When Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley asked four other musicians to join him on these late-Spring 1960 sessions, Wes Montgomery had only recently come into his own, after over a decade of anonymous work with Lionel Hampton. He was making a name for himself as a guitarist with a new style of playing. In May of 1960, Montgomery's trio were across the Bay at an Oakland club, while Adderley's quintet played a return gig in San Francisco and Ray Brown was appearing in San Fran with the Oscar Peterson Trio. Brit Victor Feldman, known then for his vibes, also joined this RIVERSIDE project. Vic's piano demo of an original tune ("The Chant") led to Cannonball asking him to play keys on these sessions as well as vibraphone. Six months later he invited Feldman to take over piano duties in the Adderley Quintet. Louis Hayes, Cannonball's regular drummer, rounds out this specially assembled quintet.
Their first 6/5/60 San Fran recording session (at Fugazi Hall) for the RIVERSIDE album that would be released as CANNONBALL ADDERLEY AND THE POLL WINNERS (RLP 355/RS 9355) comprises this record's 'B' side. A second Los Angeles gathering on 6/5/60 produced the tracks heard on Side One. Although new acquaintances, they sound here like old friends running through very famllar material.
A "cool" set opener is a fine adaptation of one of Bird's originals. Vic's vibes start the often quiet "My Heart Alone," a Franz Lehar theme that gives the players plenty of improv room. Cannonball's alto carries "Never Will I Marry," a Frank Loesser show-tune. Feldman's "Chant" begins Side Two and his "Azule Serape" is the album's closer. In between is the group's highly inventive take on a Barry Harris number, "Lolita."
[4:49] Au Privave (take 2)
[6:02] Yours Is My Heart Alone
[8:30] Never Will I Marry
[6:34] The Chant
[6:26] Azule Serape
TOTAL TIME: 40:24