World of Jazz 146


  1. Billy Harper – Capra Black – Capra Black
  2. Art Pepper – Rita San – No Limit
  3. Freedom Art Quartet – In The Thick Of It – Spirits Awake
  4. Billy Harper Quintet – Dance In The Question – Destiny Is Yours
  5. Kemsai Washington – Miss Understanding – The Epic
  6. Art Pepper – The Trip – The Trip
  7. Billy Harper – The One Who Makes The Rain Stop – If Our Hearts Could Only See


  1. The debut album led by saxophonist Billy Harper recorded in 1973 and released on the Strata-East label, Capra Black “remains one of the seminal recordings of jazz’s black consciousness movement–a profoundly spiritual effort that channels both the intellectual complexity of the avant garde as well as the emotional potency of gospel”.
  2. 1977 jazz album – Art Pepper playing with George Cables, Tony Dumas and Carl Burnett. Pepper says in the sleeve notes, he considered this album to be a memento of his friendship with Lester Koenig, who died on 21 November 1977.
  3. 2003 album with Omar Kabir – trumpet, Abraham Burton – saxophone, Jaribu Shahid- bass, Lloyd Haber – percussion
  4. 1990 release featuring Billy Harper – Tenor Sax, Eddie Henderson – Trumpet, Francesca Tanksley – Piano, Clarence Seay – Bass, Newman Baker – Drums
  5. 2015 – a three hour three-volume set that includes a 32-piece orchestra, a 20-person choir, and 17 songs overlaid with a compositional score written by Washington.
  6. 1976 release – Pepper is playing with George Cables, David Williams and Elvin Jones. This album features The Trip, one of Art Pepper’s own melodies written in 1963 while in San Quentin. Pepper likened jazz to the storytelling that took place between the prisoners. As he says in the sleeve notes, “When I play,… the sound that comes out of this thing, this piece of metal is just me saying these things and taking people on a trip.”
  7. Recorded in 1997 and released on the Japanese DIW label. Billy Harper – tenor saxophone, vocals, Eddie Henderson – trumpet. Francesca Tanksley – piano
    Clarence Seay – bass, Newman Taylor Baker – drums

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