Promise Kept: The Complete Artists House Recordings [Box Set]

Format: CD
Release Date: 9/13/2019
Availability: Backorder

“Art Pepper had had a brilliant career as a jazz soloist and band leader until the mid-1950s when he started using heroin. After that, incarcerations and treatments in prisons and hospitals, kept him off the stages and out of the studios. He was only able to record sporadically until he got (relatively) sober in Synanon in 1972, and married Laurie—me. Then, in the last ten years of his life, he composed, recorded, and toured more ambitiously than ever before, focused on securing his place among the true jazz greats—where he knew he belonged.” —from the liner notes by Laurie Pepper Producer John Snyder had always wanted to record Pepper and booked him into a week at the Village Vanguard in New York. At the time, Pepper was under contract to Contemporary Records and label head, Les Koenig, decided he would record the gigs, quashing any notion Snyder had of doing the same. However, Art promised Snyder that he’d record an album for Snyder’s label, Artists House, at some point down the road. Together they wound up making four. Here for the first time are the complete Artists House sessions including 19 previously unissued takes. The original albums drawn from these sessions, So In Love, Artworks, New York Album, and Stardust, have been remastered and expanded with additional takes, some having appeared previously on releases such as The Complete Galaxy Recordings and Artists House—Complete (download only), while some appear here for the first time. Laurie Pepper has provided liner notes and photographs she took at the sessions. Altogether, this is the most comprehensive window into the Artists House sessions ever likely to be. “John and Art both kept their promises. John brought Art into the wider world; he put him on the road. Just as he said he would, he brought him to New York and to the Village Vanguard, got his picture in the papers, got him on the radio. From Art, John got his dearest wish. He made these 32 recordings.” —from the liner notes by Laurie Pepper

1. Straight, No Chaser (Take 3)
Length: 06:24
2. Blues for Blanche
Length: 06:48
3. So in Love
Length: 11:32
4. Diane
Length: 12:18
5. Stardust
Length: 10:34
6. Yesterdays (Take 2) [Bonus Track]
Length: 08:13
7. Landscape (Bonus Track)
Length: 09:28
8. Straight, No Chaser (Take 4) [Bonus Track]
Length: 08:08
9. Body and Soul
Length: 04:40
10. Anthropology (Take 2)
Length: 06:37
11. Desafinado (Take 2)
Length: 08:05
12. Donna Lee
Length: 05:59
13. You Go to My Head
Length: 06:03
14. Blues for Blanche (Alternate A)
Length: 07:31
15. Desafinado (Take 1) [Bonus Track]
Length: 11:26
16. Anthropology (Take 1) [Bonus Track]
Length: 05:54
17. Donna Lee (Alternate A) [Bonus Track]
Length: 06:12
18. Blues for Blanche (Alternate B) [Bonus Track]
Length: 08:16
19. You Go to My Head (Alternate A) [Bonus Track]
Length: 04:22
20. A Night in Tunisia (Take 2)
Length: 09:48
21. Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be)
Length: 05:44
22. Straight, No Chaser (Take 2)
Length: 05:59
23. Duo Blues
Length: 07:54
24. My Friend John
Length: 09:43
25. Johnny's Blues
Length: 05:17
26. A Night In Tunisia (Take 1) [Bonus Track]
Length: 07:23
27. Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be) [Clarinet] [Bonus Track]
Length: 03:14
28. Straight, No Chaser (Take 1) [Bonus Track]
Length: 06:16
29. My Friend John (Alternate B) [Bonus]
Length: 07:23
30. My Friend John (Alternate A)
Length: 07:49
31. Tin Tin Deo
Length: 11:06
32. Stardust (Alternate A)
Length: 08:44
33. In a Mellow Tone (Take 2)
Length: 08:37
34. Art's Sweet Blues (Bonus Track)
Length: 03:54
35. But Beautiful (Take 1) [Bonus Track]
Length: 03:21
36. You Go to My Head (Alternate B) [Bonus Track]
Length: 02:56
37. Yesterdays (Take 3) [Bonus Track]
Length: 07:38
38. Stardust (Alternate B) [Bonus Track]
Length: 12:13
39. In a Mellow Tone (Take 1) [Bonus Track]
Length: 10:06
40. Blues for Blanche (Alternate C) [Bonus Track]
Length: 06:16
41. Yesterdays (Take 1) [Bonus Track]
Length: 07:38
42. My Friend John (Take 1 - Long False Start) [Bonus Track]
Length: 05:35
43. My Friend John (Take 2 - False Start) [Bonus Track]
Length: 02:00
44. Blues for Blanche (Alternate D) [Bonus Track]
Length: 06:04
45. Stardust (Long False Start) [Bonus Track]
Length: 04:18
46. Donna Lee (Alternate B) [Bonus Track]
Length: 07:30
47. But Beautiful (Take 2) [Bonus Track]
Length: 03:51
48. A Night in Tunisia (Take 3) [Bonus Track]
Length: 09:35
49. Blues for Blanche (Alternate E) [Bonus Track]
Length: 06:47
50. Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be) [Alternate Sax Take] [Bonus Track]
Length: 05:22
Album Details
Disc Count: 5
Total Length: 358:31
UPC: 816651017614