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Dave Saemann
Fanfare, January 2020

The set ends with Nat’s Work Song, a hip, catchy number that might have been written by Quincy Jones. The crowd erupts at its conclusion, a sign of the inroads American culture had made in Germany less than a quarter century after jazz had been banned by the Nazis. The sound engineering is well balanced and generally clear, testimony to the high standards of German radio stations at this time. This is a great CD to add to your Cannonball collection. As a demonstration of what live jazz can be, it’s hard to argue with. Highly recommended. © 2020 Fanfare Read complete review



Dean Frey
Music for Several Instruments, June 2019

Cannonball contributed to the transformation of jazz in the early 70s—he continued to play with both Miles Davis and Bill Evans in this period, but by 1975 he was gone, tragically early. His brother Nat carried on the Adderley tradition for the rest of the century, as a band leader and, increasingly, as a teacher for new generations. But this hour of music remains as a beacon, sending light into the past and the future, as inspiring today as it was for those listening fifty years ago in Stuttgart. © 2019 Music for Several Instruments Read complete review



Lynn René Bayley
The Art Music Lounge, April 2019

The latter opens with an a cappella duet by Julian and Nat, and when the famous theme comes in it’s at a quicker tempo than the original record, with McCurdy really kicking things up on the drums. Cannonball’s solo is simply wonderful in its own way but, as was often the case, Nat’s solo says even more in a shorter span of time. Zawinul is OK, and the whole performance rides the band out on a bang.

Overall, then, a fine set by the Adderley brothers with a few really fine surprises! © 2019 The Art Music Lounge Read complete review





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