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Cannonball Adderley
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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All Artists: Cannonball Adderley
Title: Phenix
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Fantasy
Release Date: 8/24/1999
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Soul-Jazz & Boogaloo, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 025218790420, 0090204871070, 090204871070

CD Reviews

Douglas N. Hachiya | Huntington Beach,CA USA | 12/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Two months before his unfornuate death, Julian "Cannonball" Adderley was fortunate to be able to provide to his listeners a new style of playing involving long melody statements, funky rhythms and electronics. In PHENIX Cannonball revisits the past and records new versions of his earlier numbers such as MERCY,MERCY,MERCY and WORK SONG. Along with revised versions of his older songs, Cannonball can also be heard playing the soprano saxophone rather than his primary instrument, the alto saxophone."
Funky, Trippy Electric Jazz
G | Connecticut, USA | 10/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Cannonball Adderly, without any question, could have been the funkiest sax player to ever hit the jazz world. When I picked up this 2-LP set on vinyl, I was astonished to see Cannonball Adderly take a whole new shape and form.

Unlike his previous works with Art Blakey and Miles Davis, like "Somethin Else", this album takes a more contemporary approach. Cannonball uses some synthesizer effects and electric piano sounds, making his compositions more than just straight jazz - but instead a mixture. From the opening track to the concluding song, Cannonball Adderly's ability to innovate and astound can be seen. Particularly on the 4th track, implementing all sorts of exotic hand drums and unique feels, Cannonball Adderly can be literallly seen at the top of his game. There is no doubt in my mind that Cannonball Adderly's best work was on the Fantasy label, and this is probably the quintessential album to pick up from that era of his amazing musical career.

And, as other reviewers have mentioned, Adderly's improvisation skills are top knotch. After all, he learned from the best! Having played in Miles Davis' band for a pretty decent amount of time, Cannonball Adderly is quite the professional sax player. What's unique about his playing is that he decides to lower the volume of his sax, allowing the other instruments to be heard. Unlike many other sax players, like John Coltrane, for example, Adderly used his sax just like the drummer or the bass player would use their instruments -- as a collaboration to contribute to the craft of the song. Most other sax players from this time were much more focused on than the other instruments in their bands, making for a completely different type of sound. However, this does not discount Adderly's improvisation! This is where it gets incredible. He still creates exemplementary results, even though he is at the exact same focus and volume level as the rest of the instruments. While he doesn't give a whole lot more room to the rest of the musicians, it is evident that Adderly took the opportunity in creating unique, one-of-a-time rythms in order to take the best advantage of the musicians he was working with.

This is a true jazz gem. Slightly underrated, and very, very important addition to any fan's collection."
Funky reworks
... | Brooklyn NY | 11/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A few months before his premature death Cannonball reworked some of his greatest collaborations with Joe Zawinul like Walk Tall, Mercy, Mercy, Mercy and 74 Miles with some studio musicians and his road band. George Duke plays some funky Rhodes on half of the tracks. It was his last great outburst of pure energy. Well worth it and a rather underrated album of his."