Down Beat - 9/96, p.594 Stars
- Very Good - "It's easy to hear why everyone got excited when this date came out, which introduced Cannonball and Nat Adderley....Cannonball chomps off phrases with his signature smears and bluesy twists..."
Personnel: Kenny Clarke (drums); Julian "Cannonball" Adderley (alto saxophone); Jerome Richardson (tenor saxophone, flute); Donald Byrd (trumpet); Nat Adderley (cornet); Horace Silver, Hank Jones (piano); Paul Chambers (bass).
Along with Max Roach, Kenny Clarke was one of the definitive drummers of jazz's original bebop movement. By the time of the BOHEMIA AFTER DARK sessions (in June 1955), Clarke was firmly established as a bandleader. He probably didn't know it at the time but Clarke also made jazz history here, as BOHEMIA marks the recording debut of the soulful Adderley brothers--alto sax heavyweight Cannonball and ace cornetist/composer Nat. The brothers also contributed several tunes as well. This session is earnestly swinging bop with very good early-career work from pianist Horace Silver and bassist Paul Chambers.