I am writing this in the hope
that when you do pick up this album in your favorite record
store, that you will take the opportunity to listen to a bit
of it. Just a couple of choruses by "CANNON BALL"
will be enough to assure you of his stature as a Jazzman.
This is not necessarily an introduction to "CANNON BALL"
as he was introduced on records via a previous album called
"BOHEMIA AFTER DARK," SAVOY MG-12017, which was
just released a week before this. If you've already heard
that album, you are sure to pick up this one also as here
"CANNON BALL" is given quite a bit more time to
express himself as this album features less horns, two, as
against four in the "BOHEMIA AFTER DARK" Album.
What I'm trying to say is that this is "CANNONBALL's"
date and, as a leader, he blows more solos than do his very
capable assistants. His brother, Nat, is blowing Cornet, yeah,
I said Cornet. It sounds like Trumpet, but I guess there is
a slight difference to a guy that blows Cornet. I don't think
I would guess which was the Trumpet or Cornet if I were given
a blindfold test. Could you?
Nat tells me he gets more facility
on Cornet that's why he made the change from Trumpet. Beside
blowing some of the most exciting Jazz today, Nat collaborated
with Julian on "SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION" and "STILL
TALKIN' TO YA." "A LITTLE TASTE" and "CARIBBEAN
CUTIE" are by Julian
Paul Chambers is the Bassist
on these sides and he's a joy to hear. This is a Detroit youngster
who will go a long way in our Jazz field (at this writing
he was 20 years old). He blows just as well whether he's pickin'
or bowing and his ideas are wonderful. He certainly is an
asset to this group.
What can I say about Hank Jones
and Kenny Clarke? I'm sure that by now you all know of their
talents and to compliment them again would only be repetitious.
For those of you that haven't yet realized their talents,
I can only suggest that you listen. We, at Savoy, are proud
that we are able to present another fine Jazz recording to
you, the Jazz Enthusiast, and we sincerely hope that this
will give you many, many hours of listening pleasure.
NOTES & SUPERVISION - OZZIE CADENA //
RUDY VAN GELDER - ENGINEER