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Album Review

This CD reissues two complete LPs from near the beginning of altoist Cannonball Adderley's career. The first session is quite unusual for Adderley (who was completely unknown just a few months earlier) was given a very early opportunity to record with strings. He sounds fine on 11 standards and Terry Gibbs' "Lonely Dreams" but mostly sticks near the melody while Richard Hayman's Orchestra sounds rather anonymous. The 1958 sessions finds him performing ten songs from the early-'40s Duke Ellington show "Jump for Joy" (including "Just Squeeze Me," "I Got It Bad," and "Jump for Joy") while accompanied by a string quartet, a rhythm section, and trumpeter Emmett Berry; Bill Russo provided the generally stimulating arrangements. The formerly rare music on this CD is enjoyable but not as essential as Adderley's slightly later Riverside albums.

Customer Reviews

Not just stringing along

The "with strings" concept was very popular in the 1950s. The best-known are Charlie Parker with strings, Chet Baker, Clifford Brown and many others. "Cannonball Adderly with Strings" (1955) is only the saxophonist's second album and with orchestra leader Richard Hayman takes a departure from the traditional approach. Wherein the string section merely provides support for the soloist, this orchestra provides an interplay, call-and-response, more like a jam session. The first tracks of "Great American" standards is rather traditional, highly commercial. But I was totally blown away by the creativity between Cannonball and the orchestra with the Ellington songs from the 1943 musical "Jump for Joy." It's like the dessert after dinner. Enjoy it!


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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And Strings / Jump for Joy, Cannonball Adderley
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  • $15.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, R&B/Soul, Hard Bop
  • Released: Jan 01, 1995

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