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Cannonball’s Live Album “Radio Nights” is practically an unknown

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Here’s a very unknown Cannonball Adderley “Live” album that somehow managed to be undetected. Maybe it could be the tacky album cover or maybe it just was not represented properly. This is not the first and by no means, the last unappreciated jazz album that I will learn about. Just like many others I have posted here on Jazz Con Class Radio, this album seemed to have some issues behind it, it seems that the record companies involved in its production, collectively misjudged its value and its importance. This could be one of Cannonball’s finest! “Radio Nights” was recorded in 1967/68 but unfortunately released in 1991 and that’s 16 years after Cannonball passed away, very sad indeed.

Here’s a little more about it (Wikipedia): Radio Nights is an album released in 1991 featuring previously unreleased live radio broadcasts by the Cannonball Adderley Quartet, Quintet and Sextet from New York City’s Half Note Club jazz club. They were recorded by Alan Grant and broadcast live on radio in the last week of 1967 and the first week of 1968. The montage of Adderley’s monologues are taken from a recording made at the Keystone Korner jazz club, San Francisco. At the time of the recordings, Adderley was under contract to Capitol.

Again, I hate to repeat myself over and over concerning these albums features that I post but there’s a reason. This “LIVE” album is a real classic, look more into it and listen/buy it, you’ll never regret it!

About the album:

Radio broadcasts from The Half Note in New York during the last week of 1967 and the first week of 1968 make up the set of distinctive material on Radio Nights. The live audience reaction puts the listener right there, to share in each exciting moment. Cannonball Adderley was at his best, and the ensembles remained loose. Microphone placement does considerable damage to the balance: Joe Zawinul and Nat Adderley are, at times, in the far-off distance. The leader, however, remains at the forefront and full of life. His alto soared through these classic songs night after night. Roy McCurdy and Louis Hayes propelled the unit. The Adderley brothers’ saxophone and cornet front line was always on target. Together, they made hot, straight-ahead magic. Cannonball is at his best soaring through ‘Fiddler On The Roof’ with complete freedom. Charles Lloyd joins the ensemble for ‘Work Song,’ ‘The Song My Lady Sings’ and ‘Unit Seven.’ Unfortunately, the balance prevents him from being……Read More

 

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