. He was 51 years old. He was at the outset of his last and best comeback, and this was an emotionally loaded debut for him--as a bandleader in the Big Apple and as a leader of a live recording date. Four very successful albums were the result.

Now, in this box (which includes 24 previously unreleased tracks), we have the whole thing for the first time, intact in every way, chronological and unedited. Art's onstage talk and Laurie Pepper's written reminiscence put his remarkable performance in context and the listener in the picture--as dramatic a picture as any in Art's eventful life.

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