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Tuesday, 12 July 2011

'Cannonball' Adderley Quintet - "74 Miles Away - Walk Tall"

Capitol Records ST 2822 (stereo), 1967

Possibly recorded at the same 'live' sessions that produced the hit album "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy", the reason for surmising this is because the same KBCA radio disc jockey, Jay Rich, introduces the band at the beginning of Side 1, and both albums came out in 1967.  Also, the same five musicians, 'Cannonball', alto saxophone, Nat Adderley, cornet, Joe Zawinul, electric piano, Victor Gaskin, bass and Roy McCurdy, drums appear on this album.  There is one track by Nat, "Do, Do, Do", one co-written by Nat and 'Cannonball', "Oh Babe", two written by Joe Zawinul, "Walk Tall" and "74 Miles Away", and one written by the jazz critic and musician Leonard Feather, a tribute to Charlie Parker called "I Remember Bird".  'Cannonball' plays a heartfelt tribute to Bird on this track.  Feather also penned the erudite album notes here.

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