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Tuesday, 12 July 2011

'Cannonball' Adderley Quintet - "Country Preacher"

Capitol Records SKAO-404 (stereo) (USA), 1970

Here's an Adderley 'live' album with a difference, recorded at the Saturday morning meeting of "Operation Breadbasket" in Chicago, a black self-help organization directed by Rev. Jesse Jackson, who speaks words of inspiration on several of the tracks.  The musicians heard here lend their support to this worthwhile endeavour, and are 'Cannonball' Adderley, alto and soprano saxophones; Nat Adderley, cornet; Joe Zawinul, Fender Rhodes piano; Walter Booker, bass, and Roy McCurdy drums.  Composer credits include: Joe Zawinul ("Walk Tall" (also heard on the album "74 Miles Away - Walk Tall"), "Country Preacher (dedicated to Rev. Jesse Jackson)", closing theme "The Scene" (co-written with Nat), and "Olga", (dedicated by Joe to 'Cannonball's wife Olga); Nat Adderley ("Hummin'", "Oh Babe"[co-written with 'Cannonball'), and Umbakwen"); 'Cannonball' Adderley ("Marabi" (also heard on album "Accent On Africa") and Walter Booker ("Soli Tomba").  "Umbakwen", "Soli Tomba", "Olga" and Marabi" form a suite entitled "Afro-Spanish Omlet", exploring the many ways African and Spanish music have combined, and take up most of Side 2 on this LP.  

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