Cannonball Adderley Quintet – Accent On Africa (1968)

frontcover1Accent on Africa is an album by jazz saxophonist Cannonball Adderley recorded in 1968 for the Capitol label featuring performances by Adderley with Nat Adderley and unidentified percussion section, vocalists, and big band.(by wikipedia)

Though labeled as a Cannonball Adderley Quintet session, this is actually a workout with a percussion section loaded with African drums, a big band, and in spots, voices — all unidentified. Nevertheless, this is one of the best and most overlooked of the Cannonball Adderley Capitols, a rumbling session that bursts with the joy of working in an unfamiliar yet vital rhythmic context. Cannonball turns in one of his swinging-est solos through a Varitone electronic attachment on Caiphus Semenya’s “Gumba Gumba” and “Marabi” is a real hip-jiggler; you can’t sit still through it. Other highlights include Cannon preaching blue smoke in his own Afro-Cuban-blues-flavored “Hamba Nami,” a dignified trip through Wes Montgomery’s “Up and At It,” and Nat Adderley’s commanding work on cornet at all times. (by Richard S. Ginell)


Cannonball Adderley (saxophone, varitone)
Nat Adderley (cornet)
a bunch of unknown musicians


01. Ndo Lima (Zawinul) 3.48
02. Hamba Nami (C.Adderley) 3.32
03. Khutsana (C.Adderley)  3.58
04. Up And At It (Montgomery) – 3:36
05. Gumba (C.Adderley) 5.25
06. Marabi (C.Adderley) 2.50
07. Gun-Jah (C.Adderley) 4.16
08. Lemadima (C.Adderley) 3.38




Cannonball Adderley Quintet – Vienna (1972)

FrontCover1From the Miles Davis sextet in 1959 to appearing on the Kung Fu TV series in 1975; and even getting a tribute by Joe Zawinul on Weather Report’s Black Market album, that’s a big arch for anyone, but probably all in a day’s work for Cannonball Adderley.

This is a fine electric jazz show from a finely-honed unit. Keyboardist George Duke has some stellar moments on Black Messiah while Cannonball’s brother, Nat, gets to shine on Hummin’. Meanwhile, Soli Tomba entrances with its Asian feel. For those not familiar with this show (seems well circulated among Cannonball fans), you will be easily tempted to leave it on repeat mode.

Recorded live at the Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria; November 4, 1972.
Very good FM broadcast.


Cannonball Adderley (saxophone)
Nat Adderley (cornet)
Walter Booker (bass)
George Duke (piano)
Roy McCurdy (drums)

01. Band introduction by Kurt Votava 0.39
02. Black Messiah (Duke) 19.16
03. Hummin’ (N.Adderley) 10.03
04. Soli Tomba (Booker) 5.17
05. Directions (Zawinul) 4.35
06. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (Zawinul) 3.18
07. The Scene (N.Adderley/Zawinul) 0.55



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