Straight life, west coast jazz
Alto sax, had his own sound
Made several comebacks
*Art Pepper played the alto saxophone.
Despite the dominance of Charlie Parker,
he was able to develop his own sound.
“Straight Life” was the name of his autobiography,
telling the story of his battles with heroin and the law.
Because of so many run-ins with the law and
jail terms, he had many comebacks. Each one seemed
to be bigger than the last. Near the end of his career,
his solos were played with more passion and
determination than ever before.
To hear an example of his excellence, please click below