[10] The Cannonball Adderley Quintet – At The Lighthouse

16 Dec

Throughout December I am going to revisit the first months of this journey, taking time at the end of this year to remember where I’ve been and what I’ve heard.

. . . To Hear Before I Blog

It seems that jazz music is used as background music these days.

When we hear it, more often than not it is lending a sense of class and sophistication without getting in the way of whatever it is trying to sell.  It is safe, neutral, perhaps even dull.

And it takes several days of playing this live recording from 1960 on constant repeat for me to overcome this preconception.  That is the how long I am lulled, fooled into underestimation – allowing the music to wash over me while I work, read, tweet, go about my daily life – before I actually engage, and focus on these five magnificent musicians doing their thing.

When I finally start paying attention, it is a revelation.


The quintet take it in turns to solo over simple and steady grooves, each performer coaxing a pure and pleasing tone from their instrument.  And the result is…

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