Produced by DAVID AXELROD
Fiddler on the Roof is (1)
the longest-running, most-beloved musical in Broadway history,
(2) a smash motion picture directed by Norman Jewison and
starring the Israeli-actor Topol, and (3) now an exceptional-if
surprising -jazz vehicle for Cannonball Adderley.
Not surprisingly, the
unpredictable Cannon performs the warm, uplifting Sheldon
Harnick-Jerry Bock score with style and sentiment, and a lot of
help from his extremely talented friends-namely, Nat Adderley,
Charles Lloyd, Joe Zawinul, Sam Jones and Louis Hayes.
It is rather improper to single
out certain tracks and solo performances for special praise.
Instead, the entire album should be enjoyed-as an exciting
marriage of superb material, fragrant mood and riveting artistry.
Titles of three selections in this
package do, however, require explanation.Fiddler on the Roof in
the show itself is also called Tradition. The
Bolero-tempered Chavalah is strictly a dance sequence in
the show, and does not appear in the original cast recording.
Cannon, however, found it perfect in the context of this
recording. Sewing Machine was deleted prior to the
Broadway opening, but Cannon liked it so much he felt that it too
should be included on this date.