Fans of Pepper Adams (so pretty much all baritone saxophonists) should be aware of Gary Carner. It is not an exaggeration to say he is the foremost authority on Pepper Adams. Not only does he run the very extensive site, pepperadams.com he also published ‘Joy Road’, a very thorough annotated discography of Pepper Adams. And after many years of prepping, holding interviews, and research he has completed his biography of Pepper, titled “Reflectory: The Life and Music of Pepper Adams”.
The biography is currently available in eBook form, with a physical copy perhaps due out in the future. The amazing thing about the eBook format is that it includes inline links to hundreds of recordings relevant to exactly what is being said in the book at that time. Many of these recordings are previously unreleased – thousands of hours of music included here.
Find out even more and buy a copy here:
I recently was able to have a nice discussion with Gary Carner about the book and also about Pepper Adams. His love and enthusiasm for the great baritonist and this project is clearly evident. I have included the interview below.