12 November 2006
THE CANNONBALL ADDERLEY QUINTET - INSIDE STRAIGHT
Well lookie here - yet another album with Mr. Axelrod at the mixing desk !
After seven years with Capitol, Cannonball Adderley switched labels to Fantasy in 1973 where he reunited with Orrin Keepnews and the quality of his music immediately improved.David Axelrod shared the production credits with Cannonball on this one and it was recorded live in the studio with a small audience of friends,press,djs and Fantasy staff . With Hal Galper as the band's keyboardist (he contributed three of the seven group originals to this LP), this version of the Quintet (actually Sextet with the addition of percussionist King Errison) was more jazz-oriented than previously while remaining modern and funky.
Some great compositions on this including the break heavy "Snakin' The Grass"and"Inside Straight"the lilting latin of"Saudade" and "Inner Journey" and the terrific"Second Son".
This made a cd reissue as part of Fantasy's OJC series in 1992 and it's still in print.