Capitol Records ST 2663 (stereo) (USA), 1967
This is the album that gave 'Cannonball' Adderley's group their biggest hit since Bobby Timmons' "This Here" in 1959, with the title tune "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy", written by "The Viennese Wonder", as Nat Adderley 'name-checked' Joe Zawinul on one of Nat's own 'live' solo albums. (See future listings for this album.) The line-up here includes 'Cannonball' Adderley, alto saxophone; Nat Adderley, cornet; Joe Zawinul, piano; Victor Gaskin, bass; and Roy McCurdy on drums. Two selections, "Fun", and "Games" were written by Nat, two more, "Sticks" and "Sack 'O Woe" (previously recorded on 'At The Lighthouse') are by 'Cannonball', and a further two are by Joe Zawinul, the previously mentioned "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" and "Hipadelphia". Although supposedly recorded 'live' @ The Club, Chicago, information gleaned from the Cannonball Adderley website states that this album was in fact recorded at a 'live' session in the Capitol Tower in Hollywood, California, which is probably true, as the announcer at the beginning of track one sounds like Jay Rich of KBCA, Los Angeles' jazz FM radio station. I know this as I used to listen to Jay when I lived in Los Angeles in the mid-late '60s. There is other, later material released on another Adderley album which was in fact recorded by Capitol at The Club.
Tuesday, 12 July 2011
'Cannonball' Adderley Quintet - "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy!"
Posted by shepherdlass at 09:55