[JPL] Cannonball & Zawinul...

Jim Wilke jwilke123 at comcast.net
Wed Jul 19 13:07:16 EDT 2006

I did a live broadcast of a club date with Cannonball's Quintet with 
Joe on piano playing "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" before the record came out 
in 1966.  The crowd was cheering, and I knew immediately it was another 
soul jazz hit for Cannon...  Never mind it was written by a 
conservatory-trained Austrian, the band's playing and the crowd 
reaction was not analytical or critical of the composer's nationality 
or ethnic origins. They were just clappin' and hip shakin' and shoulