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3 Responses to “CANNONBALL ADDERLEY / “Autumn Leaves””

ekere Says:
August 23rd, 2005 at 1:04 pm

This selection is very moving. I will admit, I find it hard to discuss jazz, it’s just something I either feel deeply or not at all. This is some straight up beautiful music.

Thanks for sharing it.

okyeame Says:
August 26th, 2005 at 3:53 pm

this is beautifully black music. kalamu’s comments, particularly about cannonball’s range, helped to put cannonball into some context. i think the first time i heard this album my mother in law, who is not what you would call a jazz enthusiast, played it for me. she really liked this album which supports the assertion that cannoball is at the intersection of the cerebral and emotional elements of jazz that appeal to both “serious” jazz listeners and others who are moved by its appeal to the internal rhythms of life. i really appreciate that, and that aspect of cannonball’s musical conception is evident on the “Happy People” cut which i really dig. i always had the romantic notion that if black musical traditions throughout the african diaspora could be fused with such success, like “Happy People” or say dizzy gillespie’s afro-cuban achievements, or some of fela’s work with roy ayers, or the great album with wayne shorter and milton nasciemento, then so could our political and social traditions be merged to create authentic cultural unity.

i loved cannonball’s playing on the album he did with nancy wilson but underappreciated him, i think, because i was always comparing his sound with that of coltrane’s on the “kind of blue” album, where they both played. trane just grabs my whole body and soul and slams it into interstellar space or some place i can feel but not fully articulate. cannonball’s lyricism is so outstanding, and his blues-playing abilities add a very unique element to his distinctive sound; its the musical equivalent, of say, the poetry of eugene redmond — very much based on the soul of black folk and equally capable of functioning at the highest intellectual levels and thereby achieving black beauty, certainly the goal in everything i want to do. thanks for the cuts and the commentary.

Rudy Says:
August 27th, 2005 at 10:19 pm

I liked very much these pieces by Cannonball and I liked very much the interplay between Miles and Cannonball.

One night I put the jukebox on continuous play and listened to it while I slept. I have become very confident with my security. I woke up to Cannonball. That was wonderful.

Thanks ever so much for what you two do.

As ever and always, Rudy

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