Bill Perkins, Art Pepper, Richie Kamuca - Just Friends (1956/1992) [Cool, West Coast Jazz]; FLAC (tracks+.cue)

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Bill Perkins, Art Pepper, Richie Kamuca - Just Friends (1956/1992) [Cool, West Coast Jazz]; FLAC (tracks+.cue)

Unread postby Mike1985 » 29 Jun 2018, 14:22

Artist: Bill Perkins, Art Pepper, Richie Kamuca
Album: Just Friends
Genre: Cool, West Coast Jazz
Label: Pacific Jazz/Toshiba-EMI Japan
Released: 1956/1992
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue)
  1. Just Friends (5:12)
  2. A Foggy Day (3:57)
  3. All Of Me (4:35)
  4. Diane-A-Flow (3:10)
  5. Limehouse Blues (3:20)
  6. What Is This Thing Called Love (5:22)
  7. Solid Desylva (4:33)
  8. Sweet And Lovely (5:07)
  9. Zenobia (3:43)


  • Art Pepper - as
  • Bill Perkins - ts, bcl, fl
  • Richie Kamuca - ts
  • Jimmie Rowles, Hampton Hawes - p
  • Ben Tucker, Red Mitchell - b
  • Mel Lewis - d

If you thrive on a healthy diet of 1950s jazz played by a matched pair of talented saxophonists, this collection will be a swinging slice of heaven. Among the "coolest" of the West Coast tenor players of the 1950s, Bill Perkins in later years became a bit influenced by John Coltrane and modernized his style in a personal way. A flexible and versatile musician who also played baritone, alto, soprano, and flute, Perkins was best-known for his work on tenor.

Born in San Francisco, he grew up in Chile, moved to Santa Barbara, and served in the military in World War II. After studying music and engineering, he played in the big bands of Jerry Wald, Woody Herman (1951-1953 and 1954), and Stan Kenton (1953-1954 and 1955-1958). "Perk" started recording as a leader in 1956 (most notably Grand Encounter with John Lewis), including sets with Art Pepper and Richie Kamuca. During the 1960s he had a dual career as a studio musician and a recording engineer, and during 1970-1992 he was a member of the Tonight Show Band. Since then, Perkins played baritone and tenor with the Lighthouse All-Stars and was a member of the Bud Shank Sextet, in addition to heading his own sessions for a variety of labels. He died on August 9, 2003 of cancer at the age of 79.

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