This CD presents the complete original album "Cannonballs Bossa Nova," which was Cannonball Adderleys contribution to the bossa nova craze that pervaded the United States in the early 1960s. For this special occasion, he wasnt backed by his usual group, but by an authentic bossa nova formation featuring celebrated Brazilian musicians, like pianist Sergio Mendes, future Weather Report percussionist Dom Um Romao, and guitarist Durval Ferreira.
Two alternate versions from the same sessions, as well as the saxophonists earliest existing recording of his brother Nat Adderleys The Jive Samba taped by Cannonballs regular group (featuring Nat) have been included as bonus tracks. The latter song would become a regular feature in the quintets repertoire. As a further bonus, a complete session featuring Cannonball (who plays solos on all tracks) and Milt Jackson.
01. Clouds 4:51
02. Minha Saudade 2:23
03. Corcovado 6:44
04. Batida Diferente 3:27
05. Joyces Samba 3:14
06. Groovy Samba 4:59
07. O Amor Em Paz (Once I Loved) 7:49
08. Sambop 3:35
09. Corcovado (Alternate Take) 5:37*
10. Clouds (Single Version) 2:44*
11. The Jive Samba 11:30*
12. Plenty, Plenty Soul 9:25*
13. Boogity Boogity 4:57*
14. Heartstrings 4:54*
Total time: 76:15 min.
Tracks #1-8, from the original 12" album
"Cannonballs Bossa Nova" (Riverside RLP9455)
(*) Bonus tracks not on the original album
Personnel on tracks #1-8:
Cannonball Adderley (as), Sergio Mendes (p), Durval Ferreira (g), Octavio Bailly Jr. (b), Dom Um Romao (d). Plus Pedro Paulo (tp) & Paulo Moura (as), added on 2, 4-5 & 7-8 only.
Recorded at Plaza Sound Studios, New York, December 7, 10 & 11, 1962
Personnel on tracks #9-10:
Same as #1-8 but not included on the original LP.
Personnel on track #11:
Cannonball Adderley (as), Nat Adderley (cornet), Yusef Lateef (ts, fl, oboe), Joe Zawinul (p), Sam Jones (b), and Louis Hayes (d).
Recorded live at the Jazz Workshop, San Francisco, September 22, 1962
Personnel on tracks #12-14:
Cannonball Adderley (as), Joe Newman (tp), Jimmy Cleveland (tb), Frank Foster (ts), Sahib Shihab (bs), Milt Jackson (vib), Horace Silver (p), Percy Heath (b), Art Blakey (d), Quincy Jones (arr).
Recorded in New York, on January 7, 1957
Riverside session produced by Orrin Keepnews
Engineered by Ray Fowler
Original cover design: Ken Deardoff
"Cannon is in top form - lyrical, penetrating and lithely swinging. We will never hear jazz of this calibre again. Okay, not five stars. But the final four tracks are that and then some. We will never hear jazz of this calibre again."
Richard Palmer -Jazz Journal
"A pleasant date recorded in late 1962 with South American musicians the Bossa Rio Sextet of Brazil. Cannonball is heard alongside Sergio Mendes on piano, future Weather Report percussionist Dom Um Romao, and featured on five cuts is Paulo Moura on alto saxophone with Pedro Paulo on trumpet. Unfortunately this release contains little fire, as Adderley didn't get much rehearsal time with these musicians. Combined with the repetitious nature of the Bossa Nova these proceedings can get tedious. This session was originally released on Riverside, but Adderley took several master tapes (including this one) when he made his move to Capitol."
Al Campbell -All Music Guide