Introducing Nat Adderley
Little Joanie Walks
I Should Care
New Arrivals Sun Dance
Blues for Bohemia
Nat Adderley - Cornet , Cannonball Adderley - Alto, Horace
Silver - Piano, Paul Chambers - Bass, Roy Haynes
In 1955 Nat and Cannonball Adderley were a couple of country boys from Florida,
who had arrived in New York to further their already considerable musical
education. They sat in on a session at the Café Bohemia in Greenwich
Village and it was obvious to everyone present, that here were two future
stars of the jazz world. On this their first album, they were fortunate to
have what was probably the best rhythm section around at that time. Horace
Silver went on to lead one of the most famous Quintets in jazz and Paul Chambers
and Roy Haynes, were both recognised as being the best around at that time.
Even more remarkably, all the compositions on the album are originals by
the brothers, only 'I should care', the Paul Weston and Axel Stordahl tune,
is not their own work.
I have to confess a great liking for this era of jazz, where you did not
need a PhD in music to fathom out what was going on. The music is well played
by men with a perfect mastery of their instruments and that flair for collective
improvisation, which is the essence of jazz
Nat Adderley played Cornet whilst all his peers played trumpet, it gave him
a mellow sound which probably suited his personality, Julian "Cannonball"
was the flamboyant one. Unfortunately neither of the brothers is alive, but
the legacy they have left behind in the many records they made will ensure
that they are not forgotten.
Don Mather is a Saxophone player and Bandleader in Coventry