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June 7, 2019

Cannonball Adderley

Swingin’ in Seattle
Reel to Real RTR CD001

Piling into the aural time machine that is Swingin’ in Seattle you can arrive at a time in 1966/1967 when Jazz still had a claim on being a popular music and nightclubs all over the world flourished presenting the music. At least that’s what you hear on the 71-minute newly issued session recorded live at Seattle’s The Penthouse club.

Centre of the proceedings is alto saxophonist Julian Cannonball Adderley (1928-1975), who at this juncture was as popular as any Jazz player could be without being a superstar. With a major label contract and Jazz hits like “Sack o’Woe”, “Jive Samba” and “African Waltz” behind him, his most recent combo configuration at the time included a group of outstanding players and composers. Besides the unbeatable rhythm team of drummer Roy McCurdy and bassist Victor Gaskin, there was Adderely’s brother, Nat Adderley, whose “Work Song” would make lots of money for himself and Herb Alpert; and pianist Joe Zawinul, whose “Mercy Mercy” would soon make him and Adderley even better known, and who went on to help birth Fusion as the co-leader of Weather Report. MORE