Pepper, Art + Eleven

Contemporary, 2002CD
Instrument: Saxophone

Issue: 9.1w

Jazz Ruler Type: BigBand
O's Jazz Ruler

Performance: 5
Performance Chart

Sound: 4-
Sound Chart

Score Chart

O’s Notes: There’ a sense of well-coordinated rhythm that hits you from the first few notes on this CD. There are two swinging large ensemble groupings surrounding Pepper on sax and clarinet including the hot rhythm section of Russ Freeman (p), Joe Mondragon (b) and Mel Lewis (d). This formula works not only because of the musicians but also because of the strong arrangements of modern jazz classics: “Airegin”, “Bernie’s Tune” and “Groovin’ High” to name a few. A masterpiece from 1959, no doubts!