Originally reissued as part of the Promise Kept: The Complete Artist House Recordings boxed set, Artworks is now available separately.
In a testament to their enduring collaboration, producer John Snyder and the legendary saxophonist Art Pepper unite once again in a reissued collection of their original recordings, now available on vinyl, CD, and digital formats. These albums, born from a momentous series of performances at New York's iconic Village Vanguard, stand as a testament to the artistic bond between Snyder and Pepper. Remastered by Grammy® winner Michael Graves and recut by Jeff Powell, this release faithfully captures the essence of the original recordings.
The story begins with Snyder's unwavering desire to record Pepper, prompting him to secure a week-long engagement at the Village Vanguard. However, the plans were altered when Les Koenig, head of Contemporary Records, decided to document the gigs, thereby dashing Snyder's hopes of doing the same. Despite this setback, Pepper assured Snyder that he would record an album for Artists House, Snyder's label, at a later point. Little did they know that their collaboration would yield not one, but four remarkable albums.
Artworks, originally released in 1984, showcases Pepper's masterful interpretations of jazz standards like "Body And Soul," Charlie Parker's "Donna Lee," and Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Desafinado." In addition to the original album tracks, the CD and digital editions feature five bonus performances from those prolific recording sessions.
Both Snyder and Pepper remained true to their promises. Snyder propelled Pepper into the spotlight, taking him on the road and bringing him to New York, where he graced the stages of the Village Vanguard and garnered well-deserved attention in the press and on the radio. In return, Pepper granted Snyder his most cherished wish by immortalizing these recordings.
With this reissue, listeners are granted an extraordinary opportunity to relish the music that flourished from the synergy between John Snyder and Art Pepper. It is a testament to their enduring friendship and their shared passion for capturing the essence of Pepper's musical genius.