A Cannonball’s on the telly

Here is Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley, one of the great alto sax players, jamming out with his band on British television in the early 1960s. Adderley was born in Florida in 1928 but relocated to New York in the 1950s, playing in bands with his cornetist brother Nate before being called up for seminal jazz albums ‘Milestones’ and ‘Kind of Blue’ by Miles Davis. ‘Somethin’ Else’, released by Adderley in 1958, also features Art Blakey and Miles himself, and is an essential album for anyone interested in the hard bop era.

Take note of Cannonball’s facial expression as he solos, and the incredible drumming by Louis Hayes from 1:42 on, especially at around 4:00 as he switches between his snare and tom-tom.

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3 responses to “A Cannonball’s on the telly

  1. The drumming at 4.06 blows your mind. I’ve never seen anything like it. And they’re such nicely presented young men

  2. Hey that was one special drum solo. Super piece of music overall. Thanks Luke

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