Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Cannonball Adderley - In New York

This album (reissued on CD) was the recording debut of altoist Cannonball Adderley's strongest group, his sextet with brother Nat on cornet; Yusef Lateef on tenor, oboe, and flute; pianist Joe Zawinul; bassist Sam Jones; and drummer Louis Hayes. All of Lateef's 1962-1963 recordings with Adderley are well worth acquiring. This live set (recorded at the Village Vanguard) has plenty of variety and is highlighted by "Gemini," the boppish "Dizzy's Business," and "Scotch and Water." - by Scott Yanow,AMG

When multi-reed player Yusef Lateef joined Cannonball and Nat he brought an added dimension to the exuberant funk of the Adderley brothers. Just listen to his mysterious composition "Syn-athesia" and you'll hear what I mean. The recipe for the rest of the performances, recorded live in 1962 at the Village Vanguard, is uptempo and everyone was in the mood to play hard! After Cannonball's verbal introduction bassist Sam Jones leads the guys into a rousing Jimmy Heath composition titled "Gemini." Here Yusef gets some particularly wild sounds out of his tenor sax. The heat continues on Lateef's composition "Planet Earth." Another highlight is pianist Joe Zawinul's sprightly tune "Scotch and Water," in which, as Cannonball points out, he tries to capture the exuberance of said drink; he succeed by the way! Another exciting evening of jazz at the Vanguard! - by Andrew Stevenson,

Artist: The Cannonball Adderley Sextet
Album: The Cannonball Adderley Sextet in New York
Year: (1962)
Label: OJC (1987)
Runtime: 44:59

1.  Introduction - By Cannonball 1:53
2.  Gemini (Jimmy Heath) 11:47
3.  Planet Earth (Yusef Lateef) 8:00
4.  Dizzy's Business (Ernie Wilkins) 7:01
5.  Syn-anthesia (Yusef Lateef) 7:04
6.  Scotch and Water (Joe Zawinul) 5:55
7.  Cannon's Theme (Sam Jones) 3:15

Cannonball Adderley (Alto Saxophone)
Nat Adderley (Cornet)
Yusef Lateef (Tenor Saxophone, Flute and Oboe)
Joe Zawinul (Piano)
Sam Jones (Double Bass)
Louis Hayes (Drums)


  1. Thank you itr for this real classic and have a nice holiday season-

  2. Thanks for this classic album. I've been looking for this for a long time.



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