Saturday, April 10, 2010

Vinyl of the Day - "Cannonball Adderley: The Happy People"

Vinyl of the Day
Cannonball Adderley Quintet: "The Happy People" (Capitol) 1972

A shame! Never reissued on CD, not even in Japan! It's one of Cannon's most amazing albums from his Capitol years. Recorded "live in the studio," sounds like an acid jam session. A truly Brazilian-oriented multi-cultural trip. Adderley's quintet (George Duke, Walter Booker, Roy McCurdy, brother Nat) is joined by some very special guests: Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Mayuto Correa, Chuck Rainey, David T. Walker, Olga James. Four great tracks, co-produced by arranger David Axelrod, including Nat Adderley's "Savior," Milton Nascimento's "Maria Três Filhos," and two songs featuring Airto's raw & wild vocals: the original version of Airto's own "The Happy People" (which he would re-record for Warner in '77 on "I'm Fine, How Are You?" and, later on, with Portuguese lyrics for "Aqui Se Pude" on the Montuno label), and Benito di Paula's samba "Ela." You'll not believe in your ears!
EMI should reissue this albums and other Capitol dates, like the 2-CD set "The Black Messiah," immediately.

1 comment:

Burningbluesoul said...

It's available now my friend!