Cannonball Adderley: Hummin'




Cannonball Adderley (alto & soprano saxes)


Country Preacher (Capitol/EMI 30452)

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Cannonball Adderley (alto & soprano saxes), Nat Adderley (cornet), Joe Zawinul (keyboards),

Walter Booker (bass), Roy McCurdy (drums)


Composed by Nat Adderley


Recorded: live at Operation Breadbasket, Chicago, IL, October 1969


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

Consider this track a reflection of tumultuous times. Performed with ashes still smoldering from the inhumanity and violence that defined 1968, the mostly African-American audience claps loudly in unison as their enthusiasm essentially replaces the drums and becomes the groove. They lead the way, and while the healing power of music is debatable, everyone in the room is eager to participate and seems liberated by doing so. Sociologically, this was an important, positive development in the lives of those who, by no fault of their own, could not trust nor take solace in the activities of the outside world.

Reviewer: Marcus Singletary


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