Cannonball Adderley Sextet: Cannonball Adderley (alto saxophone); Yusef Lateef (tenor saxophone); Nat Adderley (cornet); Joe Zawinul (piano); Sam Jones (bass); Louis Hayes (drums).
Recorded live at the Village Vanguard, New York, New York on January 12 & 14, 1962. Originally released on Riverside (9404). Includes liner notes by Orrin Keepnews.
Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1987, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Cannonball Adderley/Cannonball Adderley Sextet: Cannonball Adderley (alto saxophone); Yusef Lateef (flute, oboe, tenor saxophone); Nat Adderley (cornet); Joe Zawinul (piano); Sam Jones (bass instrument); Louis Hayes (drums, drum).
Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Recording information: The Village Vanguard, New York, NY (01/12/1962/01/14/1962).
Photographer: Steve Schapiro.
This excellent live date from the Village Vanguard was the recording debut of the Adderley sextet, with Cannonball waxing eloquently and swingingly on alto, brother Nat charging ahead on cornet, and the versatile Yusef Lateef (who had joined the band only three weeks earlier) adding a bit of an edge on tenor, flute, and unusually for a jazz wind player, oboe on the odd, dirge-like "Syn-Anthesia." Also, this was the first recorded appearance of pianist Joe Zawinul -- a little over three years since his arrival in America -- in Cannonball's band. This group would be Zawinul's springboard to prominence in the jazz world, and readily apparent is how his compulsively funky mastery of bop and the blues had fused tightly with the Sam Jones/Louis Hayes rhythm section. Included is one of the earliest recordings of a Zawinul composition, "Scotch and Water," a happy, swinging blues. ~ Richard S. Ginell