Unit 7

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All Music Guide - Jim Todd
Mike Smith wears his Cannonball Adderley influences proudly, and on this tribute disk the parallels are even more evident. That said, Smith, a fine, articulate player and capable leader, is just as easily recognizable as a disciple of Phil Woods or Sonny Stitt, players with a more precise, incisive approach to the alto sax compared to Adderley's earthy virtuosity. Generally, Smith and company make tidier packages of these pieces than the Adderley quintet did in the late '50s and early to mid-'60s. What the Chicago-based Smith and company dispense with in unbridled soul, they make up for with tight ensemble playing and coolly incandescent solo work. Pianist Jodie Christian is a...
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All Music Guide - Jim Todd
Mike Smith wears his Cannonball Adderley influences proudly, and on this tribute disk the parallels are even more evident. That said, Smith, a fine, articulate player and capable leader, is just as easily recognizable as a disciple of Phil Woods or Sonny Stitt, players with a more precise, incisive approach to the alto sax compared to Adderley's earthy virtuosity. Generally, Smith and company make tidier packages of these pieces than the Adderley quintet did in the late '50s and early to mid-'60s. What the Chicago-based Smith and company dispense with in unbridled soul, they make up for with tight ensemble playing and coolly incandescent solo work. Pianist Jodie Christian is a main contributor to the clean lines that shape these performances. Trumpeter Ron Friedman, like Smith, brings his own bright, agile sound to the session. Guitarist Sid Jacobs is on hand for one track, the jazz samba "La Luz de la Luna," the only Smith original on the CD. This set usefully includes a full-length airing of Sam Jones' title track, which the Adderley quintet used in truncated form to signal breaks between sets. The inclusion of Nat Adderley's ballad "Pisces" is also valuable, since the version by Nat's group was recorded -- to its detriment -- with Age of Aquarius hipster vocals from Los Angeles DJ Rick Holmes on the 1972 LP Soul Zodiac. Brother Nat also contributes Unit 7's liner notes. While made with audible care and skill, this 1990 release remains content to bask in the shadows of the Adderley quintet, rather than use it as a point of departure to new musical horizons.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/1993
  • Label: Delmark
  • UPC: 038153044428
  • Catalog Number: 444
  • Sales rank: 367,060

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Unit 7 (6:49)
  2. 2 Hi-Fly (7:20)
  3. 3 La Luz de la Luna (6:50)
  4. 4 Work Song (4:48)
  5. 5 Jeanine (6:20)
  6. 6 Pisces (6:56)
  7. 7 Dat Dere (6:17)
  8. 8 A Little Taste (5:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mike Smith Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone
Jodie Christian Piano
Ron Friedman Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Sid Jacobs Guitar
Robert Shy Drums
John Whitfield Bass
Alejo Proveda Percussion
Mike Smith Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
Cannonball Adderley Composer
Nat Adderley Composer, Liner Notes
Mike Smith Composer, Producer, Engineer
Randy Weston Composer
Oscar Brown Jr. Composer
Robert G. Koester Producer
Doug Scharf Engineer
Al Brandtner Cover Design
Nat Adderley Jr. Composer
Paul Holderbaum Producer
Mike Smith Producer, Engineer
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