As with so many alto saxophonists who forged their careers during the Fifties, Julian Cannonball Adderley was influenced by Charlie Parker. But it is to his credit that soon after he forged a style which became his very own. As has often been noted, there was a joyous quality about his playing that very few of his contemporaries could or chose to match.

Two words best encapsulate the music of alto saxophonist Julian Cannonball Adderley: “joy” and “soul.” It’s those two qualities that helped make it possible for Cannonball’s music to bridge the post-bop of the 1950s and ’60s and the jazz fusion of the ’70s and beyond.

As well as leading his own groups, he was part of the group Miles Davis used to record the landmark Kind of Blue. Later, as Cannonball Adderley perfected his own blend of bebop, funk, soul and R&B, he worked with future members of Weather Report like percussionist Dom Um Romao and keyboard player Joe Zawinul. Through it all, he also worked almost constantly with his brother, trumpeter and composer Nat Adderley.


1. 00:00:00 Autumn Leaves
2. 00:11:01   Love for Sale
3. 00:18:06  Somethin’ Else
4. 00:26:21  One for Daddy-O
5. 00:34:47  Dancing in the Dark
6. 00:38:55  Our Delight
7. 00:43:37  What’s New
8. 00:48:42  Fuller Bop Man
9. 00:52:29  Jubilation
10. 00:57:56  Stay on It
11. 01:02:40  If I Love Again
12. 01:08:11  Straight, No Chaser

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