Cannonball Adderley – Inside Straight (1973)

FrontCover1Inside Straight is a live album by jazz saxophonist Cannonball Adderley recorded at the Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California in 1973 featuring performances by Adderley’s Quintet with Nat Adderley, Hal Galper, Walter Booker and Roy McCurdy with guest percussionist King Errisson.

The Penguin Guide to Jazz awarded the album 3 stars stating “This was one of his live-in-the-studio sessions with a late edition of the band. Galper plays smart, probing electric piano and Booker and McCurdy generate considerable heat”.

After seven years with Capitol, Cannonball Adderley switched labels to Fantasy where he reunited with producer Orrin Keepnews and the quality of his music immediately improved. With Hal Galper as the band’s keyboardist (he contributed three of the seven group originals to this LP), this version of the Quintet (actually Sextet with the addition of percussionist King Errison) was more jazz-oriented than previously while remaining modern and funky. (by Scott Yanow)

Julian “Cannonball” Adderley (saxophone)
Nat Adderley (cornet)
Walter Booker (bass)
King Errisson (percussion)
Hal Galper (piano)
Roy McCurdy (drums)

01. Introduction by Bill Hall, KDIA (San Francisco) 0.19
02. Inside Straight (J.Adderley/N.Adderley) 3.19
03. Saudade (Booker) 7.47
04. Inner Journey (Galper) 8.28
05. Snakin’ The Grass (Galper) 6.24
06.Five Of A Kind (N. Adderley) 5.27
07. Second Son (Galper) 6.26
08. The End (J.Adderley/N.Adderley) 1.13



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