Art Pepper: Stuttgart, May 25, 1981 - JazzWax

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wen mew

i've seen him with the hernia and the corset. i would have thought it would have affected his diaphram and hence his breathing, but apparently it didn't.

Doug Zielke

When Laurie announced the Widow's Taste release of "Stuttgart May 27, 1981", I wasted no time in getting the CD.

Listen, Pepper the CD and forget the downloads. That way you get more of Laurie's wonderful photos and notes with the CD.

The music is **energetic** to say the least!
Laurie mentions there was this somewhat constant tension between pianist, Milcho Leviev and Art. Art thought Milcho was a "show-off". Well, the man does have some incredible chops; he swings like a damn axe!! Milcho's piano is in tune and miked very well.

A great performance from all players, with excellent sound on every cut. Buy it!
And thank you, Laurie. Keep the music coming!

Jason Crane | The Jazz Session

Hi Marc and the JazzWax community,

I listened to this set for the first time this morning and wrote this in response:

"The Truth About Art Pepper"

Laurie has been on The Jazz Session twice to talk about the Widow's Taste CDs. You'll find those interviews here:

All the best,


T. Nicholson

I've got to explore more of Pepper's later stuff; most of what I've got is from the 50's. That clip you posted has really whetted my appetite.

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