Thursday Night At Village Vanguard

Art Pepper

Thursday Night At Village Vanguard
  • CAT # OJCCD-694-25

    1. Valse Triste 11:32
    2. Goodbye 12:29
    3. Blues For Les 11:58
    4. My Friend John 9:52
    5. Blues For Heard 12:16

Art Pepper's triumphant Village Vanguard engagements in the summer of 1977, during the alto saxophonist's first U.S. tour as a leader, are the stuff of legend; and they were captured by his friend and longtime producer Les Koenig for what became four albums that chronicle his belated rise to jazz preeminence. This first volume is one of Pepper's most intensely personal collections, with the opening "Valse Triste" only suggesting the depths plumbed on "Goodbye" and "Blues for Les." Pianist George Cables, bassist George Mraz, and drummer Elvin Jones make up the exceptional rhythm section.

with George Cables, George Mraz, Elvin Jones

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