Alto saxophonist Ayumi Koketsu released a sophisticated tribute to Art Pepper on her album Art from 2016. With slick bop lines and a fresh spirit, Koketsu and her bandmates deliver the goods sincerely, kicking things off at high tempos with “Cool Bunny” and “Straight Life” before moving into other moods of mid-tempo bop and ballads.
Koketsu is a prolific artist who releases high-quality albums and often uses overseas musicians for her backup band. This album will satisfy fans of straight-ahead jazz quartets with a bright and exciting saxophone prodigy taking center stage.
Art by Ayumi Koketsu
Released in 2016 on Pony Canyon as MYCJ-30653.
Japanese Names: Ayumi Koketsu 纐纈歩美
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Jan 30, 2018 (Updated May 12, 2021)