Art Pepper — Gettin’ Together

Art Pepper’s 1960 release Gettin’ Together paired him with an east coast rhythm section, a similar setting to his classic from a few years prior, Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section.  The group was a little different this time around–Wynton Kelly (p), Paul Chambers (bs), and Jimmy Cobb (dr), with Conte Candoli (tp) added on several tracks.  Just like it says on the cover, it really is an all-star rhythm section.  I was looking through my collection and there are so many titles that include one, or a combination of these musicians.  Even a small jazz collection could easily have a dozen.  Look up Paul Chambers’ discography sometime–it’s staggering how many records he played on, including many important classics, and all in a tragically short amount of time.

This copy is consistent with what I see considered as a first pressing, but I don’t have Contemporary pressings figured out just yet.  This has the familiar yellow deepgroove label and machine stamped matrix.  It has all black ink on the back cover, not the tri-color that can help date 1950’s Contemporary pressings.  This LP is from 1960 and I’m not sure when it the tri-color stopped, so it’s possible that they were all black ink by this point.  Knowing at what point in the catalog that changed would be helpful.  Either way, it sounds great….

(Details: Contemporary M3573 mono/yellow deepgroove/D3-D3 matrix)

Art Pepper — Softly As In a Morning Sunrise

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6 Responses to Art Pepper — Gettin’ Together

  1. Tony says:

    Looks like you may have the original.
    Art Pepper – Gettin’ Together (Contemporary M 3573)
    Conte Candoli (tp -1,2,5) Art Pepper (as, ts) Wynton Kelly (p) Paul Chambers (b) Philly Joe Jones (d)
    Hollywood, CA, February 29, 1960


    Whims Of Chambers


    Bijou The Poodle


    Why Are We Afraid?


    Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise




    Gettin’ Together



    ** also issued on Contemporary S 7573; Original Jazz Classics OJC 169, OJCCD 169-2.
    Art Pepper – Gettin’ Together (Original Jazz Classics OJCCD 169-2)
    Art Pepper (as, ts) Wynton Kelly (p) Paul Chambers (b) Philly Joe Jones (d)
    Hollywood, CA, February 29, 1960

    Gettin’ Together (alt. take)

    ** reissue of Contemporary M 3573 + 2 bonus tracks.

  2. vinyltim says:

    I think so too, but Contemporary is a little tricky because the label is always the same until much later. I would imagine that the matrix stamp could help date the albums, but I don’t know where to start with that. The matrix on this one is D3/D3.

  3. dottorjazz says:

    Contemporary is mysterious for me yet: I would like to know when tri-color back changed to black and whether matrix numbers can indicate first pressing.
    this one looks first, tonight gonna look at mine to see if there’re differences in matrix.
    anyway a very good session, among the best in Pepper’s work.

    • vinyltim says:

      Thanks for looking, that would help. I’d like to get that information:
      -when it changed from tri color to black?
      -what order does the matrix stamp go in?
      Between the collectors we know we should be able to estimate those things….

      Yes, it’s a very good record. I have an OJC reissue of Meets the Rhythm Section–a great one and the reissue sounds really good on my system.

  4. dottorjazz says:

    same matrix number: D3 D3

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