Blue Autumn

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Blue Autumn
Nat Adderley Blue Autumn cover.jpg
Live album by
Released1983 (1983)
RecordedOctober 1982
ProducerNat Adderley
Nat Adderley chronology
On the Move
Blue Autumn
We Remember Cannon

Blue Autumn is a jazz album by the Nat Adderley quartet. The album was recorded live in October 1982 at the Keystone Korner in San Francisco and released in 1983 on cassette and 12 Aug. 1993 on CD. On this date, the quintet featured Nat Adderley on cornet, Sonny Fortune on alto saxophone, Larry Willis on piano, Walter Booker on upright bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
The Penguin Guide to Jazz3.5/4 stars[2]
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[3]

The Penguin Guide to Jazz states "At just 40 minutes, Blue Autumn gives slightly short measure, but there's plenty packed in".[2] In his review for AllMusic, Ron Wynn stated "This '83 live set at the Keystone Korner was certainly an uneven, sometimes curious event. ... There are some fine cuts with punchy, snappy melodies, taut solos, and nice rhythm section interaction ... overall, this proves a good but not essential Nat Adderley date".[3] In the Chicago Tribune Jack Fuller wrote "The best Adderley music has always come in front of a crowd, and this 1983 recording of brother Nat is no exception. Done in a San Francisco club, the performance is by turns lively and lovely".[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "For Duke and Cannon" (Fortune)—7:03
  2. "The Fifth Labor of Hercules" (Allen)—6:24
  3. "Book's Bossa" (Booker)—9:02
  4. "Blue Autumn" (Willis)—8:30
  5. "Tallahassee Kid" (Willis)—9:23


Further reading[edit]

The following newspaper articles contain positive reviews of the Nat Adderley Quintet with the same lineup featured on Blue Autumn:

  • McNally, Owen. "Embarrassment of Riches On Hartford's Jazz Scene." The Hartford Courant 23 Feb. 1982, D11.
  • Stokes, W. Royal. "Adderley's High-Energy Combo." The Washington Post 15 Oct. 1981, C6.


  1. ^ Blue Autumn CD from CD Universe.
  2. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (1994). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, LP & Cassette. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (2nd ed.). London: Penguin. p. 14. ISBN 0-14-017949-6.
  3. ^ a b Wynn, Ron. Blue Autumn – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
  4. ^ Fuller, Jack. Blue Autumn review from the Chicago Tribune, 31 Jan. 1993.