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Tuesday, 12 July 2011

'Cannonball' Adderley Sextet - "Planet Earth"

Riverside / ABC Records RS-3041 (stereo)(USA), 1969 (reissue of 2 'live' tracks from 1962's"Sextet In New York", 2 tracks from 1963's "Nippon Soul", + 1 track from 1961's Nat Adderley Quartet album "Naturally").   

When Riverside Records went bankrupt in around 1964, 'Cannonball' took some of the original masters to Capitol Records, his next record label port-of-call, and a few of them saw the light of day for that label, including "Cannonball's Bossa Nova", retitled as "Cannonball Adderley With The Bossa Rio Sextet".  There was also a short-lived attempt at resurrecting Riverside by ABC Records, and this 1969 compilation is one of the resulting albums.  The main unifying factor with the first four tracks here are that they were all written by tenor saxophonist / oboist Yusef Lateef, and the first four ("Planet Earth", "Brother John", "The Weaver", and "Syn-Anthesia") are culled from the Adderley Sextet's 'live' albums "Sextet In New York" (1962) and "Nippon Soul" (1963), while rounding out the album is a track from a 1961 Nat Adderley quartet session for Riverside thast resulted in the album  "Naturally".  The track heard here is entitled "Seventh Son", written by the pianist on all of these sides, Joe Zawinul.  In fact, Nat Adderley, cornet, SamJones, bass, and Louis Hayes, drums, are on all five tracks as well, while 'Cannonball' plays alto saxophone on the first four sides only.  Subsequently, many of the original RiversideAdderley titles stayed in limbo until around 1986, when Landmark Records, with original producer Orrin Keepnews, were instrumental in the reissue of at least seven of these great Riverside albums on CD. Fantasy Records also later reissued some of the Riversides on CD in 1989. 

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