Pepper Adams' Joy Road not only compiles the sessions and gigs of the greatest baritone saxophone soloist in history, but it's a fascinating overview of Adams' life and times through colorful interviews with Adams and other musicians. These candid observations open a window onto the behind-the-scenes drama that surrounded legendary recordings by John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Pearson, Thad Jones, David Amram, Elvin Jones, and many others.
Gary Carner, an independent jazz researcher, is the author of Jazz Performers and The Miles Davis Companion. From 1984 until Adams's death in 1986, Carner collaborated with Pepper Adams on his memoirs. Carner's research on Adams spans four decades.
Foreword by Dan Morgenstern Acknowledgments How to Use This Book Preface Chapter 1. The Early Years: 1947-1958 Chapter 2. Donald Byrd-Pepper Adams Quintet: 1958-1961 Chapter 3. Journeyman: 1961-1965 Chapter 4. Thaddeus: 1965-1977 Chapter 5. International Soloist: 1977-1986 Appendix 1. Dates as Leader Appendix 2. Broadcasts and Recordings That No Longer Survive Bibliography Filmography Index About the Author