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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4.6 out of 5 stars
At The Lighthouse
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 4 July 2016
This excellent quintet album by the alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley(1928-75) was recorded live at The Lighthouse, Hermosa Beach, California on October 16, 1960.
Apart from Cannonball on alto the quintet included Nat Adderley(cornet) and a stellar rhythm section of Victor Feldman(piano); Sam Jones(bass) & Louis Hayes(drums).
This empathetic group perform seven memorable compositions and highlights are Cannonball's 'Sack O' Woe', Victor feldman's 'Azule Serape' & Tadd Dameron's 'Our Delight'.
'At The Lighthouse' is one of Cannonball Adderley's finest live albums and should be heard by anyone who appreciates soulful and hard-swinging modern jazz.
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on 17 September 2011
Recorded in October 1960 Cannonball had brother Nat, Victor Feldman, Sam Jones and Louis Hayes (cornet, piano, bass and drums respectively) backing him in a 53 minute live set at Harold Rumsey's Lighthouse Club on Hermosa Beach. Originally a Riverside recording the seven item master tape migrated to Capitol Records in 1963 and is now a valuable Capitol Jazz re-issue. This is a really important CD - a 'maturing' of Victor Feldman's piano style and compositions (Azule Serape/Exodus), a clearly tightly knit combo with the then new soul jazz style and the superb soloing talents of the leader. Whilst alternative versions of most tracks (the others are: Sack 'o woe, Big "P", Blue Daniel, What is this thing called love and Our Delight) can be found in Cannonball's repertoire these are ALL fine examples. Recomended.
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on 6 October 2006
This album is amazing - beautiful soloing from the whole band, great compositions, wonderfully recorded. Classic, swinging, bluesy, soulful Cannonball. I've loved it for years and I'm only writing a review because no-one else has yet and it throughly deserves 5 stars along with the other Cannonball stuff! Pick it up and enjoy!
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on 11 November 2011
I share the views of the other 'positive' reviewers, this is a land mark album in jazz, returning the introspective, esoteric jazz that it had in many ways become to once again an exciting, happy and approachable art. I must mention Victor Feldman, the English pianist who 'made it' in the states. Listen to his wonderful solo on Sack O' Woe, his vamping bass line which is driving the group along is carried into his solo and the way he becomes 'the bass' during the bass solo, great stuff. Proving that here was one Englishman at least,who could live with, and thrive, in the home of jazz with the top practitioners of the day. Well done Victor.

I have nothing against introspective jazz by the way, love it, but like Wynton Marsalis today it is always good to remember it's roots and raison d'etre
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on 28 June 2008
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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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 20 July 2014
This is one of Adderley's top five albums and must also rate as one of the top jazz albums of all time. Recorded in 1960, but not released for some years later, this "live" recording captures the total atmosphere of a great concert performance. Bobby Timmons (p) had left the group, presumably to join Blakey, and has been replaced by the greatest export from Britain, namely Victor Feldman. Otherwise this is the team that had been a stable unit for a few years. The Adderley brothers are the "head", and Sam Jones and Louis Hayes are a rock solid rhythm section, playing as one.

The seven tunes here are a representative sample of the repertoire of the band at this period, only "Work Song" is missing! The session opens with "Sack O' Woe" (10.42) a favourite rousing opener. There are then three beautiful tunes: "Big P" (5.52), "Blue Daniel" (7.28) and Feldman's amazingly beautiful "Azule Serape" (9.27). The final three tunes are another from Feldman "Exodus" (7.37), then "What Is This Thing Called Love?" (4.46) and "Our Delight" (5.53).

The only comment about the music is that is is played with skill, energy and emotion. It swings like crazy. Marvellous stuff. A top album by anyone's definition.
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on 4 September 2011
This is as close as I shall ever get to being able to hear again the group that I saw perform in
London in the early sixties. Apart from Feldman replacing Timmons - these were the men I
heard that wonderful evening and the album is great.
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on 3 September 2011
One of the quintet's most famous albums,all selections are well known, they had chosen the great British pianist Victor Feldman. A collector's item for those who love hard swinging modern bebop and soul based jazz
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on 7 March 2012
This album is a masterpiece and one of the best live recordings you will ever hear, every track is a joy.
Do yourself a favour and buy this album, if you like jazz you'll love this!!
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on 3 June 2016
although this never gets 5 stars in jazz mags, i love it, it was a golden time for adderley, any of his early 60's albums are worth having. cd and booklet were better than the seller described, i'm delighted with the music and the seller.
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