Playboys (Chet Baker and Art Pepper album)

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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)Chet Baker Big Band1956
Quartet: Russ Freeman/Chet Baker
(1956)Quartet: Russ Freeman/Chet Baker1956
Art Pepper chronology
The Return of Art Pepper
(1956) The Return of Art Pepper1956
(1956) Playboys1956
The Art Pepper Quartet
(1956) The Art Pepper Quartet1956
Picture of Heath cover

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.


Playboys was reissued in 1961 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.


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 Tyme" (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 Tyme"



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