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Art Pepper, Renascence

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Art Pepper, Renascence

Audio CD

Disk ID: 184156

Disk length: 51m 43s (4 Tracks)

Original Release Date: 2000

Label: Unknown

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“Renascence” Tracks & Durations

1. Good Bait14:58
2. What Laurie Likes18:19
3. Here's That Rainy Day 6:09
4. Straight Life12:13

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This late-period Art Pepper CD is neither a must-have recording nor something so slight that it should be labeled "for Pepper completists only." It captures the alto saxophonist at a San Francisco club date in September 1975, a pivotal period in his career. Just a month earlier, after a drug-related prison stint, he had completed Living Legend, his first studio recording in 15 years. Like Legend, Renascence finds Pepper brimming with ideas and in stylistic flux, moving away from the sweeter, lighter tone of his early days toward a deeper sonority and a beseeching quality influenced by John Coltrane. The difference between the discs is partly sidemen--instead of Legend's Hampton Hawes, Charlie Haden, and Shelley Manne in the studio, Pepper makes do with a decent but hardly distinctive local rhythm section on the bandstand. Renascence also bristles from the live setting, with the uptempo "What Laurie Likes" even more free-wheeling than its studio counterpart, and the ballad "Here's That Rainy Day" more uneven, though still filled with the sort of plaintive pain and beauty that summed up Pepper's star-crossed life and was his stylistic stock-in-trade. Tadd Dameron's "Good Bait" and Pepper's "Straight Life" round out the disc. --Britt Robson