Cannonball Adderley/George Shearing: Quintets At Newport (1957)
In 1957 George Shearing was already a star, yet he starts off as if he’s trying to keep up with the greenhorns that came before him; at the end of “Pawn Ticket” he’s out of breath as he introduces the next number. He then quickly settles in to the mid-tempo grooves that are more his style. “It Never Entered My Mind” is simply lovely (as Shearing says, it’s suited for a more intimate crowd) and the other tunes quickly establish a cool, graceful bounce. Shearing, however, is still capable of stoking the fire; his quintet is joined by the Adderley brothers on an appropriately titled “Soul Station” and “Nothin’ But the Best” features a hot-blooded Latin groove with the assistance of Armando Peraza on congas. The sound on both sets is very well-defined, especially for a live recording; the only problem is that Thielemans is miked too low and gets buried in the mix. The Newport sets were a perfect length to pair up in this fashion; let’s hope there’s more to come.
Track Listing: 1. Wee Dot 2. A Foggy Day 3. Sermonette 4. Sam's Tune 5. Hurricane Connie 6. Pawn Ticket 7. It Never Entered My Mind 8. There Will Never Be Another You 9. Soul Station 10. Old Devil Moon 11. Nothin' But The Best.
Personnel: On #1-5: Cannonball Adderley-alto sax; Nat Adderley-trumpet; Junior Mance-piano; Sam Jones-bass; Jimmy Cobb-drums. On #6-11: George Shearing-piano; Emil Richards-vibes, percussion; Toots Thielemans-guitar; Al McKibbon-bass; Percy Brice-drums.
Record Label: Fantasy Jazz