Playboys (Chet Baker & Art Pepper album)

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Playboys
Studio album by Chet Baker and Art Pepper
Released 1956
Recorded October 31, 1956
Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California
Genre Jazz
Length 40:07
Label Pacific Jazz
PJ 1234
Producer Richard Bock
Chet Baker chronology
Chet Baker Big Band
(1956)
Playboys
(1956)
Quartet: Russ Freeman/Chet Baker
(1956)
Art Pepper chronology
The Return of Art Pepper
(1956)
Playboys
(1956)
The Art Pepper Quartet
(1956)

Playboys is a 1956 jazz album featuring trumpeter Chet Baker and saxophonist Art Pepper.[1] The album was the third collaboration between Pepper and Baker, following the successes of The Route and Chet Baker Big Band. All three albums were recorded in 1956.

Cover[edit]

Playboys was issued on CD by Blue Note Records in 1998 under the name Picture of Heath after the fifth track (itself a reference to Jimmy Heath, composer of all but two of the tracks). The tracks themselves were presented in a slightly different order, starting with the new title track. Hugh Hefner reportedly objected to the album cover (obviously inspired by Playboy magazine with its near-identical wordmark and pinup photo) and threatened to sue.[2] Perhaps for that reason, when Blue Note Records released Playboys on CD (under the name Picture of Heath), the original pinup cover was replaced with a photo of the artists in the recording studio.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]

Lindsay Planer of Allmusic states, "These thoroughly enjoyable and often high-energy sides are perfect for bop connoisseurs as well as mainstream jazz listeners".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Jimmy Heath except as indicated

  1. "For Minors Only" - 4:00
  2. "Minor-Yours " (Art Pepper) - 6:44
  3. "Resonant Emotions" - 5:41
  4. "Tynan Time" (Pepper) - 5:32
  5. "Picture of Heath" - 6:44
  6. "For Miles and Miles" - 6:25
  7. "C.T.A." - 5:12

1998 CD release[edit]

  1. "Picture of Heath"
  2. "For Miles and Miles "
  3. "C.T.A. "
  4. "For Minors Only"
  5. "Minor Yours "
  6. "Resonant Emotions"
  7. "Tynan Time"

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chet Baker discography accessed July 30, 2013
  2. ^ "Vinyl Records, SACDs, DVD Audio, Audiophile Equipment | Acoustic Sounds". Store.acousticsounds.com. Retrieved 2011-06-18. 
  3. ^ a b Planer, L. Allmusic Review accessed July 30, 2013