Pepper Adams Compositions
The following is a list of the 43 compositions written by Pepper Adams, with composition dates and publishing companies. Each title is a link to additional detailed information, including Library of Congress registration dates and numbers, and where known, background information. A discography is included of all known commercial recordings, either by Adams, or by other musicians, with album cover art, samples from the recording (if available), and links to where the recording can be purchased. (note)
Whenever possible, the cover art is from the original release of the LP or CD. Descriptive material for each release has been obtained from a variety of sources (excerpts from liner notes if possible, but more often from reviews on various websites; if known, the author is acknowledged). The mp3 samples are generous in size, and not just a seemingly random 30 second snippet. Some samples are meant to highlight a particularly interesting feature common to all versions; an attempt has been made to highlight the form of the tune, and wherever feasible, the featured soloist.
To date, there are a total of 149 distinct recordings of Pepper’s compositions. Eight albums (by others) are devoted exclusively to his tunes. Many of Pepper’s recordings of his tunes were on dates for which he was a sideman.

It is hoped that a resurgence of interest in Adams’ compositions will result in the availability of many new versions for many years to come. Please direct comments, additions, corrections, suggestions, etc. to info@pepperadams.com.
Ad Astra (1975) ENJA-European New Jazz Musik                     
Apothegm (1956) Crossroads Music                                        
Beaubien (1958) Modern Age Music                                
Binary (1979) Excerent Music                                                
Bossallegro (1980) Excerent Music                                                
Bossa Nouveau (1975) ENJA-European New Jazz Musik                
Cindy’s Tune (1968) D’Accord Music                                        
Civilization and Its Discontents (1973) D’Accord Music                                        
Claudette’s Way (1978) Excerent Music                                
Conjuration (1980) Excerent Music                                
Diabolique II (1983) Excerent Music                                
Dobbin’ (1983) Excerent Music                                
Doctor Deep (1982) Excerent Music                                
Dylan’s Delight (1978) Excerent Music                                
Enchilada Baby (1979) Excerent Music                                
Ephemera (1973) D’Accord Music                                
Etude Diabolique (1978) Excerent Music                                
Excerent! (1962) Jazz Standard Music                                
Freddie Froo (1957) Thank Music                                
Hellure (How Are You’re) (1973) D’Accord Music                                
I Carry Your Heart (1978) Excerent Music                                
Inanout (1970) D’Accord Music                                
In Love with Night (1978) Excerent Music                                
Jirge (1975) ENJA-European New Jazz Musik                                
Joy Road (1980) Excerent Music                                
Julian (1975) ENJA-European New Jazz Musik                                
Libeccio (1961) Publisher unknown                                
Like . . . What Is This (1957) Planemar Music                                
Lovers of Their Time (1980) Excerent Music                                
Mary’s Blues (1956) Prestige Music                                
Muezzin’ (1957) Thank Music                                
Now in Our Lives (1982) Excerent Music                                
Patrice (1973) D’Accord Music                                
Philson (1961) Publisher unknown                                
Reflectory (1978) Excerent Music                                
Rue Serpente (1979) Excerent Music                                
Trentino (1980) Excerent Music                                
Twelfth and Pingree (1975) ENJA-European New Jazz Musik                                
Urban Dreams (1980) Excerent Music                                
Valse Celtique (1979) Excerent Music                                
What Is It (1969) D’Accord Music                                
A Winter’s Tale (1956) Publisher unknown                                
Witches Pit (1957) Prestige Music