Eatin’ It All Up

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I have to admit, I ran across the name “Cannonball” Adderley for the first time on an album by the Miles Davis sextet.  Kind of Blue  is probably the best selling jazz album in history, and like many musicians, I have memorized every note.  Miles had fired John Coltrane for continued drug problems, and had filled the saxophone spot in his quintet with the bluesy sound of Julian “Cannonball” Adderley.  When Coltrane appeared to have gotten clean, Davis brought him back into the group and expanded his quintet to a sextet.  It was another stroke of genius by Miles, as the two saxophone players interacted brilliantly with each other.  (It also was a bit of insurance, if the new sobriety of Coltrane wasn’t as long lasting as hoped.)

Julian "Cannonball" Adderley Julian “Cannonball” Adderley

Adderley was a big man, born and raised in Florida before moving to New York.  It was in…

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