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Pepper Adams interview, 1986

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Hear baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams in conversation with Ben Sidran in an interview conducted a mere eight months before his passing.

Pepper Adams was one of jazz's most prominent baritone saxophonists, recording 18 albums as a leader. He also recorded and performed alongside the likes of John Coltrane, Donald Byrd, Chet Baker and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra.

On this episode, Adams shares one of his favourite performances with Thelonious Monk at Town Hall in New York City, as well as some of his own recordings.

Tracks in this feature

1. 'Little Rootie Tootie' - Thelonious Monk
Album: The Thelonious Monk Orchestra live at Town Hall, 1959 (OJCCD 135-2)

2. 'Friday the 13th' - Thelonious Monk
Album: The Thelonious Monk Orchestra live at Town Hall, 1959 (OJCCD 135-2)

3. 'The Long Two-Four' - Pepper Adams
Album: 10 to 4 at the Five Spot (Riverside OJC 031)

4. 'Muezzin' - Pepper Adams
Album: Pepper Adams Quintet (Mode Records MOD LP 112)

Presented by Ben Sidran
CD: Talking Jazz (Nardis NMX 24)
Image: Donalyd Byrd In A Soulful Mood rear cover
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Sep 4, 2015. 2:00pm - 2:55pm

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Park Frederick "Pepper" Adams III (October 8, 1930 - September 10, 1986) was an American jazz baritone saxophonist and composer. He composed 43 pieces, was the leader on eighteen albums spanning 28 years, and participated in 600 sessions as a sideman. Biography: Early life: Pepper Adams was born in Highland Park, Michigan, to father Park Adams II and mother Cleo Marie Coyle. Both of his...

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On Sep 7, 2015. 1:35pm
Anonymous said

'Jeru' Mulligan's brilliance as an innovative baritone saxophonist, band leader, composer and arranger is beyond doubt. Yet assessed in terms of a pure and full-bodied gritty bari-sax sound, I prefer both Pepper Adams and Serge Chaloff.
Christopher Lynch.

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