Label: American Jazz Classics - 99001 • Format: CD Album, Reissue, Stereo • Country: US • Genre: Jazz • Style: Soul-Jazz, Bop
Dameron 2. Fuller Julian Cannonball Adderley* - Cannonballs Sharpshooters . Dameron 6. Hammerstein 7. Monk 8. When Julian Adderley charges into an up-tempo chorus you can hear those drivers roll. Nevertheless, the Tampa Cannonballas a term distinguished from the Wabash wailer, has nothing to do with the surge of saxophone, much less with the rumble of rolling stock high-bailing it through the clean, well-adjusted American night.
The Tampa-born altoist was in high school in Tallahasee when the drummer of a band they had-seeing what a noble trencherman the maestro was and having no acquaintance Kintestu - Various - Rippers And Creepers, Vol. 1 bona fide cannibals but a fine ear Stylized Corpse - Darkthrone - Circle The Wagons phonetics-dubbed Julian "Can-E-ball".
This mispronunciationlike a strange word introduced into a foreign tongue, was promptly twisted into whet it should have been all along. In effect, it describes one of the most forceful saxophone styles in jazz today. Cannonball perfected his style by listening to tenor saxophone players. He cited as examples, Hawk, Webster, Pres, Chu Berry, and Don Byas and then said, " I guess it was altered a bit with the realization that there was a Charlie Parker - as a kid I used to copy his solos - but not in deliberate emulation of him.
Like Hawk and Coldborn - Lingering Voidwards mainstreamers he has a way of blowing and phrasing that combines definition attack with fluidity; these passages are contrasted to slower, more legato ones.
But there are many other facets to his style. For example, he'll purposely smear runs of notes and the effect is like tone clusters. Or take the lovely tone of his alto on What's Newwhere he creates an ornate, even baroque, structure. Beautifully played, and very ballad, with the swing strongly felt, though not in the forefront.
The brothers Adderley come of a musical family-their father was a jazz cornetist -and during high school years Julian studied brass and reed instruments with Leander Kirksey, who Julian Cannonball Adderley* - Cannonballs Sharpshooters music at Florida A.
Kirksey had worked with such Florida bands as those of Eagle-eye Shields and Alonzo Ross-in both of which Cootie Williams and Edmond Hall played at various times-and he could play almost all instruments, including double reeds.
Recalling that his early jazz interest was stimulated both by records and live performances, he said, "Bands-Henderson, Kirk, Lunceford, and others-used to come through on tour and there were some pretty good Florida bands-the Sunset Royal Entertainers-Dad played with them-Smiling Billy Stewart and C.
Belton's Syncopators. Julian became band director at Dillard high school, Fort Lauderdale, in and was there until and Julian Cannonball Adderley* - Cannonballs Sharpshooters for a time after he got out of service. While with the 36th Army band from to he led the dance band. During this period both he and Nat studied at the U.
Naval Academy of Music, Washington, D. Off-duty, Julian played with local groups. On assignment at Fort Knox where he taught in the band training unit, he also played with a combo. As Julian Cannonball Adderley* - Cannonballs Sharpshooters as being a composer and arranger, Julian plays several instruments. He led his own group, off and on, from to ' Recognition-the kind that counts for jazzmen- came his way when he sat in with Oscar Pettiford at the Cafe Bohemia NYC in the summer of Following that, the group that made this album won increasing attention, especially as it was noted that both Julian and Nat had something going.
Speaking of his brother Nat-who was sitting right next to him-Julian grinned amiably and said, "I think he's one of the great trumpet players-certainly one of the most underrated.
However, I'll say this, all the good trumpet players know where it is, they know him well! Asked how his music related to modem jazz stemming from bop, Julian replied with a touch of humor, "There's a kinship-let's say it's an orderly chronological evolution.
There are some jazz performers who are trying to lead it to the concert hall and a common ground with classical music. However-the best way I know how to say how I feel about it-I don't think Buddy Bolden would dig that too much. Having consumed a light snack consisting of two huge corn-beef sandwiches, the trencherman from Tampa took a swig of coke and added thoughtfully, "I don't consider myself a reactionary as far as jazz is concerned- I'm a mainstream man, that's all.
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