Motor City Scene

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Motor City Scene
Motor City Scene.jpg
Studio album by Pepper Adams & Donald Byrd
Released 1960
Recorded 1960
New York City, NY
Genre Jazz
Length 42:56
Label Bethlehem
Pepper Adams chronology
10 to 4 at the 5 Spot
(1960)10 to 4 at the 5 Spot1960
Motor City Scene
Out of this World
(1961)Out of this World1961
Donald Byrd chronology
At the Half Note Cafe
(1960) At the Half Note Cafe1960
Motor City Scene
(1960) Motor City Scene1960
Out of this World
(1961) Out of this World1961

Motor City Scene, also released as Stardust, is an album by American saxophonist Pepper Adams and trumpeter Donald Byrd, recorded in 1960 and released on the Bethlehem label as BCP 6056 featuring Byrd and Adams with Kenny Burrell, Tommy Flanagan, Paul Chambers, and Louis Hayes.[1][2]


The Allmusic review by Michael G. Nastos awarded the album 3 stars and stated "Fine solos from the front-liners save this disc, as their formidable powers still show great promise. Two years hence, this band was a top-drawer attraction, but somehow this session doesn't gel to the extent many might have hoped it would".[3] The review by Scott Yanow of Pepper Adams' album Stardust awarded the album 4 stars and stating it was "Well worth searching for". It was also released on CD as In a Soulful Mood by Donald Byrd [4]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Stardust" (Hoagy Carmichael, Mitchell Parish) – 10:16
  2. "Philson" (Pepper Adams) – 10:44
  3. "Trio" (Erroll Garner) – 8:06
  4. "Libeccio" (Pepper Adams) – 8:38
  5. "Bitty Ditty" (Thad Jones) – 5:12



  1. ^ Donald Byrd discography accessed August 31, 2010
  2. ^ Encilopedia del Jazz: Pepper Adams accessed May 10, 2017
  3. ^ a b Nastos, M. G. Allmusic Review accessed August 31, 2010
  4. ^ Yanow, S. Stardust Allmusic Review accessed August 31, 2010