African Waltz

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African Waltz
African Waltz.jpg
Studio album by Cannonball Adderley
Released 1961
Recorded February 28, May 9 & 15, 1961
Genre Jazz
Length 35:04
Label Riverside
Producer Orrin Keepnews
Cannonball Adderley chronology
Know What I Mean?
(1961)Know What I Mean?1961
African Waltz
The Cannonball Adderley Quintet Plus
(1961)The Cannonball Adderley Quintet Plus1961

African Waltz is an album by jazz saxophonist Cannonball Adderley, released on the Riverside label and performed by Adderley with an orchestra conducted by Ernie Wilkins.[1] The title track had been a UK hit single for Johnny Dankworth.


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album three stars and states: "The music on this CD reissue is better than it should be. Cannonball Adderley had a fluke hit with "African Waltz" so a full album was recorded with the hope of coming up with additional hits... There is some strong material on the set (including "West Coast Blues," "Stockholm Sweetnin'" and a remake of "This Here") but the results are not too substantial and this was not that big a seller; it is still a reasonably enjoyable effort".[2] The Penguin Guide to Jazz awarded the album three stars stating "'A departure from and an extension of what the Adderleys were doing in their small groups. Ernie Wilkins arranges a set of full-bodied top-heavy charts which Adderley has to jostle with to create their own space, and the music's worth hearing for its Sheer Brashness and impact".[3]

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

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Something Different" (Chuck Mangione) – 3:04
  2. "West Coast Blues" (Wes Montgomery) – 4:04
  3. "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" (Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach) – 3:02
  4. "The Uptown" (Junior Mance) – 2:15
  5. "Stockholm Sweetnin'" (Quincy Jones) – 3:41
  6. "African Waltz" (Galt MacDermot) – 2:12
  7. "Blue Brass Groove" (Nat Adderley) – 4:52
  8. "Kelly Blue" (Wynton Kelly) – 3:51
  9. "Letter from Home" (Mance) – 2:00
  10. "I'll Close My Eyes" (Buddy Kaye, Billy Reid) – 3:42
  11. "This Here" (Bobby Timmons) – 3:00 Bonus track on CD
    • Recorded at Plaza Sound Studio, NYC, on February 28 (tracks 6 & 8), May 9 (tracks 1-3, 7, 9 & 11), and May 15 (tracks 4, 5, 10 & 12), 1961.



  • Orrin Keepnews – Producer
  • Ken Deardoff – Album design
  • Hugh Bell – Cover photography
  • Steve Schapiro – Back-liner photography
  • Ray Fowler – Recording engineer
  • Riverside Records produced by Bill Grauer Productions, Inc.


  1. ^ Cannonball Adderley discography accessed 2 November 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. 10. ISBN 978-0-141-02327-4.