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Tuesday, 12 July 2011

'Cannonball' Adderley And The Bossa Rio Sextet With Sergio Mendes

Capitol Records ST 2877 (stereo) (USA) 1968 (reissue of 1963's Riverside album "Cannonball's Bossa Nova")

In 1962, 'Cannonball' Adderley and his group were playing a residency at famous New York jazz club Birdland, when Brazilian pianist and future leader of 'Brasil '66' Sergio Mendes and his 'Bossa Rio Sextet' rhythm section dropped by to hear him in person.  They happened to be in New York participating in a massive cavalcade of bossa nova at Carnegie Hall. 'Cannonball' duly invited them to sit in, and, sensing that there was something special here, made plans to record with the group, which resulted in this great album.  Mendes' band included: Durval Ferriera, guitar, Dom Um Romao, drums,Octavio Bailly, Jr., bass, Pedro Paulo, trumpet, and Paulo Moura, alto saxophone.  The compositions here include four by Ferriera, "Clouds", "Batida Diferente", "Joyce's Samba" " (both co-written with Mauricio Einhorn) and "Sambop", co-written with Paulo Moura; two by the prolific bossa nova master Antonio Carlos Jobim, "Corcovado (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars)" and "O Amor Em Paz (Once I Loved)", and one each by Mendes ("Groovy Samba") and expat Brazilian pianist Joao Donato ("Minha Saudade"). 

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