This excellent reissue combines two studio sessions and one live recording by Cannonball Adderley's Quintet in 1960.
Tracks 1-9 are the studio sessions recorded in New York on February 1, 1960 & Chicago on March 29, 1960 with Adderley(alto sax); Nat Adderley(cornet); Bobby Timmons or Barry Harris(piano); Sam Jones(bass) & Louis Hayes(drums).
The quintet are in exuberant form and highlights include Nat Adderley's 'Work Song'(2 versions); Bobby Timmons 'Dat Dere'(2 versions) & Duke Pearson's 'Jeannine'.
Tracks 10-12 were recorded at the Newport Jazz Festival on June 30, 1960 with pianist Barry Harris replacing Bobby Timmons. Although the sound quality is not perfect the music shines through and there's some impassioned playing from the Adderley brothers.
All in all, this soulful, hard-swinging quintet is captured at the peak of its powers and the music still sounds fresh and exciting over 50 years later.
BTW ~ This review refers to the ESSENTIAL JAZZ CLASSICS reissue(2011).
on 10 May 2011
Superb album by the Adderley brothers on sax and cornet with piano bass and drums. Although recorded 51 years ago this album remains a timeless classic for all modern jazz lovers and is also uplifting. Their style is a unique blend of bebop, gospel and soul. All the tunes are memorable and this famous quintet are heard playing at their best in their own very tight yet swinging manner. Cannonball is one of the hardest blowing alto players with a round warm rich tone and Nat almost unique on cornet, both are fluid and very accurate when playing in close harmony, and are well supported by the trio.The title track Them Dirty Blues is a favourite one to play over and over, along with Work Song and Soon. I bought my CD second hand to replace a worn out tape. If you have not obtained or heard this album make sure you do as soon as possible.
My copy of the CD has nine tracks. Recorded in 1960 over two sessions, the personnel is the same with the exception of the pianist. Tracks 5 -9 were recorded first (not sure of the logic) with Bobby Timmons on piano (i.e. The "classic" quintet from 1959) and tracks 1-4 recorded a month later with Barry Harris, himself a fine pianist.
I am a fan of the quintet with Bobby Timmons. We have two takes of Timmons' "Dat Dere", plus "Work Song", "Soon" and "Del Sasser". As expected, these tracks are superb and like the whole album have not dated despite being recorded fifty four years ago.
The first four tracks, recorded later with Barry Harris, are "Work Song", "Jeannine", "Easy Living" and "Them Dirty Blues" ( the only tune by Cannonball). Everyone is a classic (sorry to keep using the word) recording.
To a Cannonball devotee the tunes will be well known, but if you don't have any Adderley albums this is the first to buy. Possibly the best of all his albums, I have owned a copy in one format or another since its initial release.