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Library JournalMusic historian and discographer Ginell (Hot Jazz for Sale: Hollywood’s Jazz Man Record Shop) has written the first full-length biography of jazz great Cannonball Adderley (1928–75). Starting with the saxophonist’s education and high school teaching career in Florida, he chronicles Adderley’s discovery at the Café Bohemia in New York in 1955 and his time in the legendary Miles Davis band in which he contributed to the classic Kind of Blue. The author continues with Cannonball’s rise to fame on Riverside Records, his subsequent success with the burgeoning genre of soul jazz (the album The Cannonball Adderley Quintet in San Francisco became a best seller), and Adderley’s civil rights activism before his untimely death at 46.
Verdict Though seldom probing into Adderley’s motivations in his music and personal life and interviewing only a few of Cannonball’s family and musical associates, Ginell here provides a valuable if sketchy outline of Adderley’s life. This book will appeal primarily to jazz fans.—David P. Szatmary, Univ. of Washington, Seattle
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