Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Cannonball Adderley Quintet - Why Am I Treated So Bad! (2006)

The Cannonball Adderley Quintet - Why Am I Treated So Bad! (2006)
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Genre ~ Hard-Bop, Soul | Label ~ Capitol Records

Why Am I Treated So Bad! is a live album by the Cannonball Adderley Quintet, recorded at the Capitol studios in Los Angeles in 1967. The song "I'm on My Way", was written by his nephew Nat Adderley, Jr., who at the time was an 11-year-old living in Teaneck, New Jersey. ~Wikipedia

By any stretch of the imagination, it would have been hard for Cannonball Adderley to follow up the stunning Mercy, Mercy, Mercy! with anything quite as strong or inspired. This set follows the exact same m.o. Producer David Axelrod invited a group of friends into the Capitol studios, supplied them with free booze, warmed them up, and brought out the band (the same lineup: bassist Victor Gaskin, drummer Ron McCurdy, pianist Joe Zawinul, cornetist Nat Adderley, and Cannonball on alto) to tear into a group of covers and originals. The better moments here include the Latin-tinged "I'm on My Way" (written by Nat and featuring a beautifully lyrical solo by him) and a cool little read of the Pops Staples tune the album is titled for (featuring a killer little Rhodes piano part by Zawinul with a mournful dual head by Cannonball and Nat). The other hard groover is Nat's "The Other Side," which takes the outside track in Cannonball's solo. Zawinul's tunes are starkly more original in contrast -- particularly "One for Newk" -- but sound less inspired somehow. The CD version issued by Capitol in 2006 contains two bonus tracks with workmanlike versions of Jimmy Heath's fine "Heads Up! Feet Down!" and an overly long take on the Blane-Martin standard "The Girl Next Door." The album doesn't quite live up to its predecessor, but it is a burner and Adderley fans are likely to want to own it. ~Allmusic

01. Introduction (0:13)
02. Mini Mama (6:42)
03. I'm On My Way (7:49)
04. Why Am I Treated So Bad (7:47)
05. One for Newk (5:16)
06. Yvette (2:22)
07. The Other Side (9:04)
08. The Scene (2:40)
09. Heads Up! Feet Down! (7:00)
10. The Girl Next Door (12:08)

Cannonball Adderley - alto saxophone
Nat Adderley - cornet
Joe Zawinul - piano & electric piano
Victor Gaskin - bass
Roy McCurdy - drums

Produced by David Axelrod
Recording Engineer: Joe Polito
Recorded live on March 6 (#1-4), March 23 (#5-8), and July 24 (#9 & 10); 1967
Recorded at Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Reissue produced by Michael Cuscuna
Remixed from the original three-track tapes using 24-Bit technology by Ron McMaster
Tracks #1-8 originally issued as Capitol ST-2617
Tracks #9 & 10, previously unissued

Thanks to the original releaser.