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Cannonball Adderley – Great Sessions (3CD)

Cannonball Adderley – Great Sessions (EMI, 3CD in slipcase)

This one’s a short and sweet blow-out of three amazing albums, all in a lovely CD slipcase. Hey Deke, for this one I’m Mr. Jazz!

I can’t even begin to describe how happy this 3CD set made me. I was in a state of sheer bliss sitting here, with the good headphones on, just letting the music wash over me. Three albums’-worth of solid gold, folks, my goodness.

 

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Check it out:

1) Somethin’ Else

Recorded March 9, 1958, these six tracks on Blue Note 1595 are the sweetest damn thing you’ve heard in ages. Here’s why:

The Players: Miles Davis (trumpet), Cannonball Adderley (alto saxophone), Hank Jones (piano), Sam Jones (bass), Art Blakey (drums).

I mean, come on! Put those people together and magic happens! This is swingin’ brilliance, top to bottom. ‘Nuff said.

Tracks: Autumn Leaves / Love For Sale / Somethin’ Else / One For Daddy-O / Dancing In The Dark / Bangoon

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2) Cannonball’s Bossa Nova

Recorded on a few days of December 1962 with the Bossa Rio Sextet (Sergio Mendes’ band). This album marries jazz and South American rhythms in the most glorious ways. So tasteful, so wonderful. Oh baby.

The Players: Cannonball Adderley (alto saxophone), Sergio Mendes (piano), Durval Ferreira (guitar), Octavio Bailly, Jr. (bass), Dom Um Romao (drums), and on #2,4,5,7,8 add Pedro Paulo (trumpet), Paulo Moura (alto saxophone).

The Tracks: Clouds / Minha Saudades / Corcovado / Batida Diferentes / Joyce’s Sambas / Groovy Sambas / O Amor Em Paz (Once I Loved) / Sambops / Corcovado (alternate take)* / Clouds (single version)*    *bonus track on this version

Absolute beauty.

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3) Cannonball Adderley Quintet – Mercy, Mercy, Mercy: Live At “The Club”

Recorded October 20, 1966, this time Cannonball is joined by his brother Nat. Of course, as you know, this was not at all recorded live in a Chicago club (as the entirely false original liner notes would have you believe), but rather in a studio in California, as a favour to the club owner. The ‘audience’ was a group of invited guests plied with free booze.

No matter. This is some jammin’ soul-jazz that really, really moves you. My goodness. It’s music like this that lifts your soul, and makes you revel in the capabilities of humanity.

The Players: Cannonball Adderley (alto saxophone), Nat Adderley (cornet), Joe Zawinul (piano, electric piano), Victor Gaskin (bass), Roy McCurdy (drums).

The Tracks: Fun / Games / Mercy, Mercy, Mercy / Sticks / Hippodelphia / Sack O’ Woe

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In Sum:

You already know I’m in love. What a set! I love every note, every moment, on all three of these discs. Love love love!

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