Art Pepper

With his lyrical, swinging style, alto saxophonist Art Pepper is recognized as one of the major jazz stars to emerge out of the West Coast jazz scene of the 1950s. A gifted soloist by his teens, Pepper initially drew attention touring as a member Stan Kenton's band before launching his solo career. He achieved almost instant fame, famously finishing second behind Charlie Parker as best alto saxophonist (he also occasionally played clarinet and tenor sax) in the 1952 DownBeat magazine readers' poll. Along with artists like Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Shelly Manne, and others, Pepper became synonymous with the laid-back West Coast jazz sound. However, he was also a heroin addict, and his career was often sidelined due to drug-related stints in prison. Nonetheless, he remained a vital performer, issuing albums like 1959's Plus Eleven and 1960's Intensity. After entering the Synanon drug...

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Albums featuring Art Pepper

46 records