Darn that Dream

by Art Pepper

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Darn the dream of being able to play to an attentive audience.

I remember this 1981 gig in Washington, D.C. mainly because Art came down off the stage during the set and told me to stop shushing the audience—a bunch of drunken middle-aged men accompanied by what looked like hookers. He said that if they took offense at my scolding and insulted me, he’d have to fight them all. Art was old school and couldn’t let anybody mess with his woman, no matter how obnoxious she decided to be.
(At the one-minute mark, you can actually hear someone start to whistle along! The guy paid to go to a nightclub where… Oh nevermind.)

The song is lovely, the performances are beautiful. Even though Milcho Leviev's solo is very short, it’s one of his great ones. Gene Perla is on bass, Barry Altschul is the drummer. The tape is noisy. I’ve done the best I could to remove a nasty buzz without crippling the sound. (I think I made the original recording. Not sure, though.)

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Yes it's another freebie
From the little busy bee, me.
In the first month of '16
You can get away clean,
You can have it without paying,
but, really I'm just saying,
if you want eleven MORE this year,
A dollar now's not too dear
for the goodies I'll be giving
(A girl's got to make a living.
While she's saving up for fees
for the mastering and pressing for the printing and presenting*).
So if you haven't given, please
make a New Year's resolution
to be part of the solution.
*Unreleased Art Volume IX (9) out in September 2016

P.S. Kitchen Cabinet members DO NOT PAY (unless you're feeling rich).

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released January 19, 2016

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