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Encounter! Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (May 20, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Prestige / Original Jazz Classics
  • ASIN: B000000Z2D
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,978 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Douglas T Martin on August 3, 2004
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"Encounter" showcases as good a line-up as you'll find on record: Pepper Adams on baritone sax, Zoot Sims on tenor, Tommy Flanagan on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and the force-of-nature known as Elvin Jones driving this train with both bombast and sensitivity. Adam's "Inanout" is an old-school bop number with some hardcore soloing from Adams and Sims on what almost threatens to become a Jazz-At-The-Philharmonic-style cutting contest. The Strayhorn/Ellington composition "Star-Crossed Lovers" is a beautiful ballad with a etheral solo by Flanagan. Particularly effective is the way Sims and Adams take turns supporting each other with the same single-note accents while the other plays the melody.

"Elusive" is a smoking Thad Jones song with swinging solos from both horns and more jaw-dropping drumwork from the composer's brother, Elvin Jones. During Tommy Flanagan's solo, you can hear someone say "Yeah!" off mic - not sure who said it but I'm in complete agreement. Flanagan contributes the closing number, "Verdandi", a quick and rousing number made to blow the listeners out of their seats. Again, Elvin Jones tears this tune up - when the final chord fades out, you'll just want to say "Whew!"
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By Ozzie on September 19, 2000
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This 1968 recording by Pepper Adams proves (once again) what a master he was on the less popular baritone sax. There's no heavy-handedness in his playing whatsoever, rather, he plays in a swinging, soulful mood, sometimes gruff, but always melodic. The presence of tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims is a nice touch : nobody could ever create a more smooth sound on the horn; absolute masters like Ben Webster or Ike Quebec may have equalled him with their own particular sound, but never surpassed him, as he never sounded like nobody but himself. Add Tommy Flanagan on piano, Ron Carter on bass and Elvin Jones on drums, and you know this has to be a great union of top jazzmen, and it is ! A set which is made up largely of originals and fairly recent compositions by the likes of Joe Henderson and Thad Jones, this is no run-of-the-mill jam session, rather a beautifully crafted showcase for the talent of these five greats.
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After hearing Pepper Adams stand out on various Mingus and Coltrane albums I decided to seek out his solo albums. While I didn't dislike most of them I found the musical style to be too laid-back and "cool". This CD "Encounter" is the exception to the rule. It easily features some of his most intense, hardest swinging ever, possibly because he's getting support from the legendary John Coltrane rhythm section of Elvin Jones, Ron Carter and Tommy Flanagan. Zoot Sims is also on hand and sounds terrific. If you want to hear Pepper Adams play hard-bop rather than in the Mulligan cool mode give this one a spin!
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favorite musicians when I bought the LP, since it sounded to me as if they were playing in different studios at different times. Zoot sounded over-heated from the start, as he's done on other sessions (e.g. the one with Hackett) when he's apparently been called upon to run out the changes and the clock.
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I refer to "I've Just Seen Her" which I think is a perfectly performed ballad, a masterpiece. However, it suffers from one anomaly. The engineer (I suspect RVG as the piano has a unique tonal quality identical to that of the piano in virtually all RVG recordings of the 1960s) mixed this to 2 tracks in the style of the day with every instrument almost entirely on one channel. Piano, baritone, and bass on the left channel, and tenor and drums on the right.

So what happens on this tune, when tenor and drums lay out? Everybody is on the left channel, and all we hear on the right channel is a faint echo of the piano, baritone, and bass. Moving one's balance control to compensate results in a virtually mono sound. Perhaps it could be remastered using modern techniques to spread the instruments around, but the cost of that effort probably cannot be justified.

Meanwhile, 4 stars for this tune alone. It is a rare gem. Enjoy!
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