My favorite alto sax player?
There are days when I’d say this is the guy.
Art Pepper, September 1, 1925-June 15, 1982
“Red Car” (excerpt), live (Art Pepper: Notes From A Jazz Survivor )
“Mambo Koyama,” live, Italy, 1981
“What’s New?” (1956)
“Over the Rainbow” (1982)
The epigraph to Straight Life: The Story of Art Pepper by Art and Laurie Pepper (1979):
What is the use of talking and there is no end of talking,
There is no end of things in the heart.
—Ezra Pound [“Exile’s Letter,” from the Chinese poet Li Po; as punctuated in SL]