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Julian "Cannonball" ADDERLEY – With Nat Adderley, Hank Jones, Paul Chambers, Kenny Clarke 1955

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Julian “Cannonball” ADDERLEY – With Nat Adderley, Hank Jones, Paul Chambers, Kenny Clarke  1955
1994 Issue. Jazz Heritage 513691F


This set has altoist Cannonball Adderley’s first recordings as a leader, following by 16 days his memorable appearance on a session headed by drummer Kenny Clarke. Already at this early stage, Adderley was a powerful player with a soulful sound that was almost distinctive. His exuberant style is heard on five selections (highlighted by “Spontaneous Combustion” and “A Little Taste”) in a quintet with his brother Nat on cornet, pianist Hank Jones, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Kenny Clarke. A very impressive beginning to a memorable career. [Originally released in 1955, Presenting Cannonball was re-released on CD in 2005.
By Stephen Reddy.
I am writing this in the hope that when you do pick up this album in your favorite record store, that you will take the opportunity to listen to a bit of it. Just a couple of choruses by “CANNON BALL” will be enough to assure you of his stature as a Jazzman. This is not necessarily an introduction to “CANNON BALL” as he was introduced on records via a previous album called “BOHEMIA AFTER DARK,” SAVOY MG-12017, which was just released a week before this. If you’ve already heard that album, you are sure to pick up this one also as here “CANNON BALL” is given quite a bit more time to express himself as this album features less horns, two, as against four in the “BOHEMIA AFTER DARK” Album. What I’m trying to say is that this is “CANNONBALL’s” date and, as a leader, he blows more solos than do his very capable assistants. His brother, Nat, is blowing Cornet, yeah, I said Cornet. It sounds like Trumpet, but I guess there is a slight difference to a guy that blows Cornet. I don’t think I would guess which was the Trumpet or Cornet if I were given a blindfold test. Could you?
Nat tells me he gets more facility on Cornet that’s why he made the change from Trumpet. Beside blowing some of the most exciting Jazz today, Nat collaborated with Julian on “SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION” and “STILL TALKIN’ TO YA.” “A LITTLE TASTE” and “CARIBBEAN CUTIE” are by Julian
Paul Chambers is the Bassist on these sides and he’s a joy to hear. This is a Detroit youngster who will go a long way in our Jazz field (at this writing he was 20 years old). He blows just as well whether he’s pickin’ or bowing and his ideas are wonderful. He certainly is an asset to this group.
What can I say about Hank Jones and Kenny Clarke? I’m sure that by now you all know of their talents and to compliment them again would only be repetitious. For those of you that haven’t yet realized their talents, I can only suggest that you listen. We, at Savoy, are proud that we are able to present another fine Jazz recording to you, the Jazz Enthusiast, and we sincerely hope that this will give you many, many hours of listening pleasure. ”
By Ozzie Cadena.
JULIAN “Cannonball” Adderley- Alto
Hank Jones- Piano
Nat Adderley -Cornet
Paul Chambers- Bass
Kenny Clarke Drums
01. Spontaneous Combustion   10:06
02. Still Talkin’ to Ya   8:58
03. A Little Taste   5:06
04. Caribbean Cutie   7:06
05. Flamingo   7:06

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