Tokyo Debut

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Tokyo Debut
Tokyo Debut.jpg
Live album by
RecordedApril 5, 1977
VenueYūbin Chokin Hall, Tokyo
ProducerYasumasa Okamoto
Art Pepper chronology
A Night in Tunisia
Tokyo Debut
No Limit
First Live in Japan cover
First Live in Japan.jpg

Tokyo Debut is a live album by saxophonist Art Pepper recorded in Japan in 1977 by TBS Radio and originally released on the Japanese Polydor label in 1990 as First Live in Japan before being rereleased on the Galaxy label in 1995.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]

The AllMusic review by Scott Yanow noted "The unexpected enthusiasm of the crowd really got to Pepper and his improvisations (even though he is not playing with his regular group) are quite inspired. Memorable music".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Art Pepper except where noted.

  1. Introduction - 2:23
  2. "Cherokee" (Ray Noble) - 12:03
  3. "The Spirit Is Here" - 8:58
  4. "Here's That Rainy Day" (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke) - 6:47
  5. "Straight Life" - 6:27
  6. "Manteca" (Dizzy Gillespie, Chano Pozo, Gil Fuller) - 12:59
  7. "Manhã de Carnaval" (Luiz Bonfá, Antônio Maria) - 7:49
  8. "Samba de Orpheus" (Luiz Bonfa) mistitled as Felicidade on CD and incomplete - 3:00



  1. ^ Art Pepper catalog accessed October 31, 2016
  2. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. Tokyo Debut – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved October 31, 2016.