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Price You Got to Pay to Be Free
     

The Price You Got to Pay to Be Free

by Cannonball Adderley Quintet
 
Jazz was undergoing a sea change in 1970 thanks to Miles Davis' electronic and structural breakthroughs, and his former sideman Cannonball Adderley was right in the thick of things (the two leaders shared musicians and traded influences during this period). Like Miles, the Adderleys expanded their canvas to double-LPs -- this live album being the first of a series in

Overview

Jazz was undergoing a sea change in 1970 thanks to Miles Davis' electronic and structural breakthroughs, and his former sideman Cannonball Adderley was right in the thick of things (the two leaders shared musicians and traded influences during this period). Like Miles, the Adderleys expanded their canvas to double-LPs -- this live album being the first of a series in the double-pocket format -- and each side would be organized into nearly continuous medleys. Not only that, Cannonball still had Joe Zawinul on board, who greatly altered the texture of Cannonball's music with his floating electric piano and science-fiction interludes with a ring modulator (this would be his last album with the Quintet). Still, Cannonball was a populist at heart, and his generosity of spirit shines through this often deliciously diverse album, which ranges wildly from flat-out soul to Brazilian music to a cautious toedip into the avant-garde. Along the way, we hear vocals from both Adderleys (including an exceedingly rare yet oddly charming one from Cannon on Milton Nascimento's challenging "Bridges"), a stunningly touching Cannonball testament on soprano in "Some Time Ago" and alto solos that definitely show that Cannonball had absorbed the Coltrane vocabulary. One can do without guest Nat Adderley, Jr.'s cliched anti-Nixon sloganeering on the title tune (granted, he was only 15 years old) but again, his presence testifies to the close-knit, liberal family atmosphere that Cannonball encouraged. This is a fascinating contemporary snapshot of the Quintet, whose later recordings are too casually dismissed these days.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/2016
Label:
Real Gone Music
UPC:
0848064004530
catalogNumber:
400453
Rank:
15065

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cannonball Adderley Quintet   Primary Artist
Cannonball Adderley   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Vocals
Nat Adderley   Cornet,Vocals,Electro-Acoustic Piano
Walter Booker   Acoustic Guitar,String Bass
Joe Zawinul   Piano,Celeste,Electric Piano,Electronic Piano
Roy McCurdy   Drums
Nat Adderley   Guitar,Vocals
Bob West   Electric Bass,String Bass
Julian Adderley   Vocals

Technical Credits

Edú Lobo   Composer
Milton Nascimento   Composer
Nat Adderley   Composer
Gene Lees   Composer
Lani Hall   Composer
David Axelrod   Producer
Walter Booker   Composer
Joe Zawinul   Composer
Roy McCurdy   Composer
Jay Ranellucci   Engineer
Sandra Mihanovich   Composer
Fernando Brant   Composer
Gordon Anderson   Reissue Producer
Rick Holmes   Composer
Torquato Neto   Composer
Julian Adderley   Composer,Producer
Bill Kopp   Liner Notes,Reissue Design

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