FREE: Vanguard Max

by Art Pepper

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This track is NOT available anywhere else (except maybe on nasty illegal #%$2 torrent sites.)

When Art was recording the wonderful Straight Life album for Fantasy/Galaxy, the pianist Tommy Flanagan had a slight problem with Art’s tune “Make a List (Make a Wish)”. The arrangement seemed unnecessarily complex to him. At least that’s what I surmised based on an ironic one-liner he tossed out. Art went over the chart with him. It took a while. When Art finished explaining the arrangement, Flanagan asked, “And then what do we do?” Art said, “Then we blow.” “Ohhhh,” says, Tommy, “THEN we blow.”

Sometimes Art’s arrangements were kind of complex, especially a few he wrote on the East Coast Tour in ’77 on his way to play at the Vanguard. “My Friend John” and “For Freddie,” were two of those. They also swung beautifully and gave Art what all his original arrangements gave him, a sort of sculptor’s armature on which he played and wove his little stories. And he re-wrote both those charts after we got home,—after the passionate drugged madness of the Vanguard session—to make them more playable.

Vanguard Max was really just a blues, but the arrangement, though adorable, was a little difficult. They never got it right, but Art never got around to rewriting it and never played it again after New York. This is an alternate track, not available anywhere else.
You can find the entire chart on my blog at




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