By the spring of 1981 Art Pepper was riding what would be the last creative wave of his checkered career before dying of a stroke a year and a half later. Incarcerated several times stemming from his heroin addiction, he enjoyed a very prolific period through the late-1970s and the turn of the decade, and in April 1981 55 year-old Pepper played a series of shows at New York’s iconic jazz club Fat Tuesday’s. Backed by pianist Milcho Leviev, bassist Georde Mraz, and drummer Al Foster, Pepper played five shows. An unreleased recording has been unearthed, remastered, and gorgeously packed into the CD/digital release Art Pepper Live at Fat Tuesday’s, which will be released 30 October on Elemental Music.
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