Cannonball Adderley: Stars Fell on Alabama


Stars Fell on Alabama


Cannonball Adderley (alto sax)


Cannonball Adderley Quintet in Chicago (Verve 314559 7702)

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Cannonball Adderley (alto sax), Wynton Kelly (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums).

Composed by Frank Perkins and Mitchell Parish


Recorded: Chicago, February 3, 1959


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Featuring members of the Miles Davis sextet minus Miles, this session was recorded as an aside from an engagement at the Sutherland Lounge in Chicago. Most of the album showcases the stylistic differences between Cannonball and Coltrane, but "Stars Fell on Alabama" gives Cannonball a chance to show off his lyrical phrasing and wonderfully rich alto sound. Using the language of Charlie Parker but with a style uniquely his own, Cannonball effortlessly weaves between single, double and even quadruple time, floating on top of the steady groove of the rhythm section. A beautiful example of Cannonball at his best.

Reviewer: Darren Mueller

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