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 ~ Inducted in the 1985 Big Band And Jazz Hall Of Fame.

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 #12 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ This painterly masterpiece would become one of the most important, influential and popular albums in jazz. But at the time it was made, Kind Of Blue was a revolution all its own, a radical break from everything going on. Turning his back on standard chord progressions, trumpeter Miles Davis used modal scales as a starting point for composition and improvisation - breaking new ground with warmth, subtlety and understatement in the thick of hard bop. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

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