The Very Best of Cannonball Adderley

The Very Best of Cannonball Adderley

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Cannonball Adderley was a fluid but explosive alto saxophonist with a driving, shotgun style derived from Charlie Parker, but with added-in elements of jump blues, gospel, and country, until Adderley arrived at a wonderful signature sound that bridged hard bop and what would come to be called soul-jazz. His recording career was woefully brief, less than 20 years, from 1958 to 1975 -- the year Adderley died of a heart attack at the age of 46. This tight set, drawn from LPs released originally by the Riverside and Fantasy record labels, provides a warm and loose sketch of Adderley's recorded legacy, from 1958's "Things Are Getting Better," which features vibes maestro Milt Jackson, to 1975's "Jive Samba," which features Adderley's ever-present brother Nat Adderley on cornet. Adderley was a former schoolteacher, and his live shows were often like fascinating little lectures on music and jazz, and when he played, well, that was when he really started talking. That his recorded catalog is smaller than it should have been is a shame, but that it is so rich, joyous, and driving makes it a treasure. This set hints at why.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/07/2012
Label: Fantasy
UPC: 0888072337596
catalogNumber: 33759
Rank: 117736

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cannonball Adderley   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Ray Barretto   Conga
Nat Adderley   Cornet
Bob Brookmeyer   Valve Trombone
George Duke   Synthesizer,Piano,Electric Piano
Bill Evans   Piano
Victor Feldman   Vibes
Hal Galper   Electric Piano
Louis Hayes   Drums
Milt Jackson   Vibes
Philly Joe Jones   Drums
Sam Jones   Bass
Wynton Kelly   Piano
Blue Mitchell   Trumpet
Oliver Nelson   Tenor Saxophone
Jerome Richardson   Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Timmons   Piano
King Errisson   Percussion
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Nick Travis   Trumpet
Connie Kay   Drums
Percy Heath   Bass
Walter Booker   Bass
Airto Moreira   Percussion
Yusef Lateef   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Zawinul   Piano
Art Blakey   Drums
Don Butterfield   Tuba
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Arthur "Babe"Clarke   Baritone Saxophone
George Dorsey   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Ernie Wilkins   Conductor
Roy McCurdy   Drums
Charlie Persip   Drums

Technical Credits

Cannonball Adderley   Producer
Nat Adderley   Composer,Producer
Bill Evans   Composer
Wynton Kelly   Composer
Chuck Mangione   Composer
Bobby Timmons   Composer
Greg Allen   Art Direction
Ernie Wilkins   Arranger,Composer
Orrin Keepnews   Producer
D. Veronica Langdon   Composer
Ashley Kahn   Liner Notes
Julian Adderley   Composer

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