This album, arguably the best and most playful interaction involving Baker and Art Pepper, displays them accompanied by Curtis Counce at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, November 20th, 1956. On the inside there’s another shot of the same session with another member of the album’s sextet, Phil Urso.
The collaborations between Chet Baker and Art Pepper were originally issued in such a disparity of ways that it might seem difficult at first to think about them as a coherent body of work. Their first session was recorded in Los Angeles on July 26, 1956. For reasons unknown, the tracks were not issued at the time and would later appear as The Route. Three months later, however, Baker and Pepper recorded with completely different personnel for the expressed purpose of issuing what would become known as Picture of Heath [also issued as Playboys]. This was Baker and Pepper’s most famous album together. Picture of Heath was the title of the first song, but also a reminder that nearly all of the album’s tunes were compositions by Jimmy Heath (though two were by Pepper).