This CD sparkles and shines like new, giving the tracks a newly found profundity and consistency, highlighting the underrated, and perhaps, one of the forgotten men of jazz. Although he never reached the elevated status of his contemporaries, his artistry is boldly obvious on this recording. The strengths of Pepper’s creative process are captured exceptionally well on this recording. His accompanists Frank Butler (drums), Pete Jolly (piano), Jack Sheldon (trumpet) and Jimmy Bond (bass), are the perfect compliment to his method and advances in the dominion of jazz, and each of them were fine individual performers in their own right.
If Art Pepper had lived a longer life he more than likely would have went down as one of the all-time greats alongside the likes of Bird and Coltrane, although he is arguably in the same league even though the history books do not reflect that. He had the right stuff. Perhaps, now with the uncovering of his past work, jazz historians will rethink were he belongs in the annals of music history. I think he should get that consideration, his work was very important and trend setting.