Pepper – Knepper Quintet

Led by two top horn players of the era–baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams and trombonist Jimmy Knepper–this 1958 quintet record is excellent from top to bottom.  They are joined by Wynton Kelly (p) and two of Adams’ fellow Detroiters, Doug Watkins on bass and Elvin Jones on drums.  This is one the earlier sessions I’ve heard with Elvin, and it’s interesting to hear him in this hard bop style because I so closely associate his playing and sound with John Coltrane’s 1960’s quartet.  I’m also enjoying baritone sax of late, so listening to Pepper Adams is a good place to be…

I have no experience with the Metrojazz label, a subsidiary of MGM.  I looked into it a bit and this copy seems in line with an original pressing.  Though not as lively as a Blue Note, or as realistic as a Contemporary, it sounds perfectly good and contains some great music.

(Details: Metrojazz E1004 mono/red label)

Pepper – Knepper Quintet — Minor Catastrophe

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2 Responses to Pepper – Knepper Quintet

  1. dottorjazz says:

    yes, it’s an original first pressing.
    I’ve got three: 1001 and 1002 by Rollins and 1003 by Jones brothers.

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