Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley

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Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley
Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 1962
RecordedJune 27, 29 and August 23 – 24, 1961
ProducerTom Morgan, Andy Wiswell
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Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley is a studio album by Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley issued in February 1962 by Capitol Records.[1] The album rose to No. 30 on the Billboard Top LPs chart.[2]


Wilson considered her vocals on the album "as a sort of easy-going third horn" (Wilson quoted in the liner notes).[3] All tracks were recorded in New York City, those with Wilson on June 27 and 29, 1961, and the instrumental tracks on August 23 and 24, 1961.[4]


Professional ratings
Review scores
The Penguin Guide to Jazz3/4 stars[5]
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide2/5 stars[6]
The Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz4/5 stars[7]

The Penguin Guide to Jazz states "The odd session out is the date with Nancy Wilson for Capitol, primarily designed as a showcase for the young singer but with five band-only tracks as well. Wilson had a self-conscious phrasing and melodramatic lighting-up of key lines - but there is a version of "A Sleeping Bee" here which is one of the most charming of all her recordings, and Cannon and the others play personably throughout".[5] The AllMusic review by David Nathan concluded: "Given the play list and the outstanding artists performing it, why any serious jazz collection would be without this classic album is difficult to comprehend."[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Save Your Love for Me" (Buddy Johnson) – 2:38
  2. "Teaneck" (Nat Adderley) – 4:30
  3. "Never Will I Marry" (Frank Loesser) – 2:16
  4. "I Can't Get Started" (Vernon Duke, Ira Gershwin) – 4:55
  5. "The Old Country" (Curtis Lewis, Adderley) – 2:57
  6. "One Man's Dream" (Joe Zawinul, C. Wright) – 5:09
  7. "Happy Talk" (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II) – 2:21
  8. "Never Say Yes" (Adderley) – 3:57
  9. "The Masquerade Is Over" (Herb Magidson, Allie Wrubel) – 4:15
  10. "Unit 7" (Sam Jones) – 6:04
  11. "A Sleepin' Bee" (Harold Arlen, Truman Capote) – 2:32
  12. "Little Unhappy Boy" (Curtis Lewis) – 2:14 (1993 CD reissue bonus track)



  1. ^ "Nancy Wilson And Cannonball Adderley: Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley".
  2. ^ Billboard Top LPs. 74. Billboard Magazine. July 14, 1962. p. 2.
  3. ^ a b c "Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley: Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley".
  4. ^ Capitol Records discography accessed August 18, 2015.
  5. ^ 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. pp. 10–11. ISBN 0-14-017949-6.
  6. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 5. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  7. ^ Larkin, Colin (2004). "Nancy Wilson". The Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz (Rev Upd ed.). Virgin Books. p. 941. ISBN 1852271833.