Know What I Mean?

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Know What I Mean?
Studio album by Cannonball Adderley with Bill Evans
Released 1961
Recorded January 27, February 21, March 13, 1961
Bell Sound Studios, New York City
Genre Soul jazz
Hard bop
Length 53:00
Label Riverside
Producer Orrin Keepnews
Cannonball Adderley chronology
The Cannonball Adderley Quintet at the Lighthouse
Know What I Mean?
African Waltz

Know What I Mean? is a 1961 album by jazz musician Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, accompanied by Bill Evans and the rhythm section of the Modern Jazz Quartet. It was released on Riverside label as RLP-433.

Barely noticeable on the album cover is a small picture of Bill Evans, directly underneath the sculpture to Adderley's right.


The Allmusic review by Rick Anderson awarded the album 4 stars and states "It's hard to imagine any fan of mainstream jazz not finding much to love on this very fine recording".[1] The Penguin Guide to Jazz awarded the album 3 stars out of 4 stating "'The quartet date with Bill Evans was one of the last chances to hear him as sole horn, and he sounds fine".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz 3/4 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Waltz for Debby" (Bill Evans, Gene Lees) – 5:15
  2. "Goodbye" (Gordon Jenkins) – 6:15
  3. "Who Cares?" (Take 5) (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 5:57
  4. "Who Cares?" (Take 4) – 5:55
  5. "Venice" (John Lewis) – 2:55
  6. "Toy" (Clifford Jordan) – 5:09
  7. "Elsa" (Earl Zindars) – 5:52
  8. "Nancy (With the Laughing Face)" (Phil Silvers, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 4:08
  9. "Know What I Mean?" (Re-take 7) (Evans) – 4:54
  10. "Know What I Mean?" (Take 12) – 7:01

Tracks 2, 3, 8 recorded on January 27, 1961; tracks 6 and 7 on February 21; tracks 1, 5 and 9 recorded on March 13, 1961.


Production staff[edit]

  • Bill Stoddard - Recording Engineer
  • Ken Deardoff - album design


  1. ^ a b Anderson, S. Allmusic Review accessed February 22, 2013
  2. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2006) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (8th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 10. ISBN 978-0-141-02327-4.