In 1977 Art came back from the dead. Or so it seemed to those who followed him, followed his music.
And then in 1979, the Japanese came calling in the guise of a small record label, Yupiteru, later Atlas. They wanted Art to record for them. By then, Art was under exclusive contract to Fantasy/Galaxy records and couldn't record as a leader. However, and I think I deserve credit for this sneaky idea, he could be a "sideman." And he could choose the "leaders." He did six albums for Atlas with six terrific "leaders." And they are classics, now. -Laurie Pepper from her liner notes
Originally issued as Strike Up The Band by Pete Jolly And His West Coast Friends in 1980, this material was recorded in February of that year with Jolly on piano, Art Pepper on sax, bassist Bob Magnusson, and Roy McCurdy on drums. It was only released on LP in Japan. Now available worldwide as Art Pepper Presents "West Coast Sessions!" Volume 2: Pete Jolly, these performances are finally available again. In addition to a track found on 2001's The Hollywood All-Star Sessions boxed set, this CD also contains a previously unissued take mixed from the original multi-tracks, and new liner notes from Laurie Pepper. Hear the joy of four superb artists firing on all cylinders and strike up the band with Art Pepper Presents "West Coast Sessions!" Volume 2: Pete Jolly.
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