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Tuesday, 12 July 2011

'Cannonball' Adderley Sextet - "Cannonball Adderley's Fiddler On The Roof"

Capitol ST 2216 (stereo) (USA), 1965 

The 'Cannonball' Adderley Sextet, newly signed to the Capitol label in 1964, were quite taken with the music from the hit musical "Fiddler On The Roof", which was a big Broadway hit in that year.  It was decided that this would be their debut album for Capitol Records.  All the tracks were composed by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, and include: "Fiddler On The Roof" (also known as "Tradition"), "To Life", "Sabbath Prayer", "Cajvalach", "Sewing Machine" (deleted from the show prior to the Broadway opening, but much liked by 'Cannonball', who includes it here), "Now I Have Everything", "Do You Love Me", and "Matchmaker", probably the best-known of these songs.  So, after choosing the songs they wanted to give a jazz spin to, they recorded this album in New York in October, 1964.  Featuring Charles Lloyd on tenor saxophone and flute, the additional front line horn helps to make the voicings heard here a rich mixture along with 'Cannonball's alto saxophone and brother Nat Adderley's cornet.  In the rhythm section are Joe Zawinul, piano, Sam Jones, bass, and Louis Hayeson drums.

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