Portrait of Cannonball

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Portrait of Cannonball
Portrait of Cannonball.jpg
Studio album by Cannonball Adderley
Released 1958
Recorded July 1, 1958
Reeves Sound Studio, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 38:06
57:49 CD reissue
Label Riverside
RLP 12-269
Producer Orrin Keepnews
Cannonball Adderley chronology
Somethin' Else
(1958)Somethin' Else1958
Portrait of Cannonball
Jump for Joy
(1958)Jump for Joy1958
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz3/4 stars[2]

Portrait of Cannonball (1958) is the ninth album by jazz saxophonist Cannonball Adderley, and his first release on the Riverside label, featuring performances by Blue Mitchell, Bill Evans, Sam Jones, and Philly Joe Jones.[3]


The Allmusic review by Stephen Cook awarded the album 4 stars and states: "Everyone is in top form on a varied set.... One of the highlights from Adderley's hard bop prime".[4] The Penguin Guide to Jazz awarded the album 3 stars stating "Portrait of Cannonball (which includes three alternate takes on the CD issue) finds Blue Mitchell taking some welcome limelight – though he sounds no more facile than the oft-maligned Nat - and an early glimpse of Bill Evans finding his way through "Nardis"".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Julian "Cannonball" Adderley except as indicated

  1. "Minority" (Gigi Gryce) - 7:05
  2. "Straight Life" - 5:32
  3. "Blue Funk" (Sam Jones) - 5:34
  4. "A Little Taste" - 4:40
  5. "People Will Say We're in Love" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers) - 9:42
  6. "Nardis" (Miles Davis) - 5:33
  7. "Minority" [alternate take 2] (Gryce) - 7:32 Bonus track on CD reissue
  8. "Minority" [alternate take 3] (Gryce) - 7:12 Bonus track on CD reissue
  9. "Nardis" [alternate take 4] (Davis) - 5:35 Bonus track on CD reissue



  1. ^ Cook, Stephen (2011). "Portrait of Cannonball - Julian Adderley Quintet | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 1 August 2011.
  2. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2006) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (8th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 9. ISBN 978-0-141-02327-4.
  3. ^ Cannonball Adderley discography; accessed 14 October 2009.
  4. ^ Cook, S. Allmusic Review accessed 14 October 2009