Personnel: Cannonball Adderley (soprano & alto saxophone); Yusef Lateef (tenor saxophone, flute); John Coltrane (tenor saxophone); Miles Davis, Johnny Coles, Louis Mucci, Ernie Royal, Emmet Berry (trumpet); Nat Adderley (cornet); Julius Watkins (French horn); Joe Bennett, Tom Mitchell, Frank Rehak (trombone); Harvey Philips Tuba); Alvin Battiste (clarinet);
Jerry Sanfino (reeds); Joe Zawinul (piano, electric piano); Junior Mance, Hank Jones, Bill Evans, Victor Feldman (piano); George Duke (electric piano);
Chuck Wayne, Barry Galbraith, Mike Deasy (electric guitar); Sam Jones, Paul Chambers, Milt Hinton, Victor Gaskin, Walter Booker (bass); Jimmy Cobb, Art Blakey, Louis Hayes, Roy McCurdy (drums); Airto Moreira, Buck Clarke (percussion).
Producers include: Bob Shand, Alfred Lion, Richard Bock, Jack Tracy, Orrin Keepnews.
Compilation producers: Michael Cuscuna, Mantis Evar, Bryan Koniarz.
Recorded between February 1957 & August 1971. Includes liner notes by Peter Keepnews.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
This is part of Blue Note Records "The Definitive" series.
Cannonball Adderley was just too varied and restless a performer for a single-disc compilation to truly earn the title THE DEFINITIVE CANNONBALL ADDERLEY, but this 2002 collection does a better job than any previous one-disc anthology. Moving in chronological order, the 10-track set begins with Adderley's post-bop period, when the saxophonist had just struck out on his own as a leader after working with the likes of John Coltrane and Miles Davis, both of whom make guest appearances. By the time of 1960's "Sack O' Woe," however, Adderley's trademark soul-jazz sound is nearing full development, and the rest of the disc is a neatly concise primer of the rise and fall of that particular jazz sub-genre, highlighted by a 1962 live take on Adderley fave "The Jive Samba" and the definitive version of Joe Zawinul's "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy." For the casual fan, THE DEFINITIVE CANNONBALL ADDERLEY is an excellent starting point.