Cannonball Adderley: Caribbean Cutie
Cannonball Adderley (alto sax)
Spontaneous Combustion: The Explosive Cannonball Adderley (Savoy Jazz 17588)
Composed by Cannonball Adderley and Nat Adderley.
Recorded: New York City, July 15, 1955
Rating: 74/100 (learn more)
The melody of "Caribbean Cutie" is lilting, but after it plays out, the structure of the cut is too conventional to stand out from the crowd. The first few minutes are dedicated to a piano solo mixed much too far in the background, and, once the horn solos kick in, momentum is somewhat clouded under the fact that the limited chord structure and the traditional swing of the rhythm section breaks no new ground. On this track, the horn solos seem perfunctory and uninspired. Nothing about it will remind you of the Caribbean or of female island inhabitants. However, you may enter dreamland soon after it begins, because the six minute running time is much too long to interest anyone. The melody that bookends the nausea-inspiring jams should have been expanded somehow by the performers, because the content here is weak, and, overall, the recording seems originally unintended for release. Spontaneous Combustion is, mostly, a fine display of Cannonball Adderley's genius, but this track is for fanatics only.
Reviewer: Marcus Singletary