Cannonball Adderley: Hippodelphia




Cannonball Adderley (alto sax)


Mercy, Mercy, Mercy Live at "The Club" (Captiol CDP 7243 8 29915 2 6)

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Cannonball Adderley (alto sax), Nat Adderley (cornet), Joe Zawinul (piano, electric piano), Victor Gaskin (bass), Roy McCurdy (drums).

Composed by Joe Zawinul


Recorded: Hollywood, October 20th, 1966


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

What can be said about Cannonball Adderley? Many things, his larger than life tone, his ability to play rapid solos, and his wonderful phrasing. Deeply rooted in the blues, Adderley sounds like alto colossus on this Joe Zawinul penned number. The band swings with intensity and each member plays in and around a great pattern by drummer Roy McCurdy. Though the legend behind this session is that it was recorded on a warm night in Chicago in July, in actuality it was recorded in October on a nice night in Hollywood.

All of this was the brainchild of producer David Axelrod who assembled a bar in a sound stage and invited the audience, producing a night of musical magic from one of the most swinging bands in the history of jazz music. Enough isn't said about Joe Zawinul the composer who brought the Cannonball Adderley Quintet more accolades and money than any other group member with his knack of combining gospel and blues, creating an accessible and satisfying blend of jazz.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley


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