Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section is a 1957 jazz album by saxophonist Art Pepper with Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones, who at the time were the rhythm section for Miles Davis’s quintet. The album is considered a milestone in Pepper’s career. Rhythm of life pdf to Pepper, the album was recorded under enormous pressure, as he first learned of the recording session the morning he was due in the studio, and he had never met the other musicians, all of whom he greatly admired.
He was playing on an instrument in a bad state of repair, and was suffering from a drug problem. Straight Life indicates that Pepper had recorded many sessions in the previous weeks, including one five days earlier. Between them, they’d delivered a masterpiece.
Becky Byrkit, writing for The All Music Guide, deemed the album “a diamond of recorded jazz history. Pepper, unprepared and unarmored, was forced to pull the music out of himself, since tepid run-throughs and stock licks weren’t going to work in such exalted company.