Nat Adderley: Blues for Bohemia


Blues for Bohemia


Nat Adderley (cornet)


Introducing Nat Adderley (Mercury/Wing MGW6000)

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Nat Adderley (cornet), Cannonball Adderley (alto sax), Horace Silver (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Roy Haynes (drums).

Composed by Nat Adderley


Recorded: New York, September 6, 1955


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

Introducing Nat Adderley, though a worthy occurrence in its own right, accomplished more than what its title decreed. It marked the recorded debut of the partnership between the cornetist and his younger brother Cannonball, with performances that showcased their instrumental and compositional skills. The two recent arrivals were joined by the incomparable rhythm section of Horace Silver, Paul Chambers and Roy Haynes, and in combining these stunning elements, the Adderleys shot to the top of viable candidates to lead jazz into the post-Bird world.

It also doesn't hurt that this particular track has one of the finest Roy Haynes performances ever captured. Fresh off runs with Charlie Parker and between tours with Sarah Vaughan, Haynes was at the height of his creative powers. First note the broken, snare-drum triplet groove over the intro, which laid the foundation for drummers such as Tony Williams on his feature with Miles Davis, "Freedom Jazz Dance." Of special note is one of my all-time favorite Haynes breaks a 2-measure run from 00:49-00:53 that has it all: compact storytelling; deep, intense swing (even during straight 16th notes); multiple shifts from whisper- soft ghost notes to snare drum blasts; and worlds of space between the notes all in the span of four seconds!

Reviewer: Eric Novod


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