Dis Here Box set
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Cannonball Adderley's alto sax had that special immediacy. His penchant for melody, mastery of the blues, and expert use of the rhythm section brought him a large following, the likes of which straight jazz would never enjoy again. This 57 track set follows Cannonball's story from 1955 through to 1959 where he is joined by the likes of Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Kenny Clarke, Bill Evans and Milt Jackson. Also included is a 24 page book with the Cannonball Adderley story, discography and rare photos.
Top customer reviews
*** for the packaging and presentation
****** for the value
£10 for over 300 minutes of Adderley from 1955-1959 is obscenely good value and is the price for workmanlike liner notes and an annoying habit of splitting sessions over different discs simply to maximise the amount of music being played which means that, for all the greatness of at least some of the music here, one cannot compare "Dis Here" with lavish boxed sets of Davis and Coltrane by Sony and Impulse respectively.
Staying on the packaging, Joop Visser writes intelligently, enthusiastically and critically (rightly describing some of the material or arrangements on the first disc as rather "bland") but was clearly given a tight remit in terms of words. This means that one is left simply to enjoy the music which comes into its own in Adderley's recordings of 1958 split over the second and third discs. The real highlight is the session of 9 March of that year which yielded Adderley's highlight as a leader "Something Else" featuring Davis which compares favourably with Davis's output with Adderley from the same time, namely "Porgy and Bess" "Milestones" and Kind of Blue". The spontaneity, vitality and swagger of the five cuts make much of the material from the first disc if not exactly juvenilia then the work of an artist still finding his feet (assured that Adderley's tone is from the off).
Hopefully "Dis Here" will act as an ideal entry for the Cannonball novice from where s/he can explore further. Enjoy.