This excellent album was recorded in New York on April 23/27 & May 12, 1959 with Cannonball Adderley(alto sax); Wynton Kelly(piano); Paul Chambers or Percy Heath(bass) & Jimmy Cobb or Albert 'Tootie' Heath(drums). Adderley is in exuberant form on 7 memorable tracks(plus 2 alternative takes) including 6 standards and the altoist's original, 'Barefoot Sunday Blues'. Highlights include a scintillating version of 'I Remember You', the lyrical 'Poor Butterfly' & the ballad 'I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry'. 'Cannonball Takes Charge' is an ideal introduction to Adderley's often underrated alto saxophone playing.
BTW ~ This album, less the 2 alternative takes, has been reissued(2010) along with 'Quintet in Chicago' featuring John Coltrane on POLL WINNERS RECORDS PWR 27205.
Cannonball Adderley is one of the best Alto sax players you could ever hear, he has a free flowing style with a wonderful tone, I have not heard a bad or even slightly poor album of theirs, I have seven C.D.`s and five vinyl albums .