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Pepper Adams

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Pepper Adams was one of hard bop's most significant baritone saxophonists. His dark, hearty tone on the horn and driving rhythmic sense provided the antithesis to the lighter, floating (and consequently more popular) styles of Gerry Mulligan. His family moved to Rochester, New York when he was young and in that city he began his musical efforts. That said his family's later move to Detroit, Michigan, a suburb of which was his birthplace, would be more important to his career. This occurred when he was sixteen and in Detroit he met several musicians who would later be important to his career, one example being Donald Byrd

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Live at Room at the Top

Label: Reel To Real
Released: 2022
Track listing: Three And One; Civilization and its Discontents; Patrice; Oleo;'Tis

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Article: Album Review

Pepper Adams: Live at Room at the Top

Read "Live at Room at the Top" reviewed by Edward Blanco


The late, great baritone saxophonist Park Frederick “Pepper" Adams III may be gone but he is certainly not forgotten, as Live at Room at the Top reveals in a spellbinding and blistering engagement documented but not released until now. Recorded at the University of Alberta Student Union at the Top, in September 1972, Adams and the ...

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Article: Journey into Jazz

Record Store Day April 2022 Jazz Releases

Read "Record Store Day April 2022 Jazz Releases" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


April 23, 2022 marks the fifteenth anniversary of Record Store Day. Over the years, RSD has grown from a small once-a-year experience to multiple events depending on the year. Each RSD drop features limited-edition vinyl releases, which are popular among collectors. More importantly, though, RSD draws attention to independent record stores, many of whom have flourished ...

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Article: Album Review

Pepper Adams: Live at Room at the Top

Read "Live at Room at the Top" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Recorded live in Alberta, Canada, in late September, 1972, Live at Room at the Top hits a top spot. Brought to light by intrepid saxophonist Cory Weeds and his archival Reel to Reel label (part of his Cellar Music Group) Pepper powers his way to the front of the bandstand poised, muscular and insistent with a ...

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Article: Album Review

Pepper Adams and the Tommy Banks Trio: Live at Room at the Top

Read "Live at Room at the Top" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


In a foreword by Jim Merod to Gary Carner's biography of Pepper Adams “Reflectory: The Life and Music of Pepper Adams," he describes Adams as follows: “Pepper was essentially alone in his magnificent command of his big horn's imposing challenges. He set a standard for its lyric power and boisterous allure." In ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Lost & Found Recordings: Pepper Adams, Sheila Jordan, David S. Ware

Read "Lost & Found Recordings: Pepper Adams, Sheila Jordan, David S. Ware" reviewed by David Brown


This week, lost and found recordings featuring Monk & Coltrane's final tour together, a lost movie soundtrack from Monk, a Sheila Jordan album she doesn't remember making, and other lost and found studio and live recordings from Pepper Adams, Bill Dixon & Cecil Taylor, Harold Land, David S. Ware, Ella Fitzgerald, Tim Berne Snakeoil and more! ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Carl Saunders & Pepper Adams

Read "Carl Saunders & Pepper Adams" reviewed by Joe Dimino


From a veteran musician that represents a bridge between the old and new worlds of music, we start the 724th Episode of Neon Jazz with Carl Saunders. We also look into some stellar artists that are making 2021 a memorable year. The great Nate Smith is on top of that list with his new material, along ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Pepper Adams

Jazz Musician of the Day: Pepper Adams

All About Jazz is celebrating Pepper Adams' birthday today! Pepper Adams was one of hard bop's most significant baritone saxophonists. His dark, hearty tone on the horn and driving rhythmic sense provided the antithesis to the lighter, floating (and consequently more popular) styles of Gerry Mulligan. His family moved to Rochester, New York when he was ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Charles Mingus: An Essential Top Ten Albums

Read "Charles Mingus: An Essential Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Chris May


Charles Mingus was rarely a happy man and yet his music possessed a power to uplift listeners unlike that of most other composer / bandleaders before or after him. It still has that power in 2021, four decades after his passing and on the eve of his hundredth anniversary in 2022. In his personal life, too, ...


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