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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece from the Alto Virtuoso, 5 July 2005
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This review is from: Cannonball Plays Zawinul (Audio CD)
Having only heard Cannonballs work with Miles on the seminal albums Milestones and Kind of Blue and his own masterpiece with Somethin' Else (Highly Recommended), I was eager to hear his later work with the Keyboard Master Joe Zawinul. And I wasn't disappointed. This is actually a compilation but the tracks are simply fantastic. The first track "74 miles away" immediately grabs the listeners attention and interest with its crisp opening chords and repetitive but powerful riff. Some of this CD is recorded "live" (at a studio but with an invited audience). Another superb track is track 4 called "Money in the pocket", I can't really say why, it's just very cool and catchy. Track 2 is a superb tribute to tenor sax god Sonny Rollins called "one for newk". However, the absolute Highlight of the Album is Zawinul's beautiful composition "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy"; you can really hear the gospel influence on it. This great album even gives you a taste of Africa on track 9 called "Ndo Lima". This Album really does cover the best of the work Cannonball Adderley did with Joe Zawinul. Cannonball's wonderful, virtuosic alto playing is completely faultless on this record as his
Brother Nat's cornet playing. Don't let the fact that this CD is "Copy Controlled" (the other reviewer commented on this) put you off getting it as it is superb. If you like good Jazz then this is definitely for you. Another more recent disc I recommend you purchasing is Joe Zawinul's new disc called "Vienna Nights", you will not be disappointed by either of these.
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