Art Pepper + Eleven (Full Album)

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Art Pepper + Eleven (Modern Jazz Classic) is a 1960 jazz big band album by saxophonist Art Pepper performing under the direction and arrangements of Marty Paich. The recording is one of several dates Pepper made with Paich and his big band in 1959 and is the only one with Pepper as leader. The recording focuses on Paich’s big band arrangements of modern jazz classics, including Denzil Best’s “Move,” Thelonious Monk’s “‘Round Midnight,” Gerry Mulligan’s “Walkin’ Shoes”. Highlights of the recording are Pepper’s clarinet performances on “Anthropology” and the alternate takes of “Walkin’.” (Wikipedia).

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 5 stars and stated “This is a true classic. Altoist Art Pepper is joined by an 11-piece band playing Marty Paich arrangements of a dozen jazz standards from the bop and cool jazz era. … Essential music for all serious jazz collections.”

Track listing:

00:00 – 01. “Move” (Denzil Best)
03:29 – 02. “Groovin’ High” (Dizzy Gillespie)
06:54 – 03. “Opus De Funk” (Horace Silver)
10:11 – 04. “‘Round Midnight” (Hanighen, Monk, Williams )
13:48 – 05. “Four Brothers” (Jimmy Giuffre)
16:50 – 06. “Shawnuff” (Brown, Fuller, Gillespie)
19:49 – 07. “Bernie’s Tune” (Leiber, Miller, Stoller)
22:38 – 08. “Walkin’ Shoes” (Gerry Mulligan)
26:12 – 09. “Anthropology” (Dizzy Gillespie/Charlie Parker)
29:34 – 10. “Airegin” (Sonny Rollins)
32:38 – 11. “Walkin” (Richard Carpenter )
37:55 – 12. “Donna Lee” (Miles Davis)


Art Pepper — alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, clarinet
Pete Candoli — trumpet
Al Porcino — trumpet
Jack Sheldon — trumpet
Dick Nash — trombone
Bob Enevoldsen — valve trombone, tenor saxophone
Vincent DeRosa — French horn
Herb Geller — alto saxophone
Bud Shank — alto saxophone
Charlie Kennedy — alto saxophone
Bill Perkins — tenor saxophone
Richie Kamuca — tenor saxophone
Med Flory — baritone saxophone
Russ Freeman — piano
Joe Mondragon — bass
Mel Lewis — drums
Marty Paich — arranger, conductor


Released: January/February 1960
Recorded: 12 March, 24 March, 12 May 1959
Length: 53:55
Label: Contemporary/OJC
Producer: Lester Koenig