Cannonball Adderley: One For Daddy-O


One For Daddy-O


Cannonball Adderley (alto sax)


Somethin' Else (Blue Note 95329)

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Cannonball Adderley (alto sax), Miles Davis (trumpet), Hank Jones (piano), Sam Jones (bass), Art Blakey (drums).

Composed by Nat Adderley


Recorded: Hackensack, NJ, March 9, 1958


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

Flying down a freeway of clear skies and very little traffic, all systems are set to "go" as the sax revs the engine and sets the destination for this smooth blues. Of course, the drums take control of the brakes, keeping the others in check while setting the pace. At the conclusion, Miles Davis asks, "Is that what you wanted, Alfred?" It's clear that the producer, Mr. Lion, most likely received his musical wish: eight minutes of musical goodness featuring coiled horns, walking bass and bopping drums. The music is elemental in scope (as is much blues), but the players always sound alive and awake. With this type of momentum, it's clear that the date was a success, and as part of the Rudy Van Gelder remaster series, the instruments stand out even more in the mix, providing listeners with a great deal of insight into an amazing time for jazz. Miles was becoming The Man With The Horn in this era, and Cannonball's star was rapidly ascending. Both sound young and vital, and if you haven't heard the track, you're missing out on some great music.

Reviewer: Marcus Singletary

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