Sunday, January 24, 2010

Jazz Icons: Cannonball Adderley - Live in '63 (Naxos, 2008)

The great soulful alto saxophonist Julian "Cannonball" Adderley was at the peak of his considerable powers when these two European television broadcasts were taped in the summer of 1963. Presented in black and white, with nicely remastered sound, this DVD captures Adderley leading a short lived sextet with his brother Nat on cornet, Yusef Lateef on tenor saxophone, flute and oboe, Joe Zawinul on piano, Sam Jones on bass and Louis Hayes on drums. The music presented here is consistently excellent, bluesy and soulful. Classics like Nat Adderley's soon to be standard "Work Song" and “Bohemia After Dark”get brisk uptempo performances, sounding like the very template for hard bop jazz, while ballad material like the beautiful "Angel Eyes" which gives the spotlight to Lateef's breathy flute. Fans of classic hard bop jazz should find a lot to enjoy here, and the package contains a very nice booklet with lengthy liner notes and many photographs. Jazz Icons: Cannonball Adderley - Live in '63 -

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