Mercy, Mercy, Mercy

Nat Adderley

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Mercy, Mercy, Mercy Review

by Scott Yanow

Cornetist Nat Adderley's music has not developed much since his years with Cannonball Adderley, but the playing on this CD is of such a high level that one really does not mind. Adderley's chops sound better than usual for the period as he teams up with altoist Antonio Hart (who hints at Cannonball while giving the music his own approach), pianist Rob Bargad, bassist Walter Booker and drummer Jimmy Cobb. The nine songs include six from the Cannonball days, including a version of the title cut that gets beyond the melody for some fine solos, as well as a catchy original apiece by Hart and Bargad, and the standard "On the Sunny Side of the Street." Excellent hard bop.

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