Cannonball Adderley: Fiddler on the Roof


Fiddler on the Roof


Cannonball Adderley (alto sax)


Cannonball Adderley – Fiddler on the Roof (Capitol 42309)

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Cannonball Adderley (alto sax), Nat Adderley (cornet), Charles Lloyd (tenor sax), Joe Zawinul (piano), Sam Jones (bass), Louis Hayes (drums).

Composed by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick


Recorded: New York, October 19 & 21, 1964


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

An album of Broadway hits could easily become a lackluster commercial concession, but Adderley’s Fiddler on the Roof is far from boring. Recorded less than a month after the show opened on Broadway, the title tune fits surprisingly well into the group’s hard-bop style. Cannonball eloquently embellishes the theme and Zawinul weaves a clever countermelody behind the altoist’s lead. The brothers exhibit that exuberant and soulful Adderley bounce, Lloyd ventures into Coltrane-like territory, and Zawinul shows he had something to say on the acoustic piano years before he famously went electric. Brown and Hayes’s engine churns and their persistent prodding moves things along nicely.

Reviewer: Matt Leskovic


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