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This excellent live date from the Village Vanguard was the recording debut of the Adderley sextet, with Cannonball waxing eloquently and swingingly on alto, brother Nat charging ahead on cornet, and the versatile Yusef Lateef (who had joined the band only three weeks earlier) adding a bit of an edge on tenor, flute, and unusually for a jazz wind player, oboe on the odd, dirge-like "Syn-Anthesia." Also, this was the first recorded appearance of pianist Joe Zawinul -- a little over three years since his arrival in America -- in Cannonball's band. This group would be Zawinul's springboard to prominence in the jazz world, and readily apparent is how his compulsively funky mastery of bop and the blues had fused tightly with the Sam Jones/Louis Hayes rhythm section. Included is one of the earliest recordings of a Zawinul composition, "Scotch and Water," a happy, swinging blues.
Performance CreditsCannonball Adderley Sextet Primary Artist
Cannonball Adderley Alto Saxophone
Nat Adderley Cornet
Louis Hayes Drums
Yusef Lateef Flute,Oboe,Tenor Saxophone
Joe Zawinul Piano
Sam "Stovepipe No. 1" Jones Bass
Technical CreditsJimmy Heath Composer
Sam Jones Composer
Yusef Lateef Composer
Joe Zawinul Composer
Ernie Wilkins Composer
Ray Fowler Engineer
Orrin Keepnews Reissue Producer,Annotation,Original Liner Notes
Ken Deardoff Cover Design
Larissa Collins Art Direction
Junat Productions Audio Production