JULIAN CANNONBALL ADDERLEY alto sax
NAT ADDERLEY cornet
BOBBY TIMMONS piano
BARRY HARRIS piano **
SAM JONES bass
LOUIS HAYES drums
WORK SONG (5:07) [take 4] (Nat Adderley) ** Solo transcription
DAT DERE (5:29)
EASY LIVING (4:19) (Robin & Rainger) **
DEL SASSER (4:38) (Sam jones)
JEANNINE (7:15) (Duke Pearson) **
SOON (5:32) (George & ira Gershwin)
THEM DIRTY BLUES (7:10) (Julian Adderley) **
not on original LP Riverside 12-322
but on Landmark reissue LLP
8. DAT DERE (5:23) [take 3] (Bobby timmons)-previously inissued
9. WORK SONG (5:47) [take 3] -previously unissued Solo transcription
bonus Tracks on CD Essential Jazz
Classics EJC 55485
10.Work Song N. Adderley BMI 6:54
11.Stay On It T.Dameron/ D.
Gillespie ASCAP 7:40
12.Del Sasser Sam Jones 9:23
Side 1 #2 , #4 , and Side 2 #2 + Tracks #
8 , # 9
New York City on February 1,1960
Side 1 # 1 , # 3 and Side 2 # 1 ,# 3
Tracks # 10, # 11 # 12
recorded in Newport Jazz Festival , March 30 ,1960
"Them Dirty Blues," which is CANNONBALL AD-DERLEY's name for the deep-down number that closes this LP, is also a completely apt and highly descriptive title for this second album by Adderley's sensational quintet. For the soulful spirit of the blues—the real, low, wonderfully emotion-stirring, and downright dirty blues that has always been and always will be the bedrock of jazz—is the basic message of this group. Which is certainly one important reason for the breathtaking surge of popular approval that carried the band, within a few short months after its formation in mid-1959, to a position well up in the front ranks of current jazz.
To say that this LP equals or perhaps even surpases the group's first album in excitement, happy warmth, sheer talent, and 'soul' is to claim a great deal for it. Because that initial album, recorded very shortly after the band came into existence, proved to be one of the most talked-about, listened-to, fast-selling, and enjoyed jazz albums ever. But there need be no hesitation about making the comparison: with the added months of almost constantly working together, the group seems to have become even more close-knit and cohesive, without losing any of the spontaneous fire and drive that characterized their remarkable debut effort.
The principal guiding force here is of course Julian Adderley—"Cannonball"—the Florida-born alto sax star who, until he launched this quintet, had probably been best known through his year and a half as a featured member of the Miles Davis Sextet. Cannonball, in addition to his truly awesome ability as a jazz
improvisor, possesses one of the most naturally warm, articulate, and appealing personalities in or out of music. It can be heard in his playing and is, I think, one key to his vast success. (And it has also caused him to become a truly daring innovator among band-leaders: one who in his club appearances, actually talks to the audience, lets them know what is going on, makes them feel welcome, and makes them like him!)
The fact that Cannonball and the other horn in the group mesh together so wonderfully well cannot be credited entirely to the fact that he and Nat Adderley are brothers (as I'm sure lots of people with brothers will grant). It is rather that they also happen to be soul-brothers, with a musical togetherness that is partly instinctive and partly acquired through long mutual playing and living experience.
After Cannonball broke up his first group at the end of 1957, Julian and Nat temporarily took separate paths, and Nat's firm, fervent and increasingly individual cornet style was spotlighted with first J. J. Johnson and later Woody Herman. This turned out to be for Nat a period of rich, remarkable and swift growth and realization of potential. Consequently, when he rejoined Julian in the new quintet there was (as a goodly number of people have learned, and as more and more are discovering all the time) no longer any danger of his being thought of merely as "the other
Adderley," or of being overshadowed even by the formidable talents of Cannonball.
Bassist Sam Jones, also a Floridian, has known the brothers closely for many years. He too was in Cannon-ball's previous band, and has built a reputation as one of the finest and most solid of rhythm men by his work with such as Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie. His teammate, Lou Hayes, was for three years Horace Silver's invaluable anchor man.
There has of course been one personnel change in the quintet since it got under way. Bobby Timmons, the phenomenally funky pianist whose gospel-tinged This Here was a most important factor in the success of the first album, made the decision early in 1960 to return to Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, the group he had left the year before to be in on the start of the Adderley band.
Timmons was on hand for the first session of this LP, in New York, at which Del
Sasser, Soon, and his own Dat Dere were recorded. Then came the amicable split, after which Cannonball immediately called upon Barry Harris, the swinging and lyrical Detroit pianist. Barry, who has long been highly touted by the many jazz stars who have come out of that city in recent years, has for just about as long been reluctant to leave Detroit for the rigors of the road. But he answered Cannonball's call, and proceeded to fit into the situation with startling speed and smoothness (as his work here attests).
As soon as things had fully jelled, we caught up with the band in Chicago for a final session. Recorded then were Cannonball's sensitive ballad treatment of the standard Easy Living, and three notable examples of the quintet's earthy 'soul' groove: the loose-limbed title blues; a wonderfully flowing Duke Pearson number called Jean-nine; and Nat's surging masterpiece of funk, Work Song. (The latter tune has also been recorded on Riverside as the title number in the cornetist's own album featuring Sam Jones on cello and guitarist Wes Montgomery—a strikingly different but equally compelling version.)
. . . And if these notes suggest that I am somewhat less than objective in my affection for this band, that's only because that's exactly the way it is and has been ever since I first heard them. But if you've been listening to them, chances are you feel the same way, too. . . .