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Cannonball Adderley

One of the great alto saxophonists, Cannonball Adderley had an exuberant and happy sound that communicated immediately to listeners. His intelligent presentation of his music (often explaining what he and his musicians were going to play) helped make him one of the most popular of all jazzmen.

Adderley already had an established career as a high school band director in Florida when, during a 1955 visit to New York, he was persuaded to sit in with Oscar Pettiford's group at the Cafe Bohemia. His playing created such a sensation that he was soon signed to Savoy and persuaded to play jazz full-time in New York. With his younger brother, cornetist Nat, Cannonball formed a quintet that struggled until its breakup in 1957. Adderley then joined Miles Davis, forming part of his super sextet with John Coltrane and participating on such classic recordings as Milestones and Kind of Blue. Adderley's second attempt to form a quintet with his brother was much more successful for, in 1959, with pianist Bobby Timmons, he had a hit recording of "This Here." From then on, Cannonball always was able to work steadily with his band.

During its Riverside years (1959-1963), the Adderley Quintet primarily played soulful renditions of hard bop and Cannonball really excelled in the straight-ahead settings. During 1962-1963, Yusef Lateef made the group a sextet and pianist Joe Zawinul was an important new member. The collapse of Riverside resulted in Adderley signing with Capitol and his recordings became gradually more commercial. Charles Lloyd was in Lateef's place for a year (with less success) and then with his departure the group went back to being a quintet. Zawinul's 1966 composition "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" was a huge hit for the group, Adderley started doubling on soprano, and the quintet's later recordings emphasized long melody statements, funky rhythms, and electronics. However, during his last year, Cannonball Adderley was revisiting the past a bit and on Phenix he recorded new versions of many of his earlier numbers. But before he could evolve his music any further, Cannonball Adderley died suddenly from a stroke. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: What Is This Thing Called Soul - The Cannonball Adderley Quintet Live In Europe

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Track List: Country Preacher "Live" At Operation Breadbasket

Comments

Love listening to Cannonball. The greatest alto player.
A great influential Jazz alto player for everyone to emulate...
One of the best alto player ever.
bigblue91
Nice!!
Cannonball playing Willow weep for me. Indescribabl e . Every note is perfect.
Listening to the Ball and the Baby together was overpowering music.
cannonball makes me tear up..what can I say?
The best jazz years of my life, Cannonball, Miles, and Coltrane, Clifford of course, and many more. What a wonderful array of jazz music. Thanks God.
As a young man growing up in Philadelphia I would travel to center city
to local jazz clubs (Pep's & Show Boat) and enjoy a Cannonball set
Never a disappointme n t .
Gerald Tucker
This is Cannonball's album, but that is Coltrane. Cannonball doesn't play on this track.
adds something to the room,a certain sophisticati o n , e v e n otherwise occupied..ot h e r w i s e
Love the work with this quintet, Cannonball is one the greats.
anyone remember Sid McCoy and the real McCoy radio show from Chicago? He would play Cannonball's Jive Samba and say "I can't stop playing this."
No other artist touches this man. C.A. is outstanding - I'm going to see if I can find this CD - it brings back memories. I used to listen to him and Dave Brubeck and Miles Davis while I did homework. Just too cool and smooth. This is some of the best jazz.
What to add to what's been better said thru-out modern age by fellow-great - j a z z - m u s i c lovers around the world? Am now 70 but vividly recall as a sleep-depriv e d scruffy Benzedrine-f i l l e d student slumped in a jazz-dive coffee-house in London with my jazz-lovin' German girlfriend & being 'awakened'- forever- to this glorious music!
Ahh this is what real music sounds like...
yuor jazz is so beautiful to lisen too.wallace mays
susan5299
theblueone

