Sunday, February 12, 2012

Jim Pepper - Comin' And Goin' (1984)

Of the limited discography offered to us by Jim Pepper, this is his finest contemporary recording, done with the pianist Kenny Werner's trio and several special guests, including John Scofield and Don Cherry. A fine representation of this Native American's work especially as a collaborator, check out the vibrant "Lakota Song," the title track, and especially "Malinyea" in tandem with pocket trumpeter Don Cherry. A reflection of his time in Woodstock at the Creative Music Studio, Pepper creates world jazz fusion with a twist relating to his heritage, something that perhaps nobody else has done, or is capable of. Of course his magnum opus "Witchi-Tai-To" is included in this inspired and inspirational set, which is highly recommended.

01 Witchi-Tai-To
02 Ya Na Ho
03 Squaw Song
04 Goin' Down to Muskogee
05 Comin' and Goin'
06 Lakota Song
07 Water
08 Custer Gets It
09 Malinyea