Patricia

by Art Pepper

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With Stanley Cowell, Cecil McBee, Roy Haynes:

From the Memoir:
During a break, Stanley was fooling around at the piano and he started playing a gorgeous ballad. A few people looked up, because it was so pretty. Art, in all innocence, remarked that it was really nice, what was it? He probably hadn’t listened to it for more than thirty years. When Stanley said that it was Art’s tune, “Patricia” (written for his daughter), and offered that he liked it, Art decided to play it.
They all went back into the studio. Art suggested that they do just a bluesy sort of coda, a long tag at the end. He looked dubiously at the guys, not sure whether they knew what he was talking about. They played the tune, and then Cecil McBee, the bassist, carried them into a gorgeous, funky, perfect ending. They finished, came into the studio, listened to the playback. Wow. Impressed silence.
Roy Haynes broke it. To Art: “Where did you say you were from?”
Art: “Gardena, California.”
Roy: “Is that *South* Gardena?”

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This track discussed in my memoir, and is part of a compilation which will be made available to readers of the memoir, ART: Why I Stuck with a Junkie Jazzman.

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released May 17, 2014

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