The Cool Sound of Pepper Adams

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The Cool Sound of Pepper Adams
The Cool Sound of Pepper Adams.jpg
Studio album by Pepper Adams
Released 1958
Recorded November 19, 1957
Studio Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ
Genre Jazz
Length 33:11
Label Regent
MG 6066
Producer Ozzie Cadena
Pepper Adams chronology
Critics' Choice
(1957)Critics' Choice1957
The Cool Sound of Pepper Adams
The Pepper-Knepper Quintet
(1958)The Pepper-Knepper Quintet1958
Pure Pepper cover
Pure Pepper.jpg

The Cool Sound of Pepper Adams is an album led by baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams which was recorded in late 1957 and originally released on the Regent label.[1][2][3] The album was rereleased on Savoy as Pure Pepper in 1984 with an additional previously unreleased track.[4]


Professional ratings
Review scores
The Penguin Guide to Jazz3/4 stars[5]
Allmusic4/5 stars[6]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[7]

The Penguin Guide to Jazz states "The Cool Sound of Pepper Adams is hardly an appropriate title for a session by this leader, although the plodding tempos of three of the four pieces here don't generate much heat".[5]

The Allmusic review by Jason Ankeny states "A wonderfully soulful session featuring striking contributions from pianist Hank Jones and drummer Elvin Jones, its four lengthy cuts pulsate with energy and invention. Despite complementing Adams' baritone leads with Bernard McKinney's euphonium, the music never sounds bloated. Instead, it's supple and slinky, with a dexterity that's utterly winning".[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Bloos, Blooze, Blues" (P. David) – 10:12
  2. "Seein' Red" [Alternate take] (Bernard McKinney) – 7:41 Bonus track on reissue
  3. "Like...What Is This?" (McKinney) – 7:35
  4. "Skippy" (Abe Woodley) – 7:47
  5. "Seein' Red" (McKinney) – 7:22



  1. ^ Regent Records discography accessed February 22, 2017
  2. ^ Pepper Adams catalog accessed February 22, 2017
  3. ^ Encilopedia del Jazz: Pepper Adams accessed May 10, 2017
  4. ^ Discogs album entryg accessed February 22, 2017
  5. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (1994). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, LP & Cassette. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (2nd ed.). London: Penguin. p. 9. ISBN 0-14-017949-6. 
  6. ^ a b Ankeny, Jason. The Cool Sound of Pepper Adams – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  7. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 4. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.