Deemed by many jazz lovers to be the greatest alto saxophonist of the post-Charlie Parker era, Art Pepper (1925–82) played with Benny Carter, Stan Kenton, and Buddy Rich's Big Band. He was dogged by heroin addiction and legal troubles, and yet the recorded legacy he left behind is of a consistently high degree of musicianship and innovation.
"You will hear jazz better, and appreciate Pepper more, from just thumbing through these pages. The writing is erudite, impassioned, and on par with a musician whose every note deserves attention with this book at the listener's side."—Philadelphia Tribune