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Album Review

In February 1959, Miles Davis' late-'50s sextet visited Chicago for an engagement at a club called the Sutherland Lounge. While they were in the Windy City, Davis sidemen Cannonball Adderley (alto sax), John Coltrane (tenor sax), Wynton Kelly (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), and Jimmy Cobb (drums) recorded this excellent session without the innovative trumpeter. It would be a mistake to think of The Cannonball Adderley Quintet in Chicago as a Miles Davis session without Miles Davis — nothing from Davis' repertoire is performed, and Adderley is in the driver's seat. However, you could say that Coltrane proves to be a most valuable co-pilot. In 1960, modal post-bop became Coltrane's primary direction, but in 1959 he was still playing hard bop — and the chordal approach serves the quintet well on a sweaty version of "Limehouse Blues" as well as pieces by Coltrane ("The Sleeper," "Grand Central") and Adderley ("Wabash"). Coltrane lays out on the ballad "Stars Fell on Alabama," while "You're a Weaver of Dreams" finds Adderley taking a break and letting Coltrane be the only horn player. Originally a vinyl LP, The Cannonball Adderley Quintet in Chicago was reissued on CD in 1999 with informative new liner notes by writer Carl Woideck.

Customer Reviews

Hard Bop Dream

Trane and Cannonball blow up a storm in the Windy City. This is a must for hard boppers. Peace.


This is the same album as "Cannonball and Coltrane." I'm not sure if this is a mistake or a reissue by another name but if you already have Cannonball and Coltrane then don't waste your money buying this!

the best

I recently picked up the vinyl of this album. I didnt even know that it had been issued before. It is a truly great work and showcases early Cannonball and Trane. A must for anyone interested in the evolution of these two giants


Born: September 15, 1928 in Tampa, FL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s

One of the great alto saxophonists, Cannonball Adderley had an exuberant and happy sound that communicated immediately to listeners. His intelligent presentation of his music (often explaining what he and his musicians were going to play) helped make him one of the most popular of all jazzmen. Adderley already had an established career as a high school band director in Florida when, during a 1955 visit to New York, he was persuaded to sit in with Oscar Pettiford's group at the Cafe Bohemia. His...
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