JIM PEPPER

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Jim Pepper will always be best remembered for his popular recording of "Witchi-Tai-To," a peyote chant put to music. Pepper, who is definitively profiled in the hour-long documentary Pepper's Pow Wow (available on video), infused advanced jazz with the influence of his Native American heritage. The son of a father who also played saxophone, Pepper early in life loved to tap dance. He largely taught himself both tenor and clarinet, developing a soulful sound and keeping his style open to both free expression and the influence of world music. Pepper grew up in Oklahoma and moved to New York in the mid-'60s. He was a major part of one of the first fusion groups, Free Spirits, which made a record for ABC/Paramount in 1967. Pepper, who played in the "Everything Is Everything" band in the late '60s, was encouraged by Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry to put more of his read more...
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JIM PEPPER Pepper's Pow Wow album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Pepper's Pow Wow
World Fusion 1971
JIM PEPPER Comin' and Goin' album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Comin' and Goin'
World Fusion 1983
JIM PEPPER Dakota Song album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dakota Song
World Fusion 1987
JIM PEPPER The Path album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Path
World Fusion 1988
JIM PEPPER Jim Pepper · Christoph Spendel · Ron McClure · Reuben Hoch ‎: West End Avenue album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jim Pepper · Christoph Spendel · Ron McClure · Reuben Hoch ‎: West End Avenue
World Fusion 1989
JIM PEPPER Jim Pepper Claudine François Trio : Camargue album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jim Pepper Claudine François Trio : Camargue
World Fusion 1989

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JIM PEPPER Remembrance album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Remembrance
World Fusion 1994
JIM PEPPER Flying Eagle Live At New Morning, Paris album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Flying Eagle Live At New Morning, Paris
World Fusion 1999
JIM PEPPER Polar Bear Stomp album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Polar Bear Stomp
World Fusion 2004
JIM PEPPER Jim Pepper / Amina Claudine Myers / Anthony Cox / Leopoldo Fleming ‎: Afro Indian Blues album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jim Pepper / Amina Claudine Myers / Anthony Cox / Leopoldo Fleming ‎: Afro Indian Blues
World Fusion 2006
JIM PEPPER Jim Pepper & Eagle Wings ‎: Hunga-Chee-Ah-Da album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jim Pepper & Eagle Wings ‎: Hunga-Chee-Ah-Da
World Fusion 2008

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JIM PEPPER Pepper's Pow Wow

Album · 1971 · World Fusion
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Sean Trane
One of the rare Amerindian artiste to enjoy an open career in the jazz realm, but from the present album (his debut I believe), one can’t help but feeling some kind of unease, but it’s nothing about politics, but more about authenticity. But apparently most jazzmen took him seriously enough to have some really big names appearing on this album. Indeed, Coryell, Cobham and Rainey are present throughout most of the album. Helped out by some family (Gilbert & Ravie), Jim gets in some Amerindian ethnics, but one can’t help but wonder if this actually pays a good tribute to Native Americans. AI don’t necessarily mean the short chant-pieces spread throughout the album, but the main tune that take roots in the blues or country realm, both of which hurts the credibility of the album’s content, IMO. OK, I think that Pepper is having loads of fun and piques his own heritage, but one can’t help but wonder if he ever realized that the RSIS has a doo-wah-di-dy feel. Actually, if Jim appears to be the head-clown, the real “culprit” is his family Gilbert, who penned most tracks. Indeed how can Native Americans endorse redneck country music, without taking shots at it. Well, me no like it (country) and making fun of it is still playing it…. So I’ll pass on it.

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