The Black Messiah

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The Black Messiah
The Black Messiah.jpg
Live album by Cannonball Adderley
Released November 1971
Recorded 3-9 August 1971
Genre Jazz, jazz rock[1]
Length 87:32
Label Capitol
Producer David Axelrod
Cannonball Adderley chronology
The Happy People
(1972)The Happy People1972
The Black Messiah
Music You All
(1976)Music You All1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]

The Black Messiah is a live album by jazz saxophonist Cannonball Adderley recorded at The Troubadour in Los Angeles, California in 1971 featuring performances by Adderley's Quintet with Nat Adderley, George Duke, Walter Booker and Roy McCurdy with guest appearances by Airto Moreira, Mike Deasy, Ernie Watts, Alvin Batiste, and Buck Clarke.[3] After many years of being out of print, The Black Messiah was reissued in 2014 by Real Gone Music; the new 2CD reissue included liner notes by music journalist/blogger Bill Kopp.


The Allmusic review by Richard S. Ginell awarded the album 4 stars and states: "Still immersed in the burgeoning electronic jazz-rock explosion of the times, Cannonball Adderley goes further toward a rapprochement with the rock and soul audiences than ever before on this fascinating, overlooked double album."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Julian "Cannonball" Adderley except as indicated

  1. Introduction - 0:50
  2. "Black Messiah" (George Duke) - 16:12
  3. Monologue - 2:20
  4. "Little Benny Hen" (Mike Deasy) - 4:15
  5. "Zanek" (Deasy) - 5:07
  6. "Dr. Honoris Causa" (Joe Zawinul) - 14:48
  7. "The Chocolate Nuisance" (Nat Adderley, Roy McCurdy) - 8:22
  8. "Untitled" (Airto Moreira) - 6:21
  9. "The Steam Drill" - 8:42
  10. "Eyes of the Cosmos" (Ernie Watts) - 4:51
  11. "Episode from the Music Came" (Alvin Batiste) - 2:39
  12. "Heritage" (Duke Ellington) - 4:43
  13. "Circumference" (Duke) - 3:18
  14. "Pretty Paul" - 2:48
  15. "The Scene" (Nat Adderley, Zawinul) - 2:16
  • Recorded August 3-9, 1971 at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA.



  1. ^
  2. ^ Allmusic Review
  3. ^ Cannonball Adderley discography, accessed November 3, 2009.
  4. ^ Ginell, R. S. Allmusic review, accessed November 3, 2009.