26.5.06

CANNONBALL ADDERLEY - THE BLACK MESSIAH
















Here's my 100th album post - I've seen a few requests for this on my own blog and others so I finally got round to ripping and upping it.As you are probably aware its yet another David Axelrod production so the quality is guaranteed !!!

Still immersed in the burgeoning electronic jazz-rock explosion of the times, Cannonball Adderley goes further toward a rapprochement with the rock and soul audiences than ever before on this fascinating, overlooked double album. For starters, he recorded it live at West Hollywood's Troubadour club, then known as a showcase for folk and rock acts. He also imported additional players into his quintet, expanding into exotic percussion effects with Airto Moreira (whom Miles Davis had previously featured), hard rock guitar with sessionman Mike Deasy, fiery tenor sax from the young Ernie Watts, and occasional seasoning from conguero Buck Clarke and clarinetist Alvin Batiste. "Now I don't give a damn whether you can count or not, we still are the Cannonball Adderley Quintet!," quoth the leader, who is in loose, loquacious form throughout the set (the jazz world badly misses his witty verbal intros). With Joe Zawinul now flying off to Weather Report, his replacement is an even more electronically minded pianist, George Duke, who levitates into the outer limits with his Echoplex and ring modulator and proves to be a solid comper. But Zawinul is not forgotten, for the band pursues a long, probing, atmospheric excursion on his tune, "Dr. Honouris Causa." Adderley generously gives Deasy two contrasting feature numbers -- "Little Benny Hen," a raucous, amateurishly sung blues/rock piece, and "Zanek," a great countrified tune with an avant-garde freakout at the climax -- and all of the other guests save Clarke get single solo features. Brother Nat Adderley gamely visits the outside on cornet while Cannonball doubles with increasing adventurousness on soprano and alto and bassist Walter Booker and drummer Roy McCurdy deftly handle all of the changes of style. Cannonball adeptly keeps pace with Miles Davis, his former boss - the driving "The Chocolate Nuisance" could easily be a first cousin of "Pharoah's Dance" on Bitches Brew - while not abandoning his funky soul-jazz base nor the special audience-friendly ambience of his concerts. Unlike Adderley's other two-for-one-priced double albums of the '70s, this one was inexplicably sold at full price, which probably limited its sales and might partly explain why it remains surprisingly hard to find in used LP bins. Surprisingly enough this has never made a cd issue.

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20 comments:

bacoso said...

2 files to down load lp1 & lp2

http://rapidshare.de/files/21107288/THE_BLACK_MESSIAH_1.rar.html


http://rapidshare.de/files/21127910/THE_BLACK_MESSIAH_2.rar.html

xmnr0x23 said...

Just finished collecting all Axe material I have, nice and tidy on a disc in mp3 now, and yet another gem to make the list more complete. Thank you, thank you _very_ much!

xmnr0x23 said...

Hey... There's some Tribe Called Quest samples in there! Nice :)

bacoso said...

and theres more axe following in the coming weeks!!

xmnr0x23 said...

Almost sounds too good to be true :) I'll be stalking this blog then! Bacoso, is there a way of getting in touch? Don't see an e-mail address somewhere. If not, no problem, I respect your privacy...

NiceGuy Eddie said...

Great lp. Good post.

One,

Jigsaw
dust to dust

rootstrata said...

A stellar posting, and a perfect way to commemorate the Big 100. You're right, it's not so easy to find in the crates-- I've been itchin' to hear this one for many years. Thanks for the share!

heiku

Matt Suidan said...

yeah man i couldn't think of a better way to hit 100. i've been looking for this for a WHILE! big ups

xmnr0x23 said...

So I'll take your silence as a 'no' then!

bacoso said...

xmnr0x23
if you dont mind leaving your email address in this comments box i'll respond to it - how's that ???

Rob G. said...

Oh man. My vinyl of this is beat to hell, so I'm looking forward to finally hearing this without major sections skipping. LOL

Thanks.

acoustiss said...

Thanks, got the first part a few weeks ago, wonderful. Looking forward to hearing the second. You have some great stuff here.

Gyula said...

eeeh, lots of awesome CDs like this Adderley (The Black Messiah) or all the Pharoah classics - but all is dead by now ... :(

Any chance that someone could reload them?

bacoso said...

cds??????most of these are vinyl rips!I will reup this some time soon

pusigabato said...

I must ask you a question.
Why don't you put the tracks in right order like on LP?

bacoso said...
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bacoso said...

pusigabato - the tracks are numbered as on the lp and in order.If your download is out of sequence try changing the settings on your media player to play the trscks in sequence-its that simple.

Proudfoot said...

I have been looking for this album for years. I spun it on a community radio station about 17 years ago and looked for it on CD.

Thanks for posting it. My only copy of one of the songs (Black Messiah) was on an old TDK audio cassette.

Regards,

Proudfoot

Young said...

Please re-up! Thnx

Nathan said...

Hi Bacoso. Great blog man! Do you have a back scan of this album? I would GREATLY appreciate it for the art and tracks.

Thanks,
-ndhjazz