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Cannonball Adderley Quintet
Liederhalle Stuttgart concert, March 1969

Jazzhaus 101 702

jazzhaus is a new mid-price music label featuring jazz programmes taken from live recordings from the archives of Südwestrundfunk Stuttgart, Baden-Baden and Mainz in south-west Germany backto 1947. Today the archives contain probably the biggest collection of unpublished live jazz recordings in the world: 3,000 hours of recordings from more than 400 ensembles and soloists, almost all never released before.

Here we have a 1969 live recording of the Cannonball Adderley Quintet taken from the SWR archives. This is the band with Joe Zawinul, and three of his tunes are featured in a mixed programme which includes a stunning ballad performance of Bernstein’s “Somewhere” by the leader, together with a few more straight-ahead things.

Strong playing throughout, but recording quality is no more than adequate. The ride cymbal has that irritating hissing sound which spoiled so many early cd re-issues (perhaps this concert was digitalised before being archived?) and the bass is rather muffled throughout.

There is a most peculiar edit towards the end of the piano solo on the first track.

The sleeve note is un-informative (the singer on “Oh Babe” isn’t named) andit is poorly translated. There is a stock portrait of Cannonball but no other photographs.

If you are a fan of the band this is a worthwhile addition to their discography.

Simon Woolf