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The Cannonball Adderley Quintet – In San Francisco


The quintet on this LP was not the first operated by Cannonball Adderley. The gregarious alto saxophonist and his cornetist brother Nat had a band earlier in the 1950s. They formed it shortly after they burst onto the New York scene from Florida, but hard economic breaks forced them to disband and seek work elsewhere. Cannonball went with Miles Davis, Nat with Woody Herman. As the decade wound down, Cannonball’s success with Davis and increased popularity with the public led him to think he was ready to retrieve Nat and again try leadership. He was right. The new Adderley quintet quickly became beloved of listeners in clubs across the country. Nowhere was it more enthusiastically received than at the Jazz Workshop in San Francisco. In the fall of 1959, Adderley called his producer, Orrin Keepnews, and said now was the time and the Workshop was the place to record the quintet live. Keepnews sprang into action. The result was this album, one of the most spectacularly successful — and enjoyable — live recordings in the jazz canon.

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AllMusic Review by Anthony Tognazzini

Hot on the heels of session work with Miles Davis and his Kind of Blue-era group, alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley recorded this excellent live date with his brother, cornetist Nat Adderley, along with pianist Bobby Timmons, bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Louis Hayes. The Cannonball Adderley Quintet in San Francisco defined the accessible, yet technically challenging, soul-jazz that Adderley would be associated with for the rest of his career. The warm, exuberant feel of the quintet is especially evident on the set’s two finest tracks — a spirited take on Randy Weston’s “Hi-Fly,” and on Timmons’ swinging “This Here.” Two of Adderley’s own compositions, “Spontaneous Combustion” and “You Got It!,” blend blazing post-bop dexterity with pulsing, infectious blues structures. Both Cannonball and Nat Adderley play with stunning, bluesy brilliance here, while the rhythm section ably anchors the proceedings. Outside of Somethin’ Else, Adderley’s 1958 masterpiece, In San Francisco may be the saxophonist’s defining moment.


1. A few words by Cannonball….and
This Here (Bobby Timmons)
2. Spontaneous Combustion (Julian Adderley)
1. Hi-Fly (Randy Weston)
2. You Got It! (Julian Adderley)
3. Bohemia After Dark (Oscar Pettiford)


Additional information

Weight 0.760 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm