Pepper Adams Quintet

In the last couple years it has come to my attention that I enjoy the baritone saxophone quite a bit.  I didn’t realize this until I was fortunate to end up with several Serge Chaloff and Pepper Adams LPs.  The latter leads this 1957 session for the Mode label with some top left coast players: Stu Williamson (tp), Carl Perkins (p), Leroy Vinnegar (bs), and Mel Lewis (dr).  He plays the large horn beautifully and fluidly throughout, and his reading of the ballad “My One and Only Love” is included below.

(Details: Mode MOD-LP 112/mono)

Pepper Adams – My One and Only Love (mono)

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14 Responses to Pepper Adams Quintet

  1. Clifford says:

    Nice!
    Agreed; it wasn’t until I interviewed Bluiett some years ago that I really started to spend more time listening to the baritone. It’s a wonderful instrument.

  2. Lovely record, never seen it before. Got to love Pepper, his solos’s are just so interesting, (whereas Mulligan so much isn’t). But a tough call between Pepper and Sahib Shihab. Something about that instrument brings out the beast in players. And the best too.

    • vinyltim says:

      I like the Mulligan/Baker quartet quite a bit, but I’m with you, there are more interesting sessions and players out there. I have a couple later reissues of Shihab and Leo Parker recordings, but I haven’t listened to them much yet–gotta dig in on those.

      • Joe L. says:

        Just about anything with Shihab is worth a listen. He’s on a few “small” big band records (Tadd Dameron “Fontainebleau”; Betty Carter, “Out There”; Quincy Jones “Birth of a Band”) and he elevates them all. Interesting musician.

        • vinyltim says:

          Thanks for the suggestions. The only Shihab I have is 1980 2LP reissue of 1957 sessions called “All-Star Sextets”, but I haven’t checked it out yet. I’ll get it on the turntable asap.

          • Joe L says:

            Also, forgot to mention that it’s a lovely record; like LJC, I have not seen that one. What a great cover!

          • vinyltim says:

            I really like it too and will be looking for more from Mr.Adams and the Mode label in general. Strangely, this is the second copy I’ve ended up with–the vinyl was VG- on the first copy so this was an upgrade and I’m glad to have it.

  3. Joe L. says:

    I’m sure you have them, but I really like Pepper’s work on the Donald Byrd at the Half-Note records on Blue Note. Very swinging.

    • vinyltim says:

      I do–Vol 1 as a King Japan reissue and Vol 2 as an early Liberty reissue. Great stuff for sure. Also have a Music Matters 2x45rpm of “The Cat Walk” which is the same band except Philly Joe on drums…….Still looking for Pepper Adams “10 to 4 at the The 5 Spot”.

      • Joe L says:

        Have just been digging on Vol. 1. Thanks for reminding me not to forget Pepper!

        • vinyltim says:

          No problem!

          • Joe L. says:

            Was just listening to Chet Baker “Chet” on Riverside this morning, and a lovely baritone came in on the opening song. I thought “wow! that’s great stuff, who is that?” Pepper!

          • vinyltim says:

            Nice. Seems like he’s pretty well recorded. I also have some later LPs of his that I haven’t checked out yet.

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