Program #1939

The late Jim Pepper, a legendary saxophonist, grew up in Oklahoma and moved to New York in the mid-'60s, and his catchy composition "Witchi-Tai-To" (based on an ancient peyote chant) is now a jazz standard. We hear that classic alongside a tribute by guitarist Joel Harrison, the "Chant for Jim Pepper." Continuing in the same fusion vein, we sample George Sams's "The Path With a Heart For Africa," as well as music by Don Cherry, Steven Horowitz, and the Necks.

PROGRAM # 1939 (First aired on Friday, July 20, 2001)





Codona - Collin Walcott, Don Cherry, Nana Vasconcelos


Codona [6:00]

ECM #1132***

Joel Harrison

3 + 3 = 7

Someday Earth (for Don Cherry) [9:30]

9 Winds #0187**

George Sams

Nomadic Winds

The Path With A Heart For Africa [8:00]

Hat Art #3506. Swiss LP, out of print. May be found online at

Jim Pepper

Comin' and Goin'

Witchi-Tai-To [8:30]

Antilles #90680. Out of print CD. Other Jim Pepper CDs are available at or

Joel Harrison


Chant For Jim Pepper [7:00]

Spirit Nectar #006. or

Club D'Elf

As Above - live at the lizard lounge

In A Perfect World [3:30]

Grapeshot Media #GRR1003. or

The Necks

Piano Bass Drums

Unheard, excerpt [7:00]

Shock # FOM005. Australian CD, available at

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