Intensity (Art Pepper album)

Intensity is a 1960 jazz album by saxophonist Art Pepper playing with Dolo Coker, Jimmy Bond, and Frank Butler. The album was released in 1963.

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Studio album by
Recorded23–25 November 1960
ProducerLester Koenig
Art Pepper chronology
Smack Up
Living Legend


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [1]
Down Beat     [2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD. Fourth Edition, 1998    
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide     [3]

The sleeve notes (by Lester Koenig) quote Richard Hadlock, jazz editor of the San Francisco Examiner, who writes:

"As this and his last Contemporary release Smack Up!, demonstrate, Art was well on his way toward a new kind of playing freedom in 1960. He had, partly through the examples of John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman, begun to set aside his few remaining inhibitions and reach out for still more direct contact with his emotions... A musician friend told me recently that sometimes Pepper's playing 'sounds like a man crying — it just tears you up.' I agree."

AllMusic reviewer Scott Yanow awarded the album 4.5 stars and called it an "interesting and largely enjoyable set". Yanow also echoed Hadlock's comments, writing that "Pepper was just starting to show the influence of John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman in his style, freeing up his playing and displaying a greater intensity during his improvisations."[1]

Track listingEdit

  1. "I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me" (Jimmy McHugh; Clarence Gaskill) – 4:25
  2. "I Love You" (Cole Porter) – 5:25
  3. "Come Rain or Come Shine" (Harold Arlen; Johnny Mercer) – 4:45
  4. "Long Ago (And Far Away)" (Jerome Kern; Ira Gershwin) – 4:24
  5. "Gone With The Wind" (Allie Wrubel; Herb Magidson) – 6:00
  6. "I Wished on the Moon" (Ralph Rainger; Dorothy Parker) – 5:37
  7. "Too Close For Comfort" (Jerry Bock; Larry Holofcener; George David Weiss) – 6:46
(Recorded on 23–25 November 1960.)



  1. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. Art Pepper: Intensity – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved October 28, 2020.
  2. ^ Down Beat:May 23, 1963 Vol. 30, No. 12
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 160. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.


  • Richard Cook & Brian Morton. The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD. Penguin, 4th edition, 1998. ISBN 0-14-051383-3