Art Pepper had a rough life from the get-go. He was the child of two violent alcoholics but found salvation in music after he went to live with his grandmother. Pepper was jamming in Los Angeles by the time he was 13 and began playing professionally with Benny Carter at 17.
Pepper’s life remained chaotic, but his music gave him a solid place with the jazz greats of his day, particularly the West Coast jazz family.
Here he is with the Bob Haggart/Johnny Burke standard, “What’s New,” recorded in 1956 but not released until it was included on his 1972 album, The Way It Was! He’s joined by Ronnie Ball on piano, Ben Tucker on bass, Gary Frommer on drums.
Put on your slow dancin’ shoes for this one, Jazzbabies…you’ll be glad you did. Yep, yep, yep.