On December 17, 2020, Stanley Cowell died aged 79. He was musician (piano), co-founder of the “Strata-East Records” label, and professor at the “Music Department of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers”, the “State University of New Jersey”. He recorded with many famous jazz musicians including Gary Bartz, Larry Coryell, Richard Davis, Sonny Fortune, Roy Haynes, Jimmy Heath, The Heath Brothers, Stan Getz, Johnny Griffin, Bobby Hutcherson, J. J. Johnson, Clifford Jordan, Oliver Nelson, Jimmy Owens, Art Pepper, Buddy Terry, Charles Sullivan, Charles Toliver, Roland Kirk, Marion Brown, Harold Land, and Max Roach. As leader Cowell released 34 albums.
In December 1978, “Galaxy Records” label released “Art Pepper Today”, the 34th Art Pepper album. It was recorded in December 1978, and was produced by Ed Michel.
- Art Pepper – alto saxophone
- Stanley Cowell – piano
- Cecil McBee – bass
- Roy Haynes – drums
- Kenneth Nash – congas, percussion
All tracks by Art Pepper, except where noted.
- Miss Who
- Mambo Koyama
- Lover Come Back To Me – Sigmund Romberg; Oscar Hammerstein II
- These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You) – Harry Link; Jack Strachey; Holt Marvell
- Chris’s Blues
In December 1957, “Andex” label released “Mucho Calor”, an album by Conte Candoli and Art Pepper. It was recorded in October 1957, at “Forum Theatre” in Los Angeles.
- Conte Candoli – trumpet, arranger
- Art Pepper – alto saxophone, arranger
- Bill Perkins – tenor saxophone
- Russ Freeman – piano
- Ben Tucker – bass
- Chuck Flores – drums
- Jack Costanzo, Mike Pacheko – bongos, congas
- Benny Carter – arranger
- Bill Holman – arranger
- Johnny Mandel – arranger
- Mucho Calor – Bill Holman
- Autumn Leaves – Joseph Kosma, Jacques Prévert
- Mambo de la Pinta – Art Pepper
- I’ll Remember April – Gene de Paul, Don Raye
- Vaya Hombre Vaya – Bill Holman
- I Love You – Cole Porter
- Mambo Jumbo – Conte Candoli
- Old Devil Moon – Burton Lane, Yip Harburg
- Pernod – Johnny Mandel
- That Old Black Magic – Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer
On May 24, 2020, Wilbur James Cobb died aged 91. He was musician (drums), one of the most influential and respected drummers in Jazz music. He has recorded and performed with many musicians including Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Dinah Washington, Pearl Bailey, Clark Terry, Cannonball Adderley, Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Wynton Kelly, Stan Getz, Wes Montgomery, Art Pepper, Gil Evans, Paul Chambers, Kenny Burrell, J. J. Johnson, Sonny Stitt, Nat Adderley, Phil Upchurch, Benny Golson, Hank Jones, Ron Carter, George Coleman, Fathead Newman, Geri Allen, Earl Bostic, Leo Parker, Charlie Rouse, Ernie Royal, Philly Joe Jones, Bobby Timmons, Walter Booker, Jerome Richardson, Joey DeFrancesco, Keter Betts, Jimmy Cleveland, Sam Jones, Red Garland, Joe Henderson, Eddie Gómez, Bill Evans, Jeremy Steig, Richard Wyands, Peter Bernstein, Walter Bishop, Jr., Richie Cole, Nancy Wilson, Ricky Ford, David Amram, Donald Byrd, Kenny Barron and Toshiko Akiyoshi. Cobb recorded 17 albums as a leader.
On May 2, 2020, Richie Cole died aged 72. He was composer, arranger and musician (saxophone), began to play alto saxophone when he was ten years old, encouraged by his father, who owned a jazz club in New Jersey. In the 70’ he created his own “alto madness” bebop style. In the 90’s he formed The Alto Madness Orchestra. Cole recorded and performed with many musicians such as Buddy Rich, Lionel Hampton, Doc Severinsen, Eddie Jefferson, Nancy Wilson, Tom Waits, The Manhattan Transfer, Hank Crawford, Freddie Hubbard, Eric Kloss, Bobby Enriquez, Phil Woods, Sonny Stitt, Art Pepper, Greg Abate, Les DeMerle, Allan Harris, Jim Holman, Vic Juris, Peter Lauffer, Oliver Nelson, Anita O’Day, Red Rodney, Janine Santana, Mark Murphy, Sonny Stitt and Boots Randolph. In 2005, Cole was awarded the “State of California Congressional Certificate of Lifetime Achievement in Jazz” on behalf of the “Temecula Jazz Society”.
On December 2, 1956, “Pacific Jazz” label released “Playboys”, album by Chet Baker and Art Pepper. It was recorded in October 1956, at “Radio Recorders” in Hollywood, and was produced by Richard Bock.
- Chet Baker— trumpet
- Art Pepper— alto saxophone
- Phil Urso— tenor saxophone
- Carl Perkins— piano
- Curtis Counce— bass
- Larance Marable— drums
All tracks by Jimmy Heath except where noted.
- For Minors Only
- Minor-Yours – Art Pepper
- Resonant Emotions
- Tynan Tyme – Art Pepper
- Picture of Heath
- For Miles and Miles
On May 6, 2004, Barney Kessel died aged 80. He was jazz guitarist, noted for his inversions and chord-based melodies. In his successful solo career he has recorded 31 album as a leader, was member of the group of session musicians The Wrecking Crew, and has performed with many famous musicians including Georgie Auld, Chet Baker, Louis Bellson, Benny Carter, Buddy Collette, Harry Edison, Roy Eldridge, Ella Fitzgerald, Hampton Hawes, Woody Herman, Billie Holiday, Milt Jackson, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Oliver Nelson, Anita O’Day, Art Pepper, Zoot Sims, Shorty Rogers, Sonny Rollins and Pete Rugolo.