Pepper Adams (baritone saxophonist)

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"I'm all in favor of getting grants for musicians. Or any other good brand of Scotch." (Pepper Adams)

Mr Adams was certainly one of the greatest and most influential baritone saxophonists.
Featuring in Mingus formations, he also led his own hard-bop dates, including a number of sessions with Donald Byrd.

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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. He worked with an array of musicians, and had especially fruitful collaborations with trumpeter Donald Byrd and as a member of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1957 Critics' Choice Pepper Adams 3
1957 Pepper Adams Quintet Pepper Adams 4
1958 The Pepper - Knepper Quintet Pepper Adams & Jimmy Knepper 1
1961 Motor City Scene Donald Byrd & Pepper Adams 3
1964 Plays Charlie Mingus Pepper Adams 2
1969 Encounter! Pepper Adams 3
1978 Baritone Madness The Nick Brignola Sextet featuring Pepper Adams 1
1978 Reflectory Pepper Adams 1
1980 The Master Pepper Adams 1
1981 Urban Dreams Pepper Adams 1
1992 California Cooking Pepper Adams 1
1995 The Adams Effect Pepper Adams 1
1998 The Cool Sound of Pepper Adams Pepper Adams 1
2008 Hollywood Quintet Sessions Pepper Adams 1
2012 Complete Live at Jorgie's 1961 The Donald Byrd & Pepper Adams Quintet feat. Herbie Hancock 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 The Complete Blue Note Donald Byrd/Pepper Adams Studio Sessions Donald Byrd & Pepper Adams 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1960 Live at the Half Note, Volume 2 Donald Byrd with Pepper Adams , Duke Pearson , Laymon Jackson & Lex Humphries 1
1975 Twelfth & Pingree Pepper Adams 1
1976 Julian Pepper Adams 2
1994 Conjuration: Fat Tuesday's Session Pepper Adams 1
2000 Live Pepper Adams 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1960 Motor City Scene Donald Byrd with Pepper Adams 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1958 10 to 4 at the 5 Spot Pepper Adams 4

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