Cannonball Adderley: With Apologies To Oscar


With Apologies To Oscar


Cannonball Adderley (alto sax)


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


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

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


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

"With Apologies to Oscar" is not the most precisely performed track on Cannonball Adderley's Spontaneous Combustion, but, without a doubt, it still entertains. While Cannonball's soloing provides the cut with its highlight, by comparison, his brother's skinflint leads aren't far behind in terms of the talent levels showcased here. On fire, both men cut up the air with spiffy runs and fluid lines that more than apologize for the comparatively weak trumpet solo by a very young and green Donald Byrd, who hadn't reached a significant level of accomplishment at this time.

During the trade-off section that accompanies the drum breaks, the bassiest tones ring out of both saxes regardless of their actual tonality, and the group's overall tightness is amazing. The tempo never fluctuates, and the music continues swinging into infinity amidst the aura of youthful musical mastery. Listeners familiar with later (and more popular) Cannonball recordings will hear both brothers playing signature licks, as the smoothness of the two musicians is incredible even on one of their earliest captured takes. The tune was obviously an important calling card for the performers, as it led to greater recognition and success in the jazz world for most of the contributors.

Reviewer: Marcus Singletary

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