Cannonball Adderley

Sessions: Live

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During the mid-'70s, the short-lived Calliope label issued a series of poorly packaged and badly labeled LP anthologies of live jazz, which contained a lot of great performances taken from television broadcasts of the latter half of the 1950s. Composer credits and supporting musicians, as always, aren't mentioned, though most of the participants on the nine tracks heard on this album are identifiable. Side one is mostly taken up by Cannonball Adderley's fine quintet. The alto saxophonist had just made his recording debut as a leader the previous year; he's joined by brother Nat on cornet, pianist Junior Mance, bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Jimmy Cobb. Adderley's "Spectacular" is an uptempo bop vehicle based on the chord changes to "(Back Home Again In) Indiana," while he unleashes a cascade of notes in an otherwise subdued take of "Willow Weep for Me." Singer Sylvia Syms is joined by an unidentified rhythm section for a brisk rendition of "The Man I Love" and the warm "Then I'll Be Tired of You," though the latter song is marred by some brief feedback. The second side is a 1956 broadcast with Buddy Collette, heard on both alto sax and flute, accompanied by pianist Dick Shreve, bassist John Goodman, and drummer Bill Dolney. Collette's lighter style of playing alto sax hardly keeps "Makin' Whoopee" from swinging, though he does emit a couple of inadvertent reed squeaks. Collette's exotic "Fall Winds" features his haunting flute, though the piece became better known under its later title of "Desert Sands." Annie Maloney, also with an unknown rhythm section, sings "The Lady Is a Tramp" in what may be her only known recorded appearance. This long unavailable record is one of the best titles in the Sessions: Live series.

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