The Cannonball Adderley Quintet in San Francisco

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The Cannonball Adderley Quintet in San Francisco
Live album by The Cannonball Adderley Quintet
Released 1959
Recorded October 18 & 20, 1959
The Jazz Workshop, San Francisco
Genre Jazz
Length 60:32 excluding alt. takes
Label Riverside
RLP 12-311
Producer Orrin Keepnews
The Cannonball Adderley Quintet chronology
Cannonball Takes Charge
(1959)
The Cannonball Adderley Quintet in San Francisco
(1959)
Them Dirty Blues
(1960)

The Cannonball Adderley Quintet in San Francisco is a 1959 album by The Cannonball Adderley Quintet.

The groundbreaking album launched "soul jazz", according to NPR, bridging "the gap between bebop and funk".[1][2] Originally released by Riverside Records, the album has been reissued on CD several times since 1991 by Riverside and OJC. Remastered versions of the album include extended cuts of several of the songs on the original, including the retitled "(A Few Words by Cannonball...And) This Here".[3][4]

Background[edit]

The album was recorded at The Jazz Workshop in San Francisco before an appreciative standing room only crowd.[5] The album broke new ground as a live recording taped in noisy club environments,[5] creating a formula which not only the Cannonball Quintet but other jazz ensembles would follow.[6] Producer Keepnews reflected that it "was such a phenomenal success that not only did I do a lot of such recordings afterwards, but I think that virtually all jazz producers felt that it was a good thing to do".[1] Also unusual for the time was Keepnews' decision to retain Adderley's comments to the crowd.[7]

Reception[edit]

Producer and jazz critic Orrin Keepnews described the album as "the birth of contemporary live recording"[1] and in May 1960, Time noted that the album's then 50,000 copies sold was "phenomenal for a jazz record", raising the album to the bestseller charts.[8] Music critic Scott Yanow describes the album as a "gem [...] essential for all jazz collections."[9] The Penguin Guide to Jazz awarded the album 3 stars stating "In San Francisco is a little overstretched, with four tracks nudging the 12-minute mark and some of the solos running out of steam too soon".[10]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[9]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz 3/4 stars[10]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "This Here" (Bobby Timmons) – 12:29[11]
  2. "Spontaneous Combustion" (Cannonball Adderley) – 11:55
  3. "Hi-Fly" (Randy Weston) – 11:09
  4. "You Got It!" (Cannonball Adderley) – 5:10
  5. "Bohemia After Dark" (Oscar Pettiford) – 8:06
  6. "Straight, No Chaser" (Thelonious Monk) – 11:43 (2000 Bonus Track; 2007 Bonus Track)
  7. "This Here [Alternate Take]"– 11:40 (2007 Bonus Track)
  8. "You Got It! [Alternate Take]" – 6:11 (2007 Bonus Track)

Personnel[edit]

Technical personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Sidran, Ben. Jazz Profiles from NPR: Nat Adderley (1931-2000) NPR. Accessed December 13, 2007.
  2. ^ See also Herrmann, Zachary. (April 2, 2007) Concord releases Orrin Keepnews Collection JazzTimes Magazine. Accessed December 13, 2007.
  3. ^ Cannonball Adderley Quintet in San Francisco (Remastered Bonus Track) at AllMusic
  4. ^ Cannonball Adderley Quintet in San Francisco (Remastered Bonus Tracks) at AllMusic
  5. ^ a b Rickert, David. (June 13, 2007) The Cannonball Adderley Quintet in San Francisco. All About Jazz. Accessed December 13, 2007.
  6. ^ Chell, Samuel (2007-06-16). "The Cannonball Adderley Quintet In San Francisco". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
  7. ^ Dryden, Ken (2007-08-05). "Louis Hayes: Maximum Firepower and The Cannonball Adderley Quintet in San Francisco". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
  8. ^ Time staff. (May 30, 1960) Cannonball. Time in partnership with CNN. Accessed December 13, 2007.
  9. ^ a b The Cannonball Adderley Quintet in San Francisco at AllMusic
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ Original track listing source Billboard. The Cannonball Adderley Quintet in San Francisco billboard.com. Accessed December 13, 2007.