Pepper Adams Critics' Choice
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- Released: November 15, 2005
- Label: Mighty Quinn
- 1.Minor Mishap
- 2.Blackout Blues
- 3.High Step
- 5.Alone Together
- 7.Four Funky People - (Bonus Track)
Personnel: Pepper Adams (baritone saxophone); Pepper Adams; Doug Watkins (bass instrument); Lee Katzman (trumpet); Jimmy Rowles (piano); Mel Lewis (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Mantis Evar.
Liner Note Author: Ted Panken.
Recording information: 08/23/1957.
Pepper Adams was one of the greatest jazz baritone saxophonists of all time. During a time when Gerry Mulligan's cool-toned baritone was very influential, Adams rose to prominence with a harder and bigger sound, much more hard bop than cool. This relatively obscure release, originally an LP for the World Pacific label, finds the baritonist in Los Angeles matching his hard-driving style with several players identified with West Coast cool jazz. Trumpeter Lee Katzman, who is on every selection but "Blackout Blues" and "Four Funky People," has a tone closer to Chet Baker than to Donald Byrd, but fits in well with Adams. The rhythm section is mostly laid-back and quiet but swinging. A joy of this CD reissue is the repertoire, which contains catchy originals by Adams, Barry Harris (the memorable "High Step"), Tommy Flanagan, and Thad Jones in addition to a lone standard in "Alone Together." Adams was one of the most consistent of all jazzmen; he never seemed to make an unworthy record, so he is in typically fine form throughout this freewheeling hard bop set. "Four Funky People," not originally on the LP but from the same sessions, is included as a bonus cut. ~ Scott Yanow
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