A group setting itself up as a legacy band runs the risk of unfair comparison with the original, particularly when the bulk of the material happens to be widely known music from the justly famed Cannonball Adderley combo. Although drummer/leader Louis Hayes worked for the alto saxophonist for six years and helped create some of the best-loved music in the Adderley canon, he is not immune to such comparison.
It's not that Maximum Firepower is a bad recording, but comparing such tracks as "Jessica's Birthday," "This Here," "Little Boy With the Sad Eyes" and "Sack O' Woe" to the classic Adderley versions has clear and inherent dangers. Alto saxophonist Vincent Herring, also this album's producer, has been compared to Adderley with good reason since he entered the scene. Although his sound shows less of the Cannonball tonal edge now, one finds it difficult to say that he's become his own man.
Cornetist/flugelhornist/trumpeter Jeremy Pelt isn't likely to be confused with Adderley's brother Nat, but he has been heard to better advantage in other circumstances. Anthony Wonsey and Rick Germanson each have the piano chair for five tracks and bassist Richie Goods rounds out this group.
The exuberant joy and togetherness of Adderley's groups back in the day hasn't been captured by this 2006 recording, but it remains an okay effort. Perhaps honoring the great man with more original materialonly Pelt's "The Two of Them (Dedicated to Cannonball and Nat)" is newwould better capture the spirit found in the classic recordings, but that would largely negate the reason for doing this session. Maybe the best suggestion is to check out this CD as inspiration to investigate the originals.
Track Listing: Jessica's Birthday; This Here; Lisa; Little Boy With the Sad Eyes; The Two of Them (Dedicated to Cannonball and Nat); Sweet Georgia Bright; New Delhi; Sack O' Woe; Autumn Leaves; Unit 7.
Personnel: Louis Hayes: drums; Jeremy Pelt: trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn; Vincent Herring: alto saxophone; Rick Germanson: piano (tracks 1, 4, 6, 8, 9); Anthony Wonsey: piano (tracks 2, 3, 5, 7, 10); Richie Goods: bass.
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell. Misty by Erroll Garner is one of my favourite tracks. My current choice of guitars are Gibson ES335 & ES175 although I only own Epiphone copies at present. I also play classical guitar and love to play jazz on them. I have recently moved to Leeds from York and hoping to meet new friends in the jazz community.