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Things Are Getting Better

Milt Jackson, Cannonball Adderley Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 Mar 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000000Y1W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,588 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  5. Groovin'high 5:230.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Sidewalks of New York (Take 5) 7:000.69  Buy MP3 
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Listen  9. Just One of Those Things 6:450.69  Buy MP3 


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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This was an all star meeting of Cannonball and Milt, both superb musicians and fine players of the blues. Cannonball was an exuberant player (sometimes too much so, although not here), Bags less so, but both were among the very best on their instruments and on top form here. Cannonball was, of course, one of the very best of the modern altos of the fifties and sixties and Bags quite simply the best modern vibes player ever.
The rhythm section lives up to its collective reputation with Wynton Kelly, a fine bluesy and swinging pianist and a superb accompanist almost matching the solo work of the two principals. Percy Heath was a fine bassist and Art Blakey at the drums the master of them all.
The arrangements are all fairly simple but the whole point of the disc is the invigorating and joyful improvising from all concerned. Blues Oriental is a minor blues with lively solos all round, Things are Getting Better a joyously funky and slightly tongue in cheek blues, Serves Me Right a marvellous example of the cooperation and entwining of lines between the members of the band, Groovin' High a fine example of the updating of a bop tune from the forties without losing any of its quality, and so on and so on. There isn't a weak spot anywhere on the disc. They sound to have had an absolute ball making this.
The music is swinging, bluesy, vigorous and melodic. It makes you feel good to be alive. You can also listen to it many times and still find new subtleties in it. If I had more stars to give, I would do. These guys really are that good.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like Vibes before hearing this 9 Jun 2010
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Cannoball plays on two of my favourite albums of all time - Miles Davis's Kind of Blue, and Cannoballs allbum recorded in the same year Somethin Else. I've never been a big fan of Vibraphone, but since this album was recorded in the same year as the other two and was a great price I thought I'd give it a listen. This album has completely changed my view on the instrument. The recording sounds as if it was made yesterday and the interplay between Cannoball and Milt Jackson is incredible. And to echo the previous reviewer, this is a feel good album that will bring a smile to your face.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Jazzrook TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This excellent album by the alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley was recorded in New York on October 28, 1958 with Milt Jackson(vibes) and a superb rhythm section of Wynton Kelly(piano); Percy Heath(bass) & Art Blakey(drums).
Adderley is in exuberant form on nine memorable tracks(including two mono alternative takes) with the highlights including Dizzy Gillespie's 'Groovin' High', 'The Sidewalks of New York', 'Sounds For Sid' and the soulful title track.
This bluesy blowing session contains over 50 minutes of swinging and exhilarating modern jazz which deserves to be more widely known.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a combination! 21 Dec 2000
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This album is just so much fun - you can tell they enjoyed recording it together. The tracks (especially the title track) just put you in the right mood. This is an 'equally matched' album in the sense that they all (including Wynton Kelly and Art Blakey) get their fair share of the limelight with fantastic solos. A real 'feelgood' top quality album.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid all the way around 23 Aug 2000
By mike lewandowski - Published on Amazon.com
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Here is a solid Jazz disk. Bag's vibes sound so clear and crisp you think he is in the same room. The opening notes of Blues Oriental are unique and captivating. The interplay between the musicians is first rate. The solo transitions are flawless. Art Blakey throws in a few snare roll surprizes that keeps your attention. Jazz should be smooth, exploratory,intelligent,and most of all captivating. This disk is all of those things and more. The recording is top notch and so clear it sounds as though they are in your living room. Cannonball and Kelley deserve all the praise as well. Get this disk and you will soon realize great music like this is very refreshing
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Cannonball's best - with great sidemen 31 Aug 2003
By "douglasnegley" - Published on Amazon.com
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I really hope that this CD has reissued the VERY beginning of "Things Are Getting Better", where Cannonball tells the engineer (Jack Higgins) what the tune will consist of, who plays when, and then tells the lineup to "speak your little sermon, then get the **** out". "Blues Oriental" is great, as is this whole CD, "Groovin' High" being my personal favorite, but what makes it one of the best are the collaberators - Wynton Kelly, Percy Heath, Milt Jackson, and Art Blakey, who, by the way, plays perfectly behind this band. Cannonball is at ease and blowing so well here because of these players. I really believe that Riverside (the label that originally recorded this and a host of other great classic '50s and early '60s jazz LPs) got the best out of many of these artists, for whatever reason. Another great Riverside Cannonball recording was "Portrait of Cannonball" with Blue Mitchell and Bill Evans, with Philly Joe Jones, and Sam Jones.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it's just one of those albums you must get. 9 Nov 1999
By Minta Ershaghi (minta@naftinc.com) - Published on Amazon.com
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Explaining why this is a good album is similar to explaining why "Kind of Blue" is an essential album to anyone's jazz collection. If you want to hear the incredibly tight combination of Bags and Cannonball's sweet, bluesy improvisations--with Art Blakey, Percy Heath, and Wynton Kelly (an amazing rhythm section)--get this album. It's fantastic.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Little-Known But Good Collection 4 Jun 2009
By J H Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Poor Percy Heath. He was the MJQ bassist who played on this session, and is completely overlooked in the company of the jazz luminaries who make up the personnel for this album. He really didn't have much of a chance to shine on this album, but then with Cannonball, Milt, and Art playing, who would? Wynton Kelly completes the group, better known for playing with Miles Davis. Percy only has one notable solo on the title track.

But, like Percy Heath, this CD seems to fly under the radar. It seems to be missing from several discographies of the major players. And that's a bit of a shame, since this is a good, solid, straight-ahead jazz album.

The longer tracks (Things, Sidewalks, Just One) are the most satisfying for me. The blend of cerebral and improvisational playing gives some great performances. The drawback, I think, is that this is really not a fast-paced album by comparison to some of Cannonball Adderley's other work, if you are expecting that.

I'll second some of the other reviews -- Blues Oriental is a standout piece, and could well have been the title track. Serves Me Right goes a little more to a moody and introspective motif. The other two tracks (Groovin', Sounds) didn't really stand out for me.

So, if you are a fan of any of these players, this is worth a listen (except for Art and Percy, who didn't really get a chance to shine in this company). And I could listen to Milt or Cannonball all day long anyway. Four-and-a-half stars.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Listening 2 Dec 2000
By Christopher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Adderley's and Jackson's playing on this record speaks for itself. If you know someone that has never heard Cannonball, this is one of the records to have them listen to. His playing is truly among the most lyrical in jazz-he can bend and twist notes like no one else. The title tack swongs so hard its difficult not to move when you're listening to it. Also for any lovers of Art Blakey's drumming, this one shows how steady he has doing the most simple playing yet totally driving the rhythym section. A great one to have.
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