Pepper Adams: Valse Celtique


Valse Celtique


Pepper Adams (baritone sax)


The Adams Effect (Uptown Records UPCD 27.31)

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Pepper Adams (baritone sax), Frank Foster (tenor sax), Tommy Flanagan (piano), Ron Carter (bass), Billy Hart (drums).

Composed by Pepper Adams


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 25-26, 1985


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

After the beautiful solo piano intro, the entrance of the rest of the band sounds a bit like a pack of bulls charging into an arena. Well, hasn't Pepper Adams been nicknamed "the Knife" because of his way of soloing? That's what he does here, with vigor and stamina, and except for the mild Flanagan, his colleagues all sound more like fiery Celts than like waltz buffs. But who's afraid of a bit of roughness at the hands of such high-class improvisers?

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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