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Ballads

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Ballads is a lovely collection of Cannonball Adderley's work on Blue Note from the late '50s to the mid-'60s. Since the nine selections have been taken from nine different albums, the personnel varies widely. The overall mood and approach, however, remain uniform. On "Now I Have Everything" flutist Charles Lloyd, pianist Joe Zawinul, and cornet player Nat Adderley join in for a short, impressionistic lullaby; on "Easy Living" pianist Barry Harris, bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Louis Hayes lend their talents to a soulful take on a favorite standard. Adderley's alto paints in broad, expressionistic colors, wringing just a little more feeling from each note of "I ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Ballads is a lovely collection of Cannonball Adderley's work on Blue Note from the late '50s to the mid-'60s. Since the nine selections have been taken from nine different albums, the personnel varies widely. The overall mood and approach, however, remain uniform. On "Now I Have Everything" flutist Charles Lloyd, pianist Joe Zawinul, and cornet player Nat Adderley join in for a short, impressionistic lullaby; on "Easy Living" pianist Barry Harris, bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Louis Hayes lend their talents to a soulful take on a favorite standard. Adderley's alto paints in broad, expressionistic colors, wringing just a little more feeling from each note of "I Worship You" and "I Can't Get Started." The mood of pieces like "Dancing in the Dark" reminds one of a rainy night in a film noir classic, with the lights reflecting against the wet city streets at three a.m. The last cut, the 15-minute "The Song My Lady Sings," caps off 55 minutes of quiet, reflective jazz. This low-key exit quietly ebbs and flows as the band fills it with atmosphere to spare. For the unfamiliar, Ballads will serve as relaxed introduction into Adderley's stunning work; for all others, Ballads will serve as the perfect disc for late-night listening.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/2002
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 724353756321
  • Catalog Number: 5375632
  • Sales rank: 225,517

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cannonball Adderley Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone
Sergio Mendes Piano
Nat Adderley Cornet
Barry Harris Piano
Louis Hayes Drums
Hank Jones Piano
Sam Jones Bass
Wynton Kelly Piano
Charles Lloyd Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Paulo Moura Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Cobb Drums
Joe Zawinul Piano
Octavio Bailly Jr. Bass
Art Blakey Drums
Paul Chambers Bass
Victor Gaskin Bass
Roy McCurdy Drums
Pedro Paulo Trumpet
Dom Um Romão Drums
Technical Credits
Oliver Nelson Orchestral Arrangements
David Axelrod Producer
Orrin Keepnews Producer
Alfred Lion Producer
Ron McMaster Mastering
Tom Morgan Producer
Andy Wiswell Producer
Burton Yount Art Direction
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