1 -Rumpelstiltskin 9:29 (Zawinul)
2 - Sweet Emma 4:32 (N.
3 - Somewhere 4:56 (L.
4 - Why Am I Treated So Bad ? 8:13 (C.Adderley)
5 - The Painted Desert 10:19 (Zawinul)
6 - Oh Babe 6:08
7 -Blue and Boogie 9:17 (D.Gillespie)
8 - Walk Tall 2:13 (Zawinul)
9 - Work Song 5:07 (N.Adderley)
Recorded Live at Liederhalle
Stuttgart on March 20 , 1969
Spirits from the South
Adderley achieved immortality in the Miles Davis Quintet with Kind of
Blue - and his Something Else is possibly the best of the Blue Note
albums. That was the late 1950s. Ten years later Adderley was touring
Europe with his own quintet and gave a performance at Stuttgart's
Liederhalle. Even during the soundcheck the musicians must have sensed
the concert hall's unique atmosphere; that evening would go down as a
landmark performance. From soul jazz and blues (Sweet Emma, Why Am I
Treated So Bad), to free-form contemporariness (Somewhere) and
lollipops infused with canny com-merciality (Work Song, Walk Tall), the
listener is treated here to the sublime art of the quintet - even at a
time when that classic bebop formation was already on the wane.
And then there is Zawinul! If truth be told, it was his concert. A
jet-black figure at the keyboard (Oh Babe), swinging and quirky on the
piano (Rumpelstiltskin, The Painted Desert). A kobold stoking the
flames - as if trying to shed the state of hypnosis that had gripped
him a month earlier while recording In A Silent Way. Something stopped
to make way for the new. Things Are Getting Better. The following year
saw the Adderley Brothers big band collages and world music. Zawinul
formed Weather Report and stormed to worldwide celebrity. But the
concert of March 1969 remains: the legacy of a unique quintet. Soulful
and swinging, a timeless classic even today.