Friday Night at the Village Vanguard

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Friday Night at the Village Vanguard
Live album by Art Pepper
Released 1977
Recorded 29 July 1977
Genre Jazz
Length 54:12
Label Contemporary/OJC
Producer Lester Koenig & John Koenig
Art Pepper chronology
Thursday Night at the Village Vanguard
(1977)
Friday Night at the Village Vanguard
(1977)
Saturday Night at the Village Vanguard
(1977)

Friday Night at the Village Vanguard is a 1977 jazz album by saxophonist Art Pepper playing with George Cables, George Mraz and Elvin Jones.

Art Pepper played at the Village Vanguard jazz club in New York twice during 1977. The second occasion was recorded and was released as three albums: Thursday Night at the Village Vanguard, Friday Night at the Village Vanguard and Saturday Night at the Village Vanguard. Further tracks appeared on the album More for Les: At the Village Vanguard Vol.4 and a complete record of Pepper's residency was subsequently released as The Complete Village Vanguard Sessions.

In the sleeve notes, Pepper says of his own tunes:

My tunes are very difficult to read and interpret. I write down all the parts, and ask my group to play it like it's written for a while and then just use it as a guide and play with their own feelings.

Of "But Beautiful" he says:

Billie Holiday sang this song so beautifully. I've always been influenced by the way a good singer can express something beyond the words of a song. I try to express the quality of the human voice when I'm playing a ballad.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD Fourth Edition, 1998 3/3 stars

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Las Cuevas de Mario" (Art Pepper) — 11:08
  2. "But Beautiful" (Jimmy Van Heusen; Johnny Burke) — 10:17
  3. "Caravan" (Edward Kennedy Ellington; Juan Tizol; Irving Mills) — 13:29
  4. "Labyrinth" (Art Pepper) — 12:10
(Recorded on 29 July 1977.)

Personnel[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Richard Cook & Brian Morton. The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD 4th edition. Penguin, 1998. ISBN 0-14-051383-3