Alabama Concerto

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Alabama Concerto
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Studio album by
RecordedJuly 28 & 31 and August 25, 1958
Reeves Sound Studio, New York City
RLP 12-276
John Benson Brooks chronology
Folk Jazz USA
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Cannonball Adderley chronology
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Alabama Concerto is an album by composer John Benson Brooks featuring saxophonist Cannonball Adderley and trumpeter Art Farmer; it was released on the Riverside label in 1958.[1] For Brooks, it was "an outgrowth of an assignment he had [...] to transcribe for a book some folk recordings made in Alabama by Harold Courlander"; these contrasted with New Orleans jazz recordings, causing Brooks to consider an alternative influence on the history of jazz.[2]:45


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[3]

Critic John S. Wilson, in a contemporaneous review, observed of the composer: "Working from several rural folk themes, he develops his Concerto through ensembles, written solos and improvised solos played by a quartet".[2]:45 Concluding in a negative vein, Wilson stated that the album "lacks movement and explicit development [...] the work becomes lost in monotony long before the two full LP sides have been completed."[2]:46 The Allmusic site awarded the album 3 stars with the review by Scott Yanow stating, "Although not essential, the music is thought-provoking, quite melodic, and looks backwards toward folk music of the 1800's while giving the pieces a 1950's jazz sensibility".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by John Benson Brooks

  1. First Movement: THEMES: "The Henry John Story" / "Green, Green Rocky Road" / "Job's Red Wagon" - 4:49
  2. First Movement: "The Henry John Story (return)" / "Green, Green Rocky Road (return)" - 3:17
  3. First Movement: "Job's Red Wagon (return)" - 3:07
  4. Second Movement: THEMES: "Trampin'" / "The Loop" / "Trampin' (return)" - 7:54
  5. Second Movement: "The Loop (return)" - 2:25
  6. Third Movement: THEME: "Little John Shoes" - 3:09
  7. Third Movement: THEME: "Milord's Calling" / "Little John Shoes (return)" / "Milord's Callin' (return)" - 5:06
  8. Fourth Movement: THEMES: "Blues for Christmas" / "Rufus Playboy" / "Grandma's Coffin" / "Blues for Christmas (return)" - 7:33
  9. Fourth Movement: "Grandma's Coffin (return)" / "Rufus Playboy (return)" / "Grandma's Coffin (2nd return)" - 5:07



  1. ^ Cannonball Adderley discography accessed October 29, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Wilson, John S. (1959) The Collector's Jazz: Modern. J. B. Lippincott.
  3. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed October 29, 2012