Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Julian "Cannonball" ADDERLEY - At The Lighthouse 1960

Julian "Cannonball" ADDERLEY - At The Lighthouse 1960
"Lighthouse Club", Hermosa Beach, CA, October 16, 1960
RLP 9344


The cool jazz that Miles Davis was forging around the same time gets more critical ink, but when a layman thinks about Jazz with a capital "J," the music that comes to mind probably sounds a lot like this 1960 club date from the Cannonball Adderley Quintet. Throughout the set the group shows off its chief assets: meaty rhythms and lively soloing with roots in both bebop and gospel. For the first time, it could also boast the presence of pianist-composer Victor Feldman. In addition to his tuneful-yet-conversational solos, Feldman contributes two of his own songs, the breezy "Azule Serape" (in his introduction, Adderley claims not to understand the title) and the antic "Exodus." The band handles both delicate numbers ("We think this one is kind of cute," Adderley says of "Blue Daniel") and more propulsive material (the boss' own classic, "Sack O' Woe") with equal parts vivacity and poise. Somethin' Else aside, the true brilliance of the Cannonball Adderley Quintet was best captured live in front of a small, appreciative audience. At the Lighthouse is an excellent document of soul-jazz at both its jazziest and most soulful.
By Daniel Browne.
Of all the amazing recordings Cannonball did with his many great quintets/sextets, this I feel is the best. In my opinion, the Adderley quintet records best when live, as this wonderful album proves. It all starts out with the finger-snapping groove of "Sack O' Woe", Cannonball's most famous composition. Every soloist really swings hard, and sets the tone for the rest of album. "Big 'P'", a Jimmy Heath tune written about his brother Percy, continues with the driving feel. Things then slow down a bit with the lovely jazz waltz "Blue Daniel", which shows a more sensitive side to Cannonball and the gang. Victor Feldman, the pianist on this recording, is the only new member of the quintet for this album (the rest are the same as in "Them Dirty Blues", another masterpiece") and he really shows off his compositional skills with the next two numbers, "Azule Serape" and "Exodus", two up-tempo burners. The album then comes to a swinging finish with an amazing version of "What is This Thing Called Love?". If you're a fan of any of Adderley's work or just love music that really swings, you'll love this one, guaranteed.
Julian "Cannonball" Adderley- (Alto Sax)
Nat Adderley- (Cornet)
Victor Feldman- (Piano)
Sam Jones- (Bass)
Louis Hayes- (Drums)
A1. Sack O´Woe 10:41
A2. Big "P" 5:55
A3. Blue Daniel 7:24
B1. Azule Serape 9:27
B2. Exodus 7:39
B3. What Is This Thing Called Love 4:43

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