Cannonball Adderley: Still Talkin' To Ya


Still Talkin' To Ya


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, New York, July 15, 1955


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Cannonball Adderley's "Still Talkin' To Ya" can be considered an authentic blues tune. Its slow burn utilizes the standard 1-4-5 blues pattern, yet the atmosphere is more relaxed i.e. "jazz." Other links are similar between blues recordings from this era and this track, such as the use of acoustic bass, the predominance of acoustic piano, and upfront soloing that uses a great deal of space to its benefit. This particular cut may not be either the most intense nor the most innovative due to its reliance on a heavily treaded musical path, but it has a certain undeniable place in music history.

Around the time of this recording, popular blues artists such as Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, and B.B. King were experimenting with their sound by adding horns to the mix. While the resulting fusion between the minimal orchestration of blues and the brassier, horn driven sounds of jazz was meant to place the two genres on the same level of respectability, here, these players are not concerned with advancing any sort of broad-minded agenda, and the approach is more true to the original, unencumbered spirit of blues than to the more commercialized R&B of such contemporaries as King and Ray Charles.

Reviewer: Marcus Singletary

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