Pepper Adams

The Pepper-Knepper Quintet with Pepper Adams and Jimmy Knepper

Fresh Sound Records

Pepper Adams (bs), Jimmy Knepper (tb), Wynton Kelly (p, org), Doug Watkins (b), Elvin Jones (d)

Reference: FSRCD 344

Bar code: 8427328603447

4 **** by All Music Guide

"Although Leonard Feather, in the original liner notes that are reproduced for this reissue, says that it is an oversimplification to call the music on this 1958 session "hard bop," the performances are actually pretty definitive of the idiom. Baritonist Pepper Adams, freshly arrived in New York from Detroit, co-leads a quintet with the up-and-coming trombonist Jimmy Knepper that also includes such young notables as pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Doug Watkins and drummer Elvin Jones. They perform an obscure Jon Hendricks song, a lyrical version of "All Too Soon," the straight-ahead bebop blues "Beaubien," a couple obscure originals, Duke Ellington's "I Didn't Know About You" (which has Kelly switching to a spooky-sounding organ) and Knepper's "Primrose Path." The blend between baritone and trombone is quite effective, the musicians all take consistently excellent solos and the music is state-of-the-art 1958 modern mainstream jazz; in other words, hard bop."

Scott Yanow -All Music Guide

01. Minor Catastrophe (Hendricks) 6:05
02. All Too Soon (Ellington) 5:53
03. Beaubien (Adams) 6:23
04. Adams in the Apple (Knepper) 4:49
05. Riverside Drive (Ellington) 4:27
06. I Didn't Know (Knepper) 4:27
07. Primrose path (Knepper) 7:04

Album details

Recorded in New York City, March 25, 1958.

$11.34  (tax incl.)

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