Cannonball Adderley - The Black Messiah (1971) [double LP] (24-96 vinyl rip)

Posted By : Hungry Mind | Date : 08 Apr 2012 10:16:20 | Comments : 4 |

Cannonball Adderley - The Black Messiah (1971) [double LP] (24-96 vinyl rip)
Vinyl rip @ 24/96 | FLAC | Complete Scans | 1,72 GB
Genre: jazz | RAR 5% Rec. | Label: Capitol Records | CAT #SWBO-846 | original US pressing

Still immersed in the burgeoning electronic jazz-rock explosion of the times, Cannonball Adderley goes further toward a rapprochement with the rock and soul audiences than ever before on this fascinating, overlooked double album. For starters, he recorded it live at West Hollywood's Troubadour club, then known as a showcase for folk and rock acts. He also imported additional players into his quintet, expanding into exotic percussion effects with Airto Moreira (whom Miles Davis had previously featured), hard rock guitar with sessionman Mike Deasy, fiery tenor sax from the young Ernie Watts, and occasional seasoning from conguero Buck Clarke and clarinetist Alvin Batiste.

"Now I don't give a damn whether you can count or not, we still are the Cannonball Adderley Quintet!," quoth the leader, who is in loose, loquacious form throughout the set (the jazz world badly misses his witty verbal intros). With Joe Zawinul now flying off to Weather Report, his replacement is an even more electronically minded pianist, George Duke, who levitates into the outer limits with his Echoplex and ring modulator and proves to be a solid comper. But Zawinul is not forgotten, for the band pursues a long, probing, atmospheric excursion on his tune, "Dr. Honouris Causa." Adderley generously gives Deasy two contrasting feature numbers -- "Little Benny Hen," a raucous, amateurishly sung blues/rock piece, and "Zanek," a great countrified tune with an avant-garde freakout at the climax -- and all of the other guests save Clarke get single solo features. Brother Nat Adderley gamely visits the outside on cornet, not always convincingly, while Cannonball doubles with increasing adventurousness on soprano and alto and bassist Walter Booker and drummer Roy McCurdy deftly handle all of the changes of style. Cannonball adeptly keeps pace with Miles Davis, his former boss -- the driving "The Chocolate Nuisance" could easily be a first cousin of "Pharoah's Dance" on Bitches Brew -- while not abandoning his funky soul-jazz base nor the special audience-friendly ambience of his concerts. Unlike Adderley's other two-for-one-priced double albums of the '70s, this one was inexplicably sold at full price, which probably limited its sales and might partly explain why it remains surprisingly hard to find in used LP bins. But interest in the early jazz-rock period ought to provoke a CD reissue.

A1 - Introduction
A2 - The Black Messiah
A3 - Monologue
A4 - Little Benny Hen

B1 - Zanek
B2 - Dr. Honouris Cousa

C1 - The Chocolate Nuisance
C2 - Untitled
C3 - The Steam Drill

D1 - Eye Of The Cosmos
D2 - Episode From The Music Game
D3 - Heritage
D4 - Circumference
D5 - Pretty Paul
D6 - The Scene


Cannonball Adderley (Alto & Soprano saxophone)
Nat Adderley (Cornet)
Roy Mac Curdy (Drums)
Walter Booker (bass)
George Duke (Piano, electric piano)
Airto Moreira (percussion)
David Axelrod (Production)

Nitty Gritty 1.5 RCM
Music Hall MMF 9.1
sticky hand stylus cleaning
Grado Master Reference 1 cartridge
Graham Slee Era Gold Reflex phono preamp
Mytek Stereo192 ADC (analog to digital converter)
cork platter mat, Blue Jean LC-1 interconnects, KAB super record grip Mk2
software used: Soundforge 9.0, ClickRepair 3.0.1 (in manual mode), Flac frontend 1.7.1

Thanks to DeusIrae72

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Posted By: JoJoPurdie Date: 10 Apr 2012 20:30:31
This is an awesome share! Thank you so much Hungry Mind for this brilliant record.
Posted By: hermanthegerman Date: 12 Apr 2012 17:45:48
Yes, a Cannonball-album almost un-find-able! GREAT!
Posted By: FuzzedOut Date: 03 Jun 2012 23:48:08
Glad to see this being spread around.
Posted By: deep_purple60 Date: 09 Jul 2012 04:03:02
Thank you very much.