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Tuesday, 12 July 2011

'Cannonball' Adderley Quintet - "Still Talkin' To Ya"

Oriole / Realm Records RM 17 (mono)(UK), 1963 (UK reissue of 1955 Savoy album "Presenting Cannonball"). 

This album was the first to present the 'Cannonball' Adderley Quintet, dating from that momentous 1955 visit to the Café Bohemia, when the heretofore unknown 'Cannonball' proceeded to sit in with bassist Oscar Pettiford's group, and blow the house down, a sensational debut on the New York jazz scene.  As a result of this appearance, he was brought to the attention of Savoy Records by Pettiford's drummer, Kenny Clarke, and the rest is history, with this album an outstanding result.  With the rhythm section consisting of pianist Hank Jones, bassist Paul Chambers, and the aforementioned Kenny Clarke on drums, this is a wonderful set, recorded in New York City on 26 July, 1955.  The titles include four tunes written by Adderley, Still Talkin' To Ya", "A Little Taste", Carribean Cutie", and "Spontaneous Combustion" (co-written with his brother Nat Adderley, a tune he later recorded on his 1959 breakthrough album for Riverside, "'Cannonball' Adderley Quintet In San Francisco", where he also recalled these early New York days by including Oscar Pettiford's "Bohemia After Dark"), and the standard "Flamingo", written by Ted Grouya and Edmund Anderson.  

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