Mean What You Say (Thad Jones/Pepper Adams Quintet album)

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Mean What You Say
Mean What You Say (Thad Jones Pepper Adams Quintet album).jpg
Studio album by
RecordedApril 26 and May 4 & 9, 1966
StudioPlaza Sound Studios, New York City
MSP 9001
ProducerOrrin Keepnews
Thad Jones chronology
Opening Night
Mean What You Say
Presenting Thad Jones/Mel Lewis and the Jazz Orchestra
Pepper Adams chronology
'Pepper Adams Plays the Compositions of Charlie Mingus

'''''Mean What You Say


Mean What You Say is an album by the Thad Jones/Pepper Adams Quintet recorded in 1966 and released on the Milestone label.[1][2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[4]

Scott Yanow of Allmusic called the band a "high-quality hard bop unit" and stated "Jones and Adams always made for a potent team, but the rise of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra meant that this particular quintet only lasted a short time".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Thad Jones except where noted.

  1. "Mean What You Say" – 4:36
  2. "H and T Blues" – 7:42
  3. "Wives and Lovers" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) – 4:55
  4. "Bossa Nova Ova" – 3:23
  5. "No Refill" – 4:38
  6. "Little Waltz" (Ron Carter) – 6:30
  7. "Chant" (Duke Pearson) – 5:20
  8. "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn) – 4:06



  1. ^ Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians: Adams, Pepper accessed February 9, 2015
  2. ^ Carner, G., Pepper Adams' Joy Road: An Annotated Discography, Rowman & Littlefield, 2012, p. 154
  3. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review, February 9, 2015
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 4. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.