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Tuesday, 12 July 2011

'Cannonball' Adderley Quintet - "The Price You Got To Pay To Be Free"

Capitol Records SWBB-636 (stereo; 2 record set) (USA), 1971   


Here's a double 'live' album, probably recorded at the Capitol Tower in Hollywood, as the announcer on track 1 and the closing track is Rick Holmes, disc jockey from jazz station KBCA FM.  Also making his recording debut here is Nat Adderley, Jr., (who would later be chief arranger for Luther Vandross) who plays piano and sings on two tracks he composed, the title track "The Price You Got To Pay To Be Free", and "Together".  Nat Jr. also plays acoustic guitar on "Down In Black Bottom" and electric piano on "Lonesome Stranger", both written and sung by his father, Nat, Sr. Also written by Nat Adderley Sr. are "Inquisition", ""Devestatement", "Exquisition", and closing theme "The Scene", the last co-written with Joe Zawinul, who also composed "Rumplestiltskin", "Painted Desert" (which also turns up on Nat Adderley's "Live At Memory Lane" album, soon to be listed for sale here), and "Directions".  Nat and Joe co-authored "1-2-3-GO-O-O-!" with bassist and drummer Walter Booker and Roy McCurdy, while the Brazilian influence is heard inMilton Nascimento's "Bridges", with a heart-felt vocal by 'Cannonball', "Pra Dizer Adeus" (To Say Goodbye)" by E. Lobo, and "Sometime Ago", written by Sergei Mihanovich, and featuring a wonderful soprano solo by 'Cannonball'. Julian, as well as playing alto and soprano saxophones, also composed "Get Up Off Your Knees", "Wild Cat Pee", "Alto Sex", and "Out And In" to augment a wonderful and varied program heard here.  In addition, Bob West plays electric bass on "The Price You Pay . . ." and "Down In Black Bottom", and double bass on "Bridges", while bassistWalter Booker also plays acoustic guitar on "Pra Dizer Adeus" and "Bridges".  

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