A history of the Jazz:West label established by Herb Kimmel in 1954. Jazz artists recorded by Kimmel include: Jack Sheldon, Walter Norris, Zoot Sims, Jane Fielding, Red Mitchell, Lou Levy, Kenny Drew, Joe Maini, Paul Chambers, John Coltrane, Lawrence Marable, James Clay, Julius Wechter, and Art Pepper. Additional chapters examine Art Pepper's recording activity from July 1956 through April 1957 including Pepper's recordings on Capitol, RCA Victor, Playboy, Kapp, Tampa, Pacific Jazz, Contemporary, Vanguard, Intro, and Omegatape. The book includes a previously unpublished forty page interview with Art and Laurie Pepper by Will Thornbury where Pepper discusses his recordings from this period.
Herb Kimmel's greatest fame was achieved as an experimental psychologist. He received numerous awards, honors, and recognition for his pioneering work. Herb Kimmel was the first to demonstrate instrumental conditioning of autonomically mediated behavior, a discovery that led psychology to biofeedback therapies. Prior to completing his doctoral degree at USC he worked as a deputy sheriff at the Wayside Honor Rancho where he encountered inmates including Gene Roland, Gerry Mulligan, and Will MacFarland. These encounters would play a significant role in his decision to establish Jazz:West Records and Outpost Productions. Kimmel was also a published writer and composer. A complete discography covers all releases on Jazz:West, Intro, and Score. Brief biographies are included of all of the jazz artists who recorded for Jazz:West and Intro. 197 photographs and illustrations, many in color and previously unpublished, are included. A bibliography, names & places index, and endnotes complete the book.