Cannonball Adderley: Sticks




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 Julian Adderley


Recorded: Hollywood, October 20th, 1966


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Amazingly, this was the only song Julian "Cannonball" Adderley composed on this groundbreaking album. This song doesn't stray away much from the blues oriented material found on the rest of the album but that doesn't matter because Adderley and company are in top form playing the blues. Zawinul shows he can play the blues just as well as any other pianist, leading the rhythm section until the horns come in with the melody. He also plays the last solo on the song, playing simple octave-fueled lines that support this number the way it was supposed to be supported.

Cannonball's brother Nat starts the song off with a screeching solo in the upper register of the cornet, setting the tone for the rest of the song. It's a shame that Nat isn't discussed in the same breath as the other great trumpeters because he could hold his own. I'm sorry Miles, you knew how to write a good tune and pick a better band, but Nat Adderley is on a Clifford Brown level in my opinion.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley


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