Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Art Pepper- Darn That Dream

The dream is over.

I'm enthralled with the film memoir footage Laurie Pepper has posted at YouTube. As she told NPR, Art Pepper's widow has embarked on a unique approach to documenting the altoist's life. Even if you hate jazz, I implore you to watch this 30-second segment. Roots hero James Intveld plays Art. The altoist died less than three months after this out-of-print 1982 session with George Cables, John Dentz and Tony Dumas. The title track contains some mighty pretty playing.

Don't let me or anyone else fool you. This video of Cash Money performing their regional hit "In My Chevy" is what's really happening in Kansas City.

Even in the anything-goes world of music blogs, I feel totally isolated. Thanks to Largehearted Boy's best-of link-fest, I'm finding that my forthcoming best-of lists are distressingly unique.

Kansas City Click: The biker rock of Frank Bang isn't really my thing, but I can wholeheartedly recommend his gig tonight at Knuckleheads to the thousands of Kansas Citians who live on a steady diet of straightforward boogie.


bgo said...

Art Pepper was booked for a free Sunday evening concert in Brush Creek the year he died. It was one of the most anticipating events I regret that I never saw take place. Art is one of my hereos and his book about his life truly harrowing.

Happy In Bag said...

Man, I didn't know that, BGO. I would love to see a complete listing of all of KCMO's Sunday night concerts. I remember many clearly- Stan Getz, Asleep at the Wheel, Jeff Lorber (at Line Creek Park!), Phil Woods, etc., but I'd like help recalling the rest. Do you suppose that information is somewhere at your place of employment?