Friday, February 3, 2012

Today in 1959: Cannonball & Coltrane is Released

On February 3, 1959, the Miles Davis Sextet, minus Miles, released an album as the Cannonball Adderley Quintet in Chicago, later reissued as Cannonball and Coltrane; interestingly, this album was recorded a month before the sessions of Davis' "Kind of Blue".


1. "Limehouse Blues"
2. "Stars Fell on Alabama"
3. "Wabash"
4. "Grand Central"
5. "You're a Weaver of Dreams"
6. "The Sleeper"


Cannonball Adderley - Alto Sax
John Coltrane - Tenor Sax
Wynton Kelly - Piano
Paul Chambers - Bass
Jimmy Cobb - Drums

It's a showcase of stylistic differences of each sax player; Cannonball as the concise heavy hitter and Coltrane as the chaotic explorer.

The sounds are moving away of the hard-bop idioms slowly and it's evident upon the release of "Kind of Blue" that there was no going back.

Here's a laid back bluesy number of the album, written by Coltrane:

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