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CD Reissue by PAIR Records ( Capitol) 

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Members of the Cannonball Adderley Quintet are as follows:

Cannonball Adderley - alto sax

Nat Adderley - trumpet

Joe Zawinul - piano

Herbie Lewis - bass

Roy McCurdy - drums


Arranger-conductor Ray Ellis brings a wealth of background to these recordings, having provided accompaniments for most of music's greater names. Some of his most memorable work has been on Lena Horne's recent recordings and on some of the last made by Billie Holiday.

Side One

SOMEWHERE  from 'West Side Story" Leonard Bernstein

THE SONG IS YOU Jerome Kern Oscar Hammerstein, 2nd

AUTUMN LEAVES Joseph Kosma Johnny Mercer

I CONCENTRATE ON YOU from "Broadway melody Of 1940" Cole Porter

THIS CAN'T BE LOVE from "The Boys From Syracuse"Richard Rodgers-Lorenz Hart


Side Two

STELLA BY STARLIGHT from "The Uninvited" Victor young-Ned Washington

MORNING OF THE CARNIVAL (Manha do Carnival) from "Black Orpheus" Luis Bonfa-Antonio Maria


SO IN LOVE from "Kiss Me Kate" Cole Porter

Cannonball Adderley and his men are out in full bodied force today: modern, inventive and totally exciting .

How about the strings? They're present and handsomely accounted for as a great new-style accompaniment to the soaring sounds of the Adderleys. (Note the brilliant blend of strings with soprano voices, harp, woodwind plus percussion) .They temper the high-flying moments with smooth punctuation, they sharpen the mellow phrasings with straight-forward statements .They're an asset on the credit side of the session report. And that takes care of "With Strings."

As one sage puts it, music like love is a feeling. When the feeling's real in either case, the whole world knows it. Once you hear the obvious and stunning reality of these great renderings you're bound to predict-that's precisely what's going to happen here. Each of the tunes chosen by the Quintet for this outing expresses the very essence of romance: the sun, the moon, the stars of it reflect in each richly melodic line. Each is, in a word, unforgettable.

Like the true musicians that they are, the Cannonball Adderley Quintet take it from there. What they come up with is unforgettable in its own right. There's the lush, Latin-textured charm of Morning Of The Carnival with the Adderley brothers - Cannonball on alto sax and Nat on trumpet - sharing the lead in warm, free-flowing camaraderie. Somewhere and Stella By Starlight glow with the alto sax magic of Cannonball in a romantic mood while So In Love swings with a buoyantly up-tempo sound that features a particularly outstanding chorus by Nat above the lyrical;'strings. Autumn Leaves stands brightly burnished by the Quintet's multicolored lines and the golden presence of the strings.

A special brand of jazz it is from first chorus to last . . the quintessence of all that is Adderley underscored, this time, by the tantalizing string formations of Ray Ellis.

Produced by TOM MORGAN