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Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley with Strings - "The Lush Side Of Cannonball"

Mercury Records MG 20652 (mono) (USA), 1961 (reissue of "Cannonball Adderley + Strings", Mercury Records MG 36063, 1955). 

A wonderful album in the much-maligned "jazz with strings" category, this being (in my opinion) on a par with Clifford Brown's wonderful "With Strings" album coincidentally also recorded in the same year, 1955, and for the same record label, Mercury / Emarcy.  Eleven of the tunes here are well-known standards: Johnny Green - Edward Heyman's "I Cover The Waterfront", George & Ira Gershwin's "A Foggy Day", Rodgers & Hammerstein's "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top" (pre-dating both Miles Davis' 1956 version and Ahmad Jamal's 1958 version of this tune), Frank Loesser & Hoagy Carmichael's "Two Sleepy People", Sammy Cahn & Nicholas Brodsky's "I'll Never Stop Loving You" (a hit for Doris Day around this time), Herb Magidson & Allie Wrubel's "The Masquerade Is Over", Frank Loesser's "I've Never Been In Love Before", Rodgers & Hart's "Falling In Love WIth Love", Victor Young & Sam Lewis' "Street Of Dreams", Jimmy Van Heusen & Johnny Burke's "Polka Dots And Moonbeams", Rodgers & Hart's "You Are Too Beautiful", and one tune penned by the great vibraharpist, Terry Gibbs, that being "Lonely Dreams".  The masterful arrangements are by Richard Hayman, who was also a well-known harmonica maestro, having recently made a hit record out of "Ruby (You're Just a Dream"), later a big hit for Ray Charles. 

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