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)