Some will try to make you believe a
fairytale that a 26 year old high school teacher ,in NY to do
graduate work over the summer, can earn the mantle of Charlie
Parker in a single solo, obtain a prestigious gig in two days,
secure a record sate in a week, become a star in a month, and
remain a legend forever. This is the storybook tale of Julian
Cannonball Adderley, and overnight sensation and a lasting
success and here it's by his brother Nat:
"Great night ! We'd just
came into town because my brother was going to do some work
at NY University. He was gonna work on his masters. And we
went down, the first night, to Cafe Bohemia ..... Oscar
Pettiford was playing. I think Jerome Richardson was the
saxophone player and he had a record date, so Oscar Pettiford
asked Charlie Rouse if he would like to play with them. Rouse
said he didn't have a horn and Pettiford said :" There's
a dude over with an alto. Go borrow his horn ." Rouse
came over to Cannonball and he recognized him for a session
they did in Florida. He said :" Hey, what are you doin'
in town ? ". Cannonball said :" I'm going to
school" . Rouse :" Do you want to sit in ?"
and Cannonball said :" Sure ! " . Rouse went back
and told Oscar Pettiford :" This dude doesn't want to
let me use his horn. He said he wants to play himself. Well,
he called him up to get rid of him and Cannonball sailed throughout the first couple of tunes and then I went up and
played and two nights later, we had a job with that thing.
Sounds like some movie stuff but that's they way it really
For the record, that special night
was Sunday June 19, 1955. Cannonball began work at the Cafe
Bohemia on Tuesday June 21,1955 . He made his first recording
with his new associates on Tuesday June 28,1955 on Savoy (not
6/26/55 which has been listed. ) For that same label, Cannonball
Adderley cut his first LP as a leader on Thursday July 14,1955.
It is the historic sessions, that treaded a larger audience to
the sensation of his performance debut.
This is the way the jazz world met
Cannonball Adderley . If you're digging him for the first time,
then you're recreating that initial reaction of the 1955 jazz
If you're already familiar with the
originally issued material (Savoy : MG 12017, MG 12018 , SJC 401
, SJL 2206 ) Then this package holds the larger treat of
alternates takes , all never before released ! This
allows the true study of the master players : a listening to
their improvisations performed on the same thematic-harmonic
material just minutes apart.
With the uncovering of these
unlisted entries from his first session and his first as a leader
we find Cannonball Adderley to be in the front line of "
from scratch" improvisators . Too many of jazz's major players
(Armstrong , Beiderbecke ,Coltrane , Gillespie ,Powell and
Rollins come quickly to mind ) are undocumented in this fashion .
Nat Adderley quote: 10/12/84 interview with Phil Schaap