The Very Best of Cannonball Adderley
a note about this track
Today's Artist of the Day - Julian Edwin "Cannonball" Adderley (September 15, 1928 â€“ August 8, 1975) - jazz alto saxophonist of the hard bop era of the 1950s and 1960s.
Songs made famous by Adderley and his bands include "This Here" (written by Bobby Timmons), "The Jive Samba", "Work Song" (written by Nat Adderley), "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" (written by Joe Zawinul) and "Walk Tall" (written by Zawinul, Marrow and Rein). A cover version of Pops Staples' "Why (Am I Treated So Bad)?" also entered the charts. His instrumental "Sack o' Woe" was covered by Manfred Mann on their debut album
Cannonball was a local legend in Florida until he moved to New York City in 1955, where he lived in Corona, Queens.
It was in New York during this time that Adderley's prolific career began. Adderley visited the Cafe Bohemia, where Oscar Pettiford's group was playing that night. Adderley had brought his saxophone into the club with him, primarily because he feared that it would be stolen, and he was asked to sit in as the saxophone player was late. That performance established his reputation.
The Cannonball Adderley Sextet), and Cannonball's other combos and groups, included such noted musicians as:
pianists Bobby Timmons, Victor Feldman, Joe Zawinul, Hal Galper, Michael Wolff, George Duke, Wynton Kelly, Bill Evans
bassists Ray Brown, Sam Jones, Walter Booker, Victor Gaskin, Paul Chambers
drummers Louis Hayes, Roy McCurdy
saxophonists Charles Lloyd, Yusef Lateef