180 gram vinyl LP in Gatefold packaging
Playboys contains some of the best recorded collaborations between two jazz giants: Art Pepper and Chet Baker. Their conjunct works were originally issued in such a disparity of ways that it might seem difficult at first to think about them as a coherent body of work. Their first studio session, for instance, was originally segmented, with each tune issued on a separate compilation album. First issued in 1956, Playboys would be reissued in 1961 with a totally different cover under the title Picture of Heath (most of the compositions were by saxophonist Jimmy Heath). The album received a four-star rating in All Music Guide, with reviewer Lindsay Planer stating that, “Baker and Pepper have an instinctual rapport that yields outstanding interplay. The harmony constant throughout the practically inseparable lines that Baker weaves with Pepper drives the bop throughout the slinky ‘For Minors Only’. The soloists take subtle cues directly from each other, with considerable contributions from Carl Perkins, Curtis Counce, and Lawrence Marable. These thoroughly enjoyable and often high-energy sides are perfect for bop connoisseurs as well as mainstream jazz listeners.”
CHET BAKER, trumpet
ART PEPPER, alto sax
PHIL URSO, tenor sax
CARL PERKINS, piano
CURTIS COUNCE, bass
LAWRENCE MARABLE, drums
Radio Recorders Studios, Hollywood, October 31, 1956.
BONUS TRACK (B4):
Chet Baker (tp), Art Pepper (as), Richie Kamuca (ts), Pete Jolly (p), Leroy Vinnegar (b),
Stan Levey (d). The Forum Theatre, Los Angeles, July 26, 1956.
“The Route” was originally issued on the 1958 compilation LP Have Blues Will Travel (World Pacific Records JWC-509).
Original sessions produced by Richard Bock.
1 FOR MINORS ONLY
3 RESONANT EMOTIONS
4 TYNAN TYME
1 PICTURE OF HEATH
2 FOR MILES AND MILES
4 THE ROUTE