Mean What You Say (Thad Jones/Pepper Adams Quintet album)

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Mean What You Say
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Studio album by Thad Jones/Pepper Adams Quintet
Released 1966
Recorded April 26 and May 4 & 9, 1966
Studio Plaza Sound Studios, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 40:41
Label Milestone
MSP 9001
Producer Orrin Keepnews
Thad Jones chronology
Opening Night
(1966)Opening Night1966
Mean What You Say
Presenting Thad Jones/Mel Lewis and the Jazz Orchestra
(1966)Presenting Thad Jones/Mel Lewis and the Jazz Orchestra1966
Pepper Adams chronology
Pepper Adams Plays the Compositions of Charlie Mingus
(1963) Pepper Adams Plays the Compositions of Charlie Mingus1963
Mean What You Say
(1966) Mean What You Say1966
(1968) Encounter!1968

Mean What You Say is an album by the Thad Jones/Pepper Adams Quintet recorded in 1966 and released on the Milestone label.[1][2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[4]

Scott Yanow of Allmusic called the band a "high-quality hard bop unit" and stated "Jones and Adams always made for a potent team, but the rise of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra meant that this particular quintet only lasted a short time".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Thad Jones except where noted.

  1. "Mean What You Say" – 4:36
  2. "H and T Blues" – 7:42
  3. "Wives and Lovers" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) – 4:55
  4. "Bossa Nova Ova" – 3:23
  5. "No Refill" – 4:38
  6. "Little Waltz" (Ron Carter) – 6:30
  7. "Chant" (Duke Pearson) – 5:20
  8. "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn) – 4:06



  1. ^ Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians: Adams, Pepper accessed February 9, 2015
  2. ^ Carner, G., Pepper Adams' Joy Road: An Annotated Discography, Rowman & Littlefield, 2012, p. 154
  3. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review, February 9, 2015
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 4. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.