on March 28, 2012
~ Good sound, very good cinematography, excellent music, stellar performances by everyone.
~ The DVD contains 99 minutes of excitement and aural beauty. The first 71 minutes are from a concert in Switzerland; the final 28 minutes are from a TV show recorded live in Germany.
~ Over the span of his tragically short career, Julian Cannonball Adderley fronted a variety of bands, but most people would cite this band as his best. Cannonball (alto sax) is accompanied, as usual, by his brother Nat (cornet), and the front line is completed by multi-reed man Yusef Lateef (tenor sax, flute, oboe). Their sum is much greater than the parts. When they play ensemble sections of the tune either in unison or with interwoven lines, they give the impression of much larger band. Together they are a powerful force and make a strong impression, but their soloing is even more impressive. Each member of the front line blows the audience away with numerous soulful solos.
~ Cannonball's wonderful rhythm section of many years are spectacular in this video. Sam Jones (bass) and Louis Hayes (drums) worked together for many years, not only in Cannonball's band but also in a variety of other bands, including with Oscar Peterson. Those years working together and they tight relationship are obvious here not only in the support they provide for the front line, but in the outstanding solos they contribute. The third member of the rhythm section is Joe Zawinul (piano). It was this period with Cannonball that brought Zawinul to the attention of the American audience and helped establish him as an international star - before he formed Weather Report.
~ One of the pleasures of watching this video is seeing how much the musicians are enjoying themselves and the playing of the other members of the band.
~ The list of songs reads like a Cannonball's Greatest Hits collection, including Jessica's Day (two versions), Angel Eyes, Jive Samba (two versions), Bohemia After Dark, Dizzy's Business, Trouble in Mind, Work Song, Unit 7, and Brother John.
~ Like all DVD's in the Jazz Icon series, there is an excellent, informative 24 page insert booklet that is worthy of reading.
~ Highly recommended for the opportunity to see live performances by one of the best bands in the history of jazz.
I've always loved this particular line-up of Cannonball's various quintets and sextets. This sextet has the versatile Yusef Lateef on not only tenor sax and flute, but oboe. There is a Chico Hamilton quality to both performances on this DVD. My only lament is that bassist Sam Jones was not given the opportunity to display his talents in cello when Lateef was on oboe.
I also love the beautiful contrast of black and white video that adds a wonderful visual effect to the music itself.
This DVD totals nearly an hour and forty minutes that captures two European performances. The first performance is from March 24, 1963 in Lugano, Switzerland amd features performances of the following songs:
Bohemia After Dark
Trouble in Mind
The second clip is from a broadcast two days earlier on March 22, 1963 from Baden-Baden, Germany. The songs played during this much shorter set are:
The full sextet in both sets are Cannonball on alto accompanied by brother Nat on cornet and Yusef Lateef on tenor sax, flute and oboe. The rhythm section is comprised of Joe Zawinul on piano, Sam Jones on bass and Louis Hayes on drums.
If you are a fan this ranks up there with some of Cannonball's other video performances including the May 12, 1964 BBC broadcast of Jazz 625 featuring Adderley's sextet and Ralph Gleason's October 24, 1961 broadcast of Jazz casual (to name two of my favorites among more than a few videos of Adderley.)