Celebrating Cannonball’s 90th Birthday year with a sweet dedication…
Jim Snidero & Jeremy Pelt – Jubilation! Celebrating Cannonball Adderley – Savant SCD2167 – 53:23 – ****:
(Jim Snidero – alto sax; Jeremy Pelt – trumpet; David Hazeltine – piano; Nat Reeves – bass; Billy Drummond – drums)
I was fortunate enough in August, 2012 to finally catch a concert at the iconic London jazz club, Ronnie Scott’s. Holding court there that night was the Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band led by drummer, Louis Hayes. Vincent Herring did the honors that night channeling ‘Ball. However, Jeremy Pelt, on trumpet, was on fire that night. Needless to say, it was a memorable night.
Six years later on the occasion of the 90th birthday year of Cannonball, Savant Records is issuing a tribute to Cannon’s magic. Jeremy is back, working as a co-leader with altoist, Jim Snidero. The rhythm section is top notch with first call pianist, David Hazeltine, bassist, Nat Reeves, and drummer, Billy Drummond. Recorded at the Red Rock Studios in Dec. 2017, the set list is replete both with the Adderley Brothers classics as well as tunes written by bassists, Sam Jones, and Walter Booker, whom both had tenure with the Adderleys back in the day. Snidero also wrote a special tribute to the alto master.
“Party Time” opens with a gorgeous blend from Pelt and Snidero. It has a great soul jazz groove and sets the table for what is to come. Jeremy’s opening solo is brash and sassy. Jim wails and David’s piano provides some memorable blues lines. “Del Sasser” from Sam Jones has a catchy melody continues the groove. “Wabash” features Pelt’s muted trumpet, as well as a steady bass solo from Nat. Drummond trades 8s with the fellows.
“ Stars Fell on Alabama” is a romantic ballad. Velvety smooth, Snidero glides over the changes with ease. It’s the one totally mellow tune on the CD. The well known, “Sack O’ Woe” has Pelt blowing fire. “Ball’s 90th” from Snidero’s pen, fits right in, leading to the closer, “Work Song,” which may be the most well known Adderley Brothers’ classic. After an opening drum solo, the front line horns initiate the to and fro alto/trumpet theme. The rubato feel of the Adderley’s is spot on.
The Brothers’ feel good vibe is well presented throughout the fifty plus minute tribute. Time to celebrate…
Party Time, Del Sasser, Wabash, Saudade, Stars Fell on Alabama, Sack O’Woe, Ball’s 90th, Work Song