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Art Pepper: Notes from a Jazz Survivor (1982)

An intensely personal and sometimes painful look into the fascinating world of Art Pepper. One of Jazz' greatest alto saxophonists and most expressive soloists, Pepper was also a thief, ... See full summary »

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Don McGlynn
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Art Pepper ... Himself
Laurie Pepper Laurie Pepper ... Herself
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An intensely personal and sometimes painful look into the fascinating world of Art Pepper. One of Jazz' greatest alto saxophonists and most expressive soloists, Pepper was also a thief, drug addict, alcoholic, womanizer, and world renown wildman. In candid interviews he recounts his triumphs, troubles, and luck in meeting Laurie, his last wife. For half the film Pepper leads a trio in a Malibu nightclub, the set includes: "Red Car", "Patricia", and "Miss Who?".

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USA

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English

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October 1982 (USA) See more »

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Musical genius, drug victim
28 September 2001 | by RoboSlaterSee all my reviews

Musical ideas came naturally to legendary saxophonist Art Pepper, probably more so than any other jazz musician in history. He married his manager Laurie who, like Thelonious Monk's and many other musicians' widows, looked after his basic needs during his years on (and off) the road. You'll see how she might have even extended his life. The film doesn't cover his many years in prison, or his music before he joined that "gated community", just his life since and a few [wonderful] extended jazz performances after his release. Heroin was his drug and it eventually took its toll. He speaks candidly. Film follows the tone of his book. Fascinating, positive. You'll know him like a relative by films end. Appreciate it just for the music, even!


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