Know What I Mean?

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Know What I Mean?
Studio album by Cannonball Adderley with Bill Evans
Released October/November 1962[1]
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
(1960)The Cannonball Adderley Quintet at the Lighthouse1960
Know What I Mean?
African Waltz
(1961)African Waltz1961
Professional ratings
Review scores
Down Beat
(Original Lp release)
3.5/5 stars[2]
Allmusic4/5 stars[3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz3/4 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide3/5 stars[5]

Know What I Mean? is a 1962 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".[3] 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".[4]

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. "Venice" (John Lewis) – 2:55
  5. "Toy" (Clifford Jordan) – 5:09
  6. "Elsa" (Earl Zindars) – 5:52
  7. "Nancy (With the Laughing Face)" (Phil Silvers, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 4:08
  8. "Know What I Mean?" (Re-take 7) (Evans) – 4:54
  9. "Who Cares?" (Take 4) – 5:55
  10. "Know What I Mean?" (Take 12) – 7:01

Tracks 2-3, 7, 9-10 recorded on January 27, 1961; tracks 5 & 6 on February 21; tracks 1, 4 & 8 recorded on March 13, 1961, all at Bell Sound Studios, New York City.


Production staff[edit]

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


  1. ^ Dec 8, 1962
  2. ^ Down Beat: January 31, 1963 Vol. 30, No.3
  3. ^ a b Anderson, S. Allmusic Review accessed February 22, 2013
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 5. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.