The mood was one of
Adderley Quintet's single, "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy!"
had already exceeded 600,000 sales, and was on its
way to an inevitable million. The album of the same
title had racked up a phenomenal first-day sale. The
music press was calling "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" the
"Big" jazz hit of the year.
Now they were gathered
together to record a follow-up album, and it was
obviously headed for similar surpassing distinction.
Caught up in the fine, rare, true exhilaration of a
singular success, Cannonball and his Quintet opened
up for their "live" audience in Hollywood a bagful
of all their best new goodies:
"Why Am I
Treated So Bad" a subtly-rocking,
bluesy, compelling composition in the great "Mercy,
Mercy, Mercy" groove... "Mini Mama"
a new and perfect vehicle for Giant-sized Papa
performing by Cannonball, Nat Adderley, and Joe
Zawinul at their extroverted best...
"I'm On My
Way" outstanding musically, and
also a standout item for one other very special
reason. As Cannonball explained it to the crowd,
"This is a composition by Nat Adderley. Not my
brother Nat Adderley - his son, Nat Adderley the
piano player. Little Nat is a fine musician and he's
eleven years old. You won't believe it when you hear
it. He wrote this composition and
the arrangement for our band"
Two great Joe Zawinul
Newk" which spotlights the
Austrian pianist himself, unravelling a series of
knotty keyboard figurations. And "Yvette"
a haunting poem for Cannonball and
Nat, lushly flavored with Ellingtonian colorations.
Plus Nat and Joe's collaborative effort "The
Scene" and Nat's own new
composition "The Other Side,"
which Cannonball describes as "designed to appease
the sentiments of the extraordinary hippy." In it,
Cannonball's alto slices richly through the ozone,
and sets down a sax chorus so earthy it may well
call down the wrath of both the anti -pornography
agencies and the smog-control people.
For all those new
disciples who've been pleading for more "Mercy!"
well, mercy, mercy, mercy, here it is. It's the same
great Quintet: Cannonball and Nat Adderley on the
horns, Josef Zawinul on piano and electric piano,
Vic Gaskin on bass, and Roy Mc Curdy on percussion.
As Chicago deejay E. Rodney Jones wrote of them in
his notes for their last album, "That Quintet is
five giants, all climbing up the beanstalk at once
!" Here they are again, in shouting form at the peak
of their sensational new success. They lay down
enough great jazz to satisfy the most insatiable
Produced by DAVID