This CD includes the complete original Art Pepper album 'Gettin Together!' Following the trend of his earlier LP, Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section, the saxophonist is paired here with the Miles Davis Quintet rhythm section of the period, consisting of Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb, plus trumpeter Conte Candoli on three tracks. A complete quintet session featuring Bill Perkins and Jimmy Rowles has been added as a bonus.
Shortly after this session, Pepper would be sentenced to prison on a drug charge and sent to San Quentin, where he would stay until 1964. He would serve a second sentence there in 1964-65. Peppers actual rehabilitation would take longer than his prison sentence. After the 1960 album Intensity, he wouldnt record a studio session under his own name until 1973.
01. Whims Of Chambers 7:00
02. Bijou The Poodle 6:04
03. Why Are We Afraid? 3:40
04. Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise 7:00
05. Rhythm-A-Ning 7:19
06. Diane 5:08
07. Gettin Together 6:59
08. The Way You Look Tonight 6:40 *
09. Gettin Together [Alt. Tk] 8:52 *
10. What Is This Thing Called Love? 5:32 *
11. A Foggy Day 3:56 *
12. Diane-A-Flow 4:04 *
13. Zenobia 5:17 *
Total time: 77:28 min.
Tracks #1-7, from the original 12" album
"Art Pepper -Gettin' Together!"
(*) Bonus tracks not on the original album
Personnel on tracks #1-9:
Art Pepper (alto sax, tenor sax, only on #2,7 & 9), Conte Candoli (trumpet, only on #1,2 & 5), Wynton Kelly (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), and Jimmy Cobb (drums).
Recorded in Los Angeles, California, on February 29, 1960
Personnel on #10-13:
Art Pepper (alto & tenor sax), Bill Perkins (tenor sax), Jimmy Rowles (piano), Ben Tucker (bass), and Mel Lewis (drums)
Recorded in Los Angeles, on December 11, 1956.
Contemporary session produced by Lester Koenig
Engineers: Howard Holzer & Roy DuNann
"As a sort of follow-up to Art Pepper's matchup with Miles Davis' trio in the 1957 classic Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section, Pepper utilizes Davis' sidemen on this 1960 near-classic. In addition to pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Jimmy Cobb, trumpeter Conte Candoli makes the group a quintet on four of the eight numbers. This time around, rather than emphasizing standards, Pepper performs just three ("Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise," Thelonious Monk's "Rhythm-A-Ning," and "The Way You Look Tonight") and includes three originals of his own: "Diane," "Bijou the Poodle," and "Gettin' Together." The music is all very straight-ahead and bop-oriented, but as usual, Pepper brings something very personal and unique to his playing; he sounds like no one else.
Some reissues add "The Way You Look Tonight" (formerly only available on another LP) and an alternate take of the title cut to the original repertoire."
Scott Yanow -All Music Guide