Mercy, Mercy, Mercy!: Live at

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy!: Live at "The Club"

by Cannonball AdderleyCannonball Adderley

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By the early 1960s hard bop was proudly displaying its affinity with R&B. At the forefront of the "soul jazz" movement was Cannonball Adderley, a dynamic alto saxophonist who made his reputation playing alongside John Coltrane in Miles Davis's extraordinary bands of the late 1950s. MERCY, MERCY, MERCY (1966) features the second of Adderley's own classic ensembles. With brother Nat on cornet, pianist Joe Zawinul, bassist Victor Gaskin, and drummer Roy McCurdy, Cannonball had himself a hard-swinging --and eminently funky -- combo. There's tough playing on tunes like "Fun," "Sticks," "Hippodelphia," and Nat's standard "Sack O' Woe," each moving to a danceable yet undeniably jazz-based groove. But nowhere is the funk more pronounced than on the classic title tune. Featuring composer Zawinul -- the funkiest Austrian who ever lived -- on electric piano, "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" moves to a lazy beat that makes its delicious melody all the more memorable. "Soul jazz" rarely got more soulful.

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Release Date: 07/03/1995
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0724382991526
catalogNumber: 29915

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