Cannonball Adderley: Bohemia After Dark


Bohemia After Dark


Cannonball Adderley (alto sax)


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

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Cannonball Adderley (alto sax), Nat Adderley (cornet), Jerome Richardson (tenor sax), Donald Byrd (trumpet), Horace Silver (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Kenny Clarke (drums).

Composed by Oscar Pettiford


Recorded: New York, New York, June 26, 1955


Rating: 99/100 (learn more)

Cannonball Adderley's "Bohemia After Dark" is one snazzy tune. Free-flowing in its conception, the track kicks off and ends with very strong unison horn work by the brothers Adderley and some excellent backing by the rhythm section. Nat solos first, and, while it takes him a few bars to fully get it together, his cornet significantly sounds as strong as it would on many of the later Cannonball classics that he penned.

There is an old-time feel to the recording, as many of the rough edges that characterized analog recordings of the era exist, but, for the most part, the recording has been cleaned up enough for those same edges to add a certain tonal character. Cannonball's own solo is as explosive as spontaneous combustions can be, and, as the rest of the ensemble contributes snappy solos, the main melody returns to provide the cut with a definite rousing finality that befits the improvisations it buffered. The track is killer, the concept of loose jazz swinging freely in the dark atmosphere of a cocktail lounge is effective, and the music's boundaries are open enough for the track to be considered both a descendant of bop and a forefather of fusion.

Reviewer: Marcus Singletary

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