“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... Read More