Mal Waldron, Jim Pepper: Art of the Duo (1988)

Art of the Duo

Track list:

01. Ticket to Tokyo
02. Ruby, My Dear
03. Bathing Beauties
04. Over the Rainbow (tk 1)
05. Over the Rainbow (tk 2)
06. Spinning at Trixi
07. Good Bait
08. You’re No Bunny Unless Some Bunny Loves You
09. A Pepper Poem, Pt. 1
10. A Pepper Poem, Pt. 2
11. Willy’s Blue
12. What Is This Thing Called Love?
13. How Long Has This Been Going On?
14. Indian Water


Jim Pepper – tenor & soprano saxes
Mal Waldron – piano

Recorded: Trixi Studios, Munich; April 5th, 1988
Label: TUTU
CD 888 106

Producer: Peter Wiessmueller
Engineer: Will Schmidt

Digital Mastering: Tonstudio Mahne, Diessen
Booklet Art (front): Willy Bohm
Booklet (design): Aparajita Koch
Booklet photogrpahy: Peter Wiessmeuller

Counselling: Horst Weber, ENJA


During the recording for Mal Waldron’s album “Mal, Dance & Soul” (TUTU 888 002) in November 1987, the wonderful duo composition “Soul Mates” came into being, which Mal, on a spontaneous impulse dedicated to his partner, Jim Pepper.

Whilst I was sitting in the control-room and listening once again to “Soul Mates” I had the idea of undertaking the difficult task of trying to produce an entire duo-album with the two musical exponents…

It is the sequel to a series, planned for long term production, that Horst Weber and I began with Albert Manglesdorff and Lee Konitz (UNJA CD 509-62) called Art Of The Duo.

December 1988/P.W.


Here Waldron and Pepper are tête à tête, alone with each other, and their dialogue burns with intensity and overwhelming beauty.
~H. Wagner[Stereoplay, November 1989]


A high-carat saxophone-piano-duo which in no way takes second place to the grand duets of Mal and Steve Lacy.
~W. Gschwendtner[azzpodium, November 1989]