Art Pepper .... tim price

 

Art stood in a lane of his own.

a badass player

a natural genius

some real searching

things to say


playing ""complex""

changes  in any

 tempo. 

 

he HEARD the time

got up on it

 

with the drummer’s right hand stuff

 

depth

 

 on ballads- he told a story. That IS

 what’s missing today- NOBODY’S TELLING

A STORY OF THEIR

 OWN.
They all sound great, but it’s just the SOS.

 

Art NEVER was boring.

 " Straight Life". That’s a real person there

not no PC Mr Rogers crap.

 a life...YOU CAN HEAR

 

IT

 

 WHEN HE BLOWS.
 
 
a man on a mission.

 

Plus-

 his years in prison are
another thing. some nasty

dues...  


Art

the level of him

we might not ever see
again!!!!!!
I saw

all

 

6 nights of him with Elvin in 1976 in NyC. I quit the stupid

 gig I was doing and got into the Vanguard and sat in front

 of Art every nite. Drooling....

 

on myself diggin'

him.

 

GENIUS....

 

Later that week I saw Ornette and Art was in the front

 row diggin Ornette. Ornette was at most of Art’s Vanguard

 gigs... Ornette waving at Art to say hi. For a second-I thought
,,,,,,,,SHIT..........maybe they'll jam?!?!?!?

 

But it was

 

 cool.


Art looked like a thug in those years, but the beauty was

 

 within.


Seeing him 6 nites in a row taught me something. One set, his reed
 half broken and he just kept wailing....killin lines and

 

deep

 

beyond

 

 that hunk of metal..

ART PEPPER HAD TO PLAY. He had _

no other _choice
it was

 in him

 

 

listen

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