The bios are superb. Agree about including the birth-etc. dates if relevant.
jwkeller4
I would love to know who the sidemen are and read the album cover notes. Do I need to purchase the CD to obtain this information?
Cannonball Adderley...n i c e . I think I'll stick around for awhile. DMB
djlynch29, his name is Kenny Gorelick. He started out with The Jeff Lorber Fusion on Wizard Island and Galaxian, both real nice recordings
saxmo591
djlynch29,Ke n n y Garrett.
djlynch29
what is the full name of the alto/tenor saxophonist named Kenny G, cause google always pulls up the super celeb soprano sax player, but i want the slightly more underground and experimental kenny g. what is his name D:
gerry.damero n 8
Dear Pandora. We love your wonderful and thoughtful BIOS of the musicians. For now deceased musicians, would you please put the years they were born, like 1928-1964 on the top next to their names. This gives all of us listeners who are interested in the music a context on the time frame of their lives and careers. Thanks for sharing your great musicology resources. Gerry from Maui, Hawaii
What everyone said.......
Autumn Leaves with a smoothgroove red and blue make a jazzy purple painting.
bbakevich
More bio! One of the greatest alto men in jazz has two measly paragraphs?! Truly a master of sound, harmony, and articulation . Keep the it comin!
Real nice version of Autumn Leaves. You'd think Miles led this date.
patedk
He played well with Miles.But he was no Coltrane!
what can you say about cannonball he was to much i love this L.P
Cannonball was the first saxophonist I tried to imitate when I was learning to play jazz. His sound filled my head when I was a kid..still does. What a master!
I LOVE "Soul Zodiac"!!! Even if you do not believe in astrology, you WILL believe in the MUSIC. A TOTAL MASTERPIECE! ! !
mooyoo.77
THIS IS CONNONBALL`S DATE LISTEN-UP!!!
ST PETE'S OWN
Is there a more perfect alto saxophone solo than Cannonball on Autumn Leaves from the Album "Something Else"? If there is, I'd like to hear it. Cuz EVERY time I hear that solo, it knocks me out!!!
After the immense and incomparable genius of Charlie Parker, two GIANTS followed him. On tenor - Mr. John Coltrane. On Alto - Mr. Cannonball Adderley. Everything else flows from these two amazing musicians that still sound fresh today. It's tragic how we lost them both WAY TOO SOON... But they both left a mark that has yet to be surpassed. Pandora only has about half of Cannonball's records. Lots of great material out there...
The reviewer says "exuberant" and "happy". I'd go further.

Drawing on a cosmic intelligence that only comes with complete abandon and utter generosity, his solos are ecstasy incarnated in sound waves.
Where it's at. When i was 17 i found out that a lot of my favorite sax solo's from Miles's ballads were Cannonball not Coltrane. That was the beginning of realizing everyone has something different to say, and every sax player says it a different way. Check out Nat Adderley as well, they played great together.
I remember seeing him in a Kung Fu episode as a kid, which in part contributed to me playing sax. I can't find the words that describe his talent.
showtimelarr y
He was just supper bad thats all i can say about the guy
Reginald: you're right, no one comes close to Cannonball today but check out Jesse Davis - quite a Cannonball-l i k e sound from his alto.
Arguably, the most versatile sax player ever. He can give you Bird or Coltrane while adding his own more bluesy soulful interpretati o n s . No one comes close to Cannonball today. It's really tragic he couldn't have been around to contribute to preserving jazz in the 80's and 90's. He was the player that really could have impacted the use of the saxaphone in other genres
they have coltrane's picture and bio under cannonball. can someone fix this?
he drives his sax like Mario Andretti driving his Ferrari !
Why are printing Coltrane picture instead of Cannonball?
rmax0
There is a mistake in this listing as Miles is listed under Cannonball Adderly.
jfxcoll
I wish the sidemen would be more ez'ly available
I play the alto sax professional l y . To my ears, after Charlie Parker, Cannonball is the funkiest, bluesiest, most soulful alto player ever. No one else has reached his heights since he left us. Thank God he recorded lots. I never tire of listening to his sweet sweet sound. God bless!
mooyoo.77
One of the great ADDERLEY men, true to his craft.
Cannonball, Trane, & Miles - now that was some serious playing. One of the best.
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