Saxophonist Cannonball Adderley
Cannonball Adderley Quintet
birth name: Julian Edwin Adderley

Cannonball Adderley

September 15, 1928, Tampa, FL ~ August 8, 1975, Gary, IN

“Hipness is not a state of mind, it's a fact of life.” ~ Cannonball Adderley

One of the great alto saxophonists, Cannonball Adderley had an exuberant and happy sound that communicated immediately to listeners. His intelligent presentation of his music (often explaining what he and his musicians were going to play) helped make him one of the most popular of all jazzmen. ~ Allmusic: Cannonball Adderley ~ retrieved April 21, 2014 © Allmusic

A very exciting and energetic player. ~ McGill Music: Great Sax Players ~ retrieved May 1, 2016 © McGill Music

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Cannonball Adderley ~ Voted into the 1975 Downbeat Jazz Hall Of Fame (Readers Poll).

Cannonball Adderley ~ Somethin' Else (1959) ~ Ranked #38 Jazzwise 100 Jazz Albums That Shook The World in 2006 ~ Miles got the altoist to shine through ballads and burnished blowing throughout, complementing in fine style while the rest of the crew kept a discreet distance. ~ 2006 © Jazzwise

As a Session musician, guest or band member

Miles Davis ~ Kind Of Blue (1959) ~ Ranked #1 Jazzwise 100 Jazz Albums That Shook The World in 2006 ~ Of the many ideas I gathered for my book on Kind Of Blue, there is one quote in particular that comes to mind whenever the subject of relative value arises. “If you like Kind Of Blue, turn it over, look who plays on it,” says keyboardist Ben Sidran. “If you particularly like the piano, go buy a Bill Evans record, buy a Wynton Kelly record. If you like the alto playing, buy a Cannonball Adderley record. That one record - it’s not even six degrees of separation - is maybe two degrees of separation from every great jazz record.” ~ Ashley Kahn, author of Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece. ~ 2006 © Jazzwise

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