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Most underrated jazz CD of all time?,
This review is from: At The Lighthouse (Audio CD)This was the first jazz LP I ever bought (in February 1963) so I have a strong emotional attachment to it but returning to it on CD (with an extra track!) it sounds every bit as good. Why are the jazz experts so sniffy about Cannonball? If you look at the front line on Kind of Blue, acknowledged as THE 20th century jazz masterpiece the front line was Miles, Trane and Julian Adderley. Miles and Trane rightly have godlike status but is Cannon so far behind? I think he more than held his own in the Miles groups of which he was a part yet he gets so little credit. I digress. This album is superb tight jazz with a bluesy feel and the added melodic appeal of the brilliant English pianist Victor Feldman on top form. The rest of the line-up is brother Nat(cornet) and the driving rhythm section of Louis Hayes and Sam Jones. The album is live in every sense, even after all these years. Buy it. And someone out there in the Jazz Guide writing world give Cannonball a bit more credit please.
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Initial post: 13 Nov 2008 16:10:07 GMT
P. R. Cook says:
Absolutely - Adderley's playing on Kind of Blue is inventive, sparky, witty and spontaneous. Personally I prefer his solos to those of Davis and Coltrane on that album... you never quite know what's coming up!
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Bo S. Svensson says:
Yes indeed! I was lucky enough to listen to his fabulous Quintet in a New York jazz club, possibly Café Bohemia, as a visiting teenager from Europe in the mid fifties. I still remember how this brilliantly offensive and eloquent bandleader, Julian Adderley - the Cannonball! - took care of his young and shy brother Nat, as a big brother was supposed to do, newly arrived to the big City from Tampa, Florida - almost as much a newcomer as I was. He and his Quintet was THE OVERNIGHT SENSATION!
Posted on 13 May 2012 06:16:30 BDT
An excellent recording, indeed! As you are mentioning jazz critics, please note that Cook and Morton give this reissue a **** rating [Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings, eight edition].
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