Full performer name: Cannonball Adderley & His Orchestra.
Cannonball Adderley & His Orchestra: Cannonball Adderley (alto saxophone); Ernie Wilkins (conductor); George Dorsey (alto saxophone, flute); Jerome Richardson (tenor saxophone, piccolo, flute); Oliver Nelson (tenor saxophone, flute); Arthur Clarke (baritone saxophone); Nat Adderley, Clark Terry, Ernie Royal, Nick Travis, Joe Newman (trumpet); Bob Brookmeyer, Melba Liston, Jimmy Cleveland, Paul Faulise, George Matthews, Arnett Sparrow (trombone); Don Butterfield (tuba); Wynton Kelly (piano); Sam Jones (bass); Charlie Persip, Louis Hayes (drums); Ray Barretto (congas); Michael Olatunji (African drums).
Recorded at Plaza Sound Studios, New York, New York on February 28, May 9 & 15, 1961. Originally released on Riverside (9377). Includes liner notes by Orrin Keepnews.
Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1993, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
The music on this CD reissue is better than it should be. Cannonball Adderley had a fluke hit with "African Waltz" so a full album was recorded with the hope of coming up with additional hits. These 11 selections (which include "African Waltz") feature altoist Adderley backed by an 18-piece big band with arrangements provided by Ernie Wilkins and Bob Brookmeyer. The tunes clock in between two and five minutes and leave little room for much improvising by anyone other than Cannonball, his brother Nat on cornet, and pianist Wynton Kelly. There is some strong material on the set (including "West Coast Blues," "Stockholm Sweetnin'" and a remake of "This Here") but the results are not too substantial and this was not that big a seller; it is still a reasonably enjoyable effort. [Originally released in 1963, African Waltz was remastered on CD in 1993.] ~ Scott Yanow