Monday, September 9, 2013

Cannonball Adderley - Mercy, Mercy, Mercy

After taking most of August off from writing, to hopefully re-charge a little after what I would call a very transitional summer, I look forward this fall to getting back on track with 3-4 posts a week, so stay tuned...

With that being said, I thought it would therefore be fitting to feature The Cannonball Adderley Quintet's classic live recording of the soulful jazz gem "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy", a composition that Cannonball himself referred to as the appropriate "response" to such unexpected adversity in one's life. This composition was written by pianist/composer Joe Zawinul, who played with Cannonball for most of the sixties, and also features Vic Gatsky (bass), Nat Adderley (Cornet) and Roy McCurdy (drums). An interesting fact about this recording is that even though the album states that the record was recorded live at The Club in Chicago, the album was actually recorded live at the Capitol Tower in Hollywood, California. Regardless, it's a solid album from start to finish that also helps highlight Cannonball's charismatic personality, as he often engages the crowd throughout the recording. Enjoy!

The Cannonball Adderley Quintet - Mercy, Mercy, Mercy

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