The Complete Regent Sessions
  • Regent MG 6069
    Regent MG 6069
  • Savoy MG 12123
    Savoy MG 12123
  • Regent MG 6066
    Regent MG 6066
  • Pepper Adams
    Pepper Adams

Pepper Adams

The Complete Regent Sessions

Fresh Sound Records

Pepper Adams (bs), Sonny Red (as), Bernard McKinney (euphonium), Wynton Kelly, Hank Jones (p), Doug Watkins, George Duvivier (b), Elvin Jones (d)

Reference: FSRCD 491

Bar code: 8427328604918


A self-styled pre-bop era player, Pepper Adams, a product of the Motor City scene, was keenly aware of the importance of having musical roots in the past. He confessed to the influence of Harry Carney, in the way I wanted to play the horn. See, no baritone player should be afraid of the noise it makes. Carney isn't. He gets right down into it, inside it. Adams made these recordings in 1957, the year Down Beat jazz critics chose him as the New Star of baritone sax, and the year he began to get a nationwide reputation. The firmness of his tone, the ease of his technique, his flow of ideas and their execution are always impressive.

01. Watkins Production (Doug Watkins) 9:30
02. Stop (Fats Navarro) 8:19
03. Redd's Head (Sonny Redd) 9:19
04. Bloos, Blooze, Blues (P. David) 10:12
05. Seein' Red (Barry Harris) 7:22
06. Like What Is This? (Bernard McKinney) 7:35
07. Skippy (Pepper Adams) 7:47

Album details

Tracks #1 & 3, from the album "Art Pepper/Sonny Redd" (Regent MG 6069)
Track #2, from the album "Jazz is Busting Out All Over" (Savoy MG 12123)
Tracks #4-7, from album LP "The Cool Sounds of Pepper Adams" (Regent MG 6066)

Personnel on #1-3:
Sonny Red (alto sax); Pepper Adams (baritone sax); Wynton Kelly (piano); Doug Watkins (bass); Elvin Jones (drums).
Recorded in Hackensack, New Jersey, on November 12, 1957

Personnel on #4-7:
Bernard McKinney (euphonium); Pepper Adams (baritone sax); Hank Jones (piano); George Duvivier (bass); Elvin Jones (drums).
Recorded in Hackensack, New Jersey, on November 19, 1957

Recording engineer: Rudy Van Gelder
Original sessions produced by Ozzie Cadena
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
© 2022 by Fresh Sound Records

Hi Fi · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas, S.L.

Press reviews

"A companion release to Hollywood Quintet Sessions, The Complete Regent Sessions (including tracks from the LPs Art Pepper/Sonny Redd, Jazz Is Busting Out All Over, and The Cool Sound of Pepper Adams), also from 1957, features emerging baritone saxophone star Pepper Adams in a series of lengthy jazz jams, unlike the shorter and compact studio recordings he did with West Coast musicians. These two East Coast dates done during the early winter in Hackensack, NJ, at Rudy Van Gelder's house studio feature Adams' running mates who matriculated from Detroit to New York City with him, including Doug Watkins (who was also on the Hollywood tracks), Elvin Jones on all selections, Hank Jones, and Bernard McKinney. These long-winded originals loaded with extraordinary solos mark yet another progression for Adams -- that of a keen improviser the likes of which jazz had rarely heard on his instrument short of Harry Carney, Serge Chaloff, and peer Gerry Mulligan. The first three tracks team Adams with the tart sweet and sour alto saxophonist Sonny Red, offering an interesting contrast to the warmer, dulcet low-end sounds of the bari. Two calypso or Latin swing tunes kick things off -- "Watkins Production," where you clearly hear the impressive solo chops of the principals, and the obscure Fats Navarro number "Stop," sped up and rushed by an atypically anxious Elvin Jones. "Redd's Head" is bop at its best, a hard-driving swinger with a distinctive melody and choppy lead-in to solos that hint at rhythm & blues. Of the remaining five selections, Adams and McKinney emphasize exclusively underground timbres on the opposite ends of the audio spectrum. Stealthy, sneaky, low-down detective music is extracted on "Bloos, Blooze, Blues," and McKinney's variation of "What Is This Thing Called Love?," retitled "Like...What Is This?," reharmonizes the famous standard in a cunning, circular, and hot adaptation. A Barry Harris composition, "Seein' Red," might be a reference to Sonny Red in its ribald and hard bop construct, but cools to a slow simmer, while "Skippy," from the pen of Adams, seems easy as pie and simple for these masters. Bassist George Duvivier contributes a fabulous bouncy and solid solo on "Skippy," and credit must given to the brilliant pianists -- Wynton Kelly on the cuts with Sonny Red, and Hank Jones with homeboys Adams, McKinney, and Elvin Jones. These definitive dates, as well as the Bethlehem label document Motor City Scene with Donald Byrd and Jazzmen Detroit, the earlier Savoy recording led by Kenny Burrell, all belong in the collection of any fan and admirer of Park Pepper Adams III."

—Michael G. Nastos (All Music Guide)


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