Alto Saxophone player Arthur Edward Pepper, Jr. (b. 1925; d. 1982) wanted to be known as the "greatest alto saxophone player in the world," a tall order considering contemporaries like Charlie Parker, Johnny Hodges, and Paul Desmond. In spite of this, Pepper outlived all of them while forging a unique and personal sound. Pepper, along with Desmond and Lee Konitz, were among the few small-combo saxophonists able to forge an individual sound despite the long shadow of Bird.
Surf Ride (Savoy, 1952)
Completely flawed in assembly and annotation, Surf Ride is nevertheless the superb example of the young Pepper in full bloom. A perfect juxtaposition to Roadgame.