Nippon Soul

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Nippon Soul
Live album by
ReleasedMarch 1964[1]
RecordedJuly 9, 1963 (#7)
Koseinenkin Kaikan, Tokyo
July 14, 1963 (#2-3)
July 15, 1963 (#1, 4-6)
Sankei Hall, Tokyo
RLP 477
ProducerOrrin Keepnews
Cannonball Adderley chronology
Cannonball's Bossa Nova
Nippon Soul
The Sextet

Nippon Soul is a live album by jazz saxophonist Cannonball Adderley recorded at the Sankei Hall in Tokyo during his 1963 Japanese tour and released on the Riverside label (RLP 477) featuring performances by Adderley with Nat Adderley, Yusef Lateef, Joe Zawinul, Sam Jones and Louis Hayes.[2] The CD release added a bonus track recorded the previous week and originally released on The Japanese Concerts (1975).


The Allmusic review by Stewart Mason awarded the album 4 stars, and states: "a solid live set that showcases one of Cannonball Adderley's finest groups... Often overlooked, this is one of Adderley's finest albums".[3] The Penguin Guide to Jazz awarded the album 3 stars, stating: "Zawinul is still no more than a good bandsman, and Lateef's touches of exotica - such as the oboe solo on 'Brother John' or his furry Roland Kirk-like flute improvisations - are an awkward match for the sunnier disposition of the customary material."[4]

Professional ratings
Review scores
The Penguin Guide to Jazz[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Nippon Soul (Nihon No Soul)" (Julian "Cannonball" Adderley) - 9:34
  2. "Easy to Love" (Cole Porter) - 3:49
  3. "The Weaver" (Yusef Lateef) - 10:50
  4. "Tengo Tango" (Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, Nat Adderley) - 2:40
  5. "Come Sunday" (Duke Ellington) - 7:03
  6. "Brother John" (Lateef) - 13:03
  7. "Work Song" (Nat Adderley) - 9:06 Bonus track on CD



  1. ^ "New Album Releases | Riverside", Billboard, March 28, 1964.
  2. ^ Cannonball Adderley discography accessed 21 October 2009.
  3. ^ a b Mason, S. Allmusic Review accessed 21 October 2009.
  4. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2006) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (8th ed.). London: Penguin. pp. 10. ISBN 978-0-141-02327-4.