Cannonball Adderley: A Little Taste


A Little Taste


Cannonball Adderley (alto sax)


Spontaneous Combustion: The Explosive Cannonball Adderley (Savoy Jazz 17588)


Cannonball Adderley (alto sax), Nat Adderley (cornet), Hank Jones (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Kenny Clarke (drums).

Recorded: New York, June 26, 1955


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

A mid-tempo cooker, "A Little Taste" commences with a mellow tone and underneath grey skies. Sounding like it was recorded on a rainy day, minor keys provide a dark and foreboding atmosphere that forces the horns to emote through dense clouds. While Cannonball's solo floats high above the rest of the personnel, Nat Adderley mutes his cornet and the tones sound recorded under water. Things smooth out a bit as pianist Hank Jones takes his solo turn; since the cut is driven by Jones' piano and the rhythm section for the most part, they are (unsurprisingly) rendered in more typical fashion. The obvious production techniques employed on the cut are more prevalent on the horns, and this dichotomy provides a bit of tonal confusion. The lack of sonic consistency is somewhat dominant, keeping the track from reaching its true ebb even though it does flow. Unfortunately, the mix sounds a bit watered down for dynamism, but the track is still enjoyable for fans of either the Adderley Brothers or classic jazz cuts recorded alongside such masterpieces of the era as "Round About Midnight," which featured Adderley contemporaries Miles Davis and John Coltrane.

Reviewer: Marcus Singletary

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