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The Best Of Capitol Years


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  • Personnel: Cannonball Adderley (alto saxophone); Yuseff Lateef, Charles Lloyd (tenor saxophone); Nat Adderley (cornet); Joe Zawinul (piano); Victor Gaskin, Walter Booker, Sam Jones (bass); Louis Hayes, Roy McCordy (drums).
  • Producers: Orrin Keepnews, David Axelrod.
  • Compilation producer: Michael Cuscuna.
  • Recorded between August 1962 and October 1969.
  • BEST OF THE CAPITOL YEARS is an odd compilation, largely because two of its eight lengthy tracks come from sessions where the alto saxophonist was a sideman, not the bandleader. That said, Yusef Lateef's "Work Song" and "Fiddler on the Roof" feature exceptional Adderley solos, and Lateef's brand of groove-oriented soul jazz slots in nicely with Adderley's similar yet unique version of this under-appreciated '60s sub-genre.
  • A precursor to jazz-rock fusion, soul jazz takes off from Ray Charles' jazz sides of the '50s, melding gospel music's call-and-response, fluid and percussive grooves, and solos alternately laid-back and fiery. Because Adderley's background was in hard bop rather than cool jazz, his Capitol sides often have a burning intensity missing from many other soul-jazz recordings. The style's pinnacle is "Mercy Mercy Mercy," one of the few jazz songs to hit Top 40 in the rock era and the clear highlight of this collection.
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