3 December 2006

CANNONBALL ADDERLEY QUINTET - COUNTRY PREACHER






















Axelrod at the controls again- although he does not get credited on the cover he shared the production duties on this with the Adderley brothers.This one's for Kristof.

Julian "Cannonball" Adderley's 1969 album COUNTRY PREACHER is not only one of his best works but one of the pinnacles of the entire soul-jazz movement. Though Yusef Lateef, Herbie Mann, Jimmy Smith, and others made outstanding records in this under-appreciated sub-genre, COUNTRY PREACHER is the album that delivers all of the strengths of soul jazz with few of its weaknesses.A stellar combo, featuring Adderley's cornetist brother Nat, standout electric pianist Joe Zawinul, and the killer rhythm section of bassist Walter Booker and drummer Roy McCurdy, gives Adderley's alto and, unusually for him, soprano sax just the sort of groove-oriented, percussive setting his hard-edged and intense sound needs. The gospel-based titled track is wonderful, but "Afro-Spanish Omelette", a medley of Caribbean-style workouts, is one of the highlights of Adderley's entire career.

9 comments:

vesper said...

any axelrod post makes my day!!!

xmnr0x23 said...

Haha.... Thank you, my dear friend!!!! I bless the day I came across this blog. I don't think you realize how much you've done for me on a musical level.

Thanks :)

xmnr0x23 said...

Every time I hear "Walk Tall", it makes me feel good inside. I play this at loud, real LOUD volume in your honour!

Spinning said...

Hi bacoso,

I like the background very much, but the red text is *very* hard to read - contrast is bad. (Just a thought!)

Best!

Max said...

This one AND "Inside Straight" are both excellent stuff! Thanks so much for posting. I don't know how I managed to miss both of these great Cannonball releases over the years, but it's a real treat to hear them now!

I would like to reciprocate. Can I send you a link for something you might like?

(Hope this note doesn't appear twice. Something funny happened the first try)

zardoz1984 said...

How those great Cannonball's have escaped my sound-radar for such a long time ? Mystery, but thx to you, Bacoso, the damage is fixed. Cheers!

Gejzirke said...

Thank you again ,dudey :-)

Gordan said...

Great album, congrats for posting this...
... however, could you re-upload the album because it's no longer available

thanks, peace!

Simon666 said...

re-up

http://www.adrive.com/public/UgMZNr/CanonAddrly-CountPreach.zip