“If you have individuality in music, it's something to hold on to,” saxophonist Art Pepper told Les Tomkins in a wide-ranging 1979 interview. It was a creed that Pepper lived by. Despite the obstacles in his path, many of them created by his own self-destructive behavior, the alto saxophonist was a surprisingly consistent performer. Across the years , his large and varied discography seldom presents him at less than his passionate best.
Arthur Edward Pepper, Jr., was born on September 1, 1925, in Gardena, California, the product of a deeply troubled marriage. As a youngster his health was precarious, and at the age of five he was sent to live with his paternal grandmother in the California countryside. He started playing clarinet when he was... Read More