Reference: FSRCD 395
Hersh Hamel is a bass player out of Los Angeles that has been playing and composing since the early 50's. He played with Teddy Edwards, Hampton Haves, Sonny Criss, Walter Benton and Dexter Gordon. He was Chet Baker's first regular bass player in Los Angeles. He met Art Pepper in the eraly 50's and he played in Art Pepper's exciting quartet in 1964 featuring Bill Goodwin and Frank Strazzeri. He worked with Art again in 1967.
In this particular work, Hersh formed this group in 1974 as an experimental group of jazz improvisation. Art Pepper at this point was interested in the different approaches of music as, at the time, the rock and soul influences were marked and strong outside jazz.
This recording documents a particular time in the development of Pepper and Hersh, perhaps one in which Pepper has not been heard before.
1. Mr. Yes 5:03
2. Image Before You 6:34
3. Feels Good 8:33
4. Song of Ecstasy 6:43
5. Come to Me 7:25
6. Dance Now 2:59
Recorded in Hollywood, Summer 1975.