I learned recently that Claudette Adams, Pepper’s widow, has passed away.
Excerent Music, Pepper’s publishing company, is likely now being overseen
by Dylan Hill, her son and Pepper's stepson.
I’ve been told that the Excelsior paperback version of Reflectory: The Life
and Music of Pepper Adams will be published this September. Once
available, a link to it will be posted on pepperadams.com, and it will be sold
through online booksellers, such as Amazon.com. I’ve also been told that it
may also be available at neighborhood bookstores, at least in the US,
though you may have to order it.
Updates made to my liner notes for Paul Tynan and Aaron Lington’s new
Bicoastal Collective release were just submitted.Their record company’s
owner didn’t like my opening, feeling it wasn’t directly about Tynan and
Lington, and that it also sounded like “sour grapes”:
Inasmuch as Wynton Marsalis has served as a double-threat jazz and
classical recording artist, why haven’t Paul Tynan and Aaron Lington
done the same? Both possess the pedigree, musicianship, and virtuosity
that made Marsalis a dual cash cow for Columbia Records beginning in
the 1980s, when Tynan and Lington were youngsters. Marsalis’s status
as the only jazz player in the 1980s and ’90s who, as a featured soloist,
also recorded the classical repertoire with symphony orchestras, is typical
in the US. According to Robert Frank and Philip Cook’s The Winner-
Take-All Society: Why the Few at the Top Get So Much More Than the Rest
, “Top performers tend to monopolize pay and prestige, leaving little in the
way of either gain or glory for the vast numbers of also-rans.” Alas, although
Tynan and Lington by the mid-nineties were eminently qualified to be
featured on both jazz and classical dates, offers never came their way.
The most recent Pepper Adams roundtable that Lington and I convened, #4,
should be posted on YouTube and https://www.pepperadams.com/soon. The first three are here:
https://www.pepperadams.com/PanelDiscussions.html Some modifications still need to be made to fix a few music examples. The
event broke new ground, and musicians should be delighted with it. Panel #5
can be expected sometime this fall, corresponding with the paperback release
Pepper Adams: Saxophone Trailblazer.
Peter Kang’s third-year recital of Adams tunes at University of Toronto is here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5SetgI9r1Q&t=1814s I hope to post his charts at pepperadams.com.
A new version of Disco Updates, the place where I make changes and
corrections to Joy Road: An Annotated Discography of Pepper Adams, has
been posted. So too have updates to three parts of Adams’s chronology:
Early Years: 1930–1958, Byrd-Adams Quintet: 1958–1961, and Journeyman: 1961–1964.