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Art Pepper Quintet – Smack Up


Art Pepper left a legacy of innumerable appearances on records, but his sessions for Contemporary always seemed to find him in the best company and in the best shape. Here his impassioned alto sax is appropriately applied to the compositions of six saxophonists, among them Benny Carter, Ornette Coleman, and Pepper himself.


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The presence of Jack Sheldon in a rare performance as a small-group trumpeter was another important factor in the album’s success. A must own 45 from Analogue Productions.

AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow
The title of this recording, Smack Up is ironic and inadvertently truthful. Within a short period, Art Pepper would begin spending many years in jail due to his heroin addiction; this was his next-to-last album from that period. Despite the bleak future, the great altoist (who never seemed to make an uninspired record during his unstable life) is in excellent form in a quintet with trumpeter Jack Sheldon, pianist Pete Jolly, bassist Jimmy Bond, and drummer Frank Butler. Highlights of this fine album include Harold Land’s title cut, the five/four blues “Las Cuevas de Mario,” and Ornette Coleman’s “Tears Inside.”


1. Smack Up
2. Las Cuevas De Mario
3. A Bit Of Basie
1. How Can You Lose
2. Maybe Next Year
3. Tears Inside


Additional information

Weight 0.900 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm