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Three Chet Baker Clips


IImages came across the following three Chet Baker video clips yesterday. If you're  familiar with them, they're worth another look. If not, you're in for a treat.

Serge Gainsbourg: L'eau a la Bouche


At about 4 p.m. yesterday afternoon I fell into listening to my Serge Gainsbourg collection. I have no idea why. It just happened.

Ornette Coleman: Something Else!!!

Nef5jgc0s5pjj5cnPeople unfamiliar with alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman often assume he's an East Coast figure who emerged on the free-jazz scene in 1960 just as John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Charles Mingus were going off in new directions.

Art Pepper and the Clarinet

Screen shot 2011-06-14 at 7.35.48 PMArt Pepper recorded on clarinet sporadically during his career.  He doubled on the instrument on his first recording session with Stan Kenton in 1943, in Charles Mingus' bebop big band in 1949 and in Kenton's Innovations Orchestra in 1950. As Laurie Pepper notes below, his decision to perform on the instrument in small groups in the years that followed often depended on whether the sound system allowed him to hear himself blowing.

Art Pepper: Blues for the Fisherman


Images-3Today Laurie Pepper, Art Pepper's widow, has released a four-CD set of Pepper performing in London at Ronnie's Scott's on June 27 and 28, 1980, two years before the alto saxophonist's death. It may well be the finest recording of late Pepper released on Laurie Pepper's Widow's Taste label.

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