Art Pepper Quintet ‎– Smack Up - 1962 Audiophile Analogue Productions Jazz 180 Grm LP

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Art Pepper Quintet ‎– Smack Up

Analogue Productions ‎– APJ 012
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Limited Edition, Numbered

Recorded October 24 & 25, 1960 at Contemporary Studio in Los Angeles.
180g HQ vinyl all tube analogue pressing of Contemporary S7602.
Numbered limited edition.

Record is VG++ Clean (Listen to our copy)

Cover is VG+ VG++  (Splits bottom right 4 inches, minor sticker wear top right)
Hard Bop, Cool Jazz


A1 Smack Up 4:14
A2 Las Cuevas De Mario 7:06
A3 A Bit Of Basie 7:23

B1 How Can You Lose 6:52
B2 Maybe Next Year 4:20
B3 Tears Inside 7:23


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Licensed From – Fantasy, Inc.
Recorded At – Contemporary's Studio
Mastered At – The Mastering Lab
Pressed By – Record Technology Incorporated
Alto Saxophone – Art Pepper
Bass – Jimmy Bond
Drums – Frank Butler
Engineer – Roy DuNann
Executive-Producer – Chad Kassem
Liner Notes – Leonard Feather
Piano – Pete Jolly
Producer – Lester Koenig
Remastered By – Doug Sax
Trumpet – Jack Sheldon



" This 1960 recording sounds different than most of Art Pepper's west coast school recordings. Standards here, show tunes there from his famous records. But Smack Up feels different. A long drug sentence at San Quentin loomed over the sessions. That probably didn't help the general air of things. 

Smack Up is a set of compositions of six saxophonists, among them Benny Carter, Ornette Coleman, and Pepper himself. They are spare, stark, and run on the outlier. Stabbing chords from piano and drums, and some wild playing from Pepper, and you get a set as different as chalk and cheese compared to + 11 and Meets the Rhythm Section. Driving it is, tuneful it's not. 

Special guest Jack Sheldon, trumpet is always special. He adds some nice harmonic touches and flourishes to Pepper's virtuoso lines and lightens the load. When he covers the head, the ensemble between he and Pepper is breathtaking. They play as one. 

The rhythm section has to be spot on and they are. They underpin melodies, sometimes in 5/4 -- as Leonard Feather's liner notes suggest, Pepper never played in 3/4 let alone 5! Pepper's own "Las Cuevas de Mario" (in 5/4) trades some blows between melody lines. Listen to the opening of Tears Inside. They set the pace and don't let up. 

The recording can be a little raw at times. Not unmusical, just echoing Pepper's style and attitude. Both Sheldon and Pepper are at the top of their game, trading twos and fours and getting in and out of oddly melodic and harmonic scrapes. When required, the recording is sophisticated. And for the most part, that's what audiophiles and jazz lovers want from expensive vinyl reissues.  

What you'll also be paying for and buying into is something completely different as repertoire. Pepper chose well but it's severely catholic of taste. Carter to Coleman (gulp) and back again. Louis and Ella it ain't. Just be sure you know what you're buying. 

I love it. I love the energy and the brilliance of Art Pepper's performances. On Meet the Rhythm section, he's all gentleman, here's he's getting ready for the big house. The edge is there and doesn't leave. You've been warned. For me, indispensable both as performance and recording. " 

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Condition Used
Format LP, 180 Gram
Label Analogue Productions
Color Black