Cannonball Adderley Quintet in Chicago

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Cannonball Adderley Quintet in Chicago
Studio album by Cannonball Adderley
Released 1959
Recorded February 3, 1959
Universal Recorders Studio B, Chicago
Genre Jazz
Length 34:01
Label Mercury
MG 20449
Producer Jack Tracy
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Cannonball Adderley Quintet in Chicago
Alternative cover
Cannonball & Coltrane (1964, LM 82009)

Cannonball Adderley Quintet in Chicago (later released as Cannonball & Coltrane in 1964, on Limelight) is an album by jazz saxophonist Cannonball Adderley, his final release on the Mercury label, featuring performances by Adderley with John Coltrane, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb.[1]

With Bill Evans substituting for Wynton Kelly on most tracks, these musicians would record the classic album Kind of Blue (1959), with regular employer Miles Davis, shortly after this session.[1]

Reception and context[edit]

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4½ stars and states "Altoist Cannonball Adderley and tenor saxophonist John Coltrane really push each other on these six selections... Coltrane's very serious sound is a striking contrast to the jubilant Adderley alto... With pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Jimmy Cobb playing up to their usual level, this gem is highly recommended".[2] The Penguin Guide to Jazz awarded the album 3 stars asserting: "The session with Coltrane is really the Miles Davis band without Miles and it's a bit of good fun, both hornmen flexing their muscles on the blues and a ballad feature apiece".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz 3/4 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Limehouse Blues" (Philip Braham, Douglas Furber) - 4:40
  2. "Stars Fell on Alabama" (Mitchell Parish, Frank Perkins) - 6:15
  3. "Wabash" (Adderley) - 5:46
  4. "Grand Central" (Coltrane) - 4:33
  5. "You're a Weaver of Dreams" (Jack Elliott, Victor Young) - 5:34
  6. "The Sleeper" (Coltrane) - 7:13



  1. ^ a b Cannonball Adderley discography accessed 19 October 2009
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed 19 October 2009
  3. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2006) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (8th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 9. ISBN 978-0-141-02327-4. 
  4. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 5. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.