's band, Money In The Pocket is a remarkable albumremarkable in that gives absolutely no hint of the shape shifts that would transform Zawinul's work a few years later. The first of three albums he recorded for Atlantic, it's a conventional mix of mid-1960s hard bop and soul jazz. Trumpeter Miles Davis
from the Adderley bandtake in bop and soul jazz. Jones' "Some More Of Dat" is a generic dead ringer for contemporaneous Adderley or pianist Horace Silver (Mitchell, Jordan, Henderson and Hayes were all Silver alumni). All these tracks are good, but even by the standards of the time they are pretty ordinary. Zawinul's modal-flavored "Riverbed," though hardly radical, is the disc's most singular composition.
There are, however, two ballad readings of note: Guy Wood's and Robert Mellin's "My One And Only Love" and Rudy Stephenson's "Sharon's Waltz." The first is performed solo by Zawinul, the second with Jones and Hayes. Lyrical and just the right side of rococo, Zawinul's solos are delightful, in the same ballpark as "Come Sunday," the Zawinul feature with the Adderley band heard on the YouTube clip below.
Zawinul's Money In The Pocket, reissued as part of Warner Jazz's Atlantic Masters series, isn't to be confused with the Adderley band's album of the same title, recorded live in 1966 and later released by Capitol.
Track Listing: Money In The Pocket; If; My One And Only Love; Midnight Mood; Some More Of Dat; Sharon's Waltz; Riverbed; Del Sasser.
Personnel: Joe Zawinul: piano; Blue Mitchell: trumpet (2, 4, 5, 7); Joe Henderson: tenor saxophone: (2, 4, 5, 7); Clifford Jordan: tenor saxophone (1); Pepper Adams: baritone saxophone (2, 4, 5, 7); Sam Jones: bass (2, 4-8); Bob Cranshaw: bass (1); Louis Hayes: drums (2, 4-8); Roy McCurdy: drums (1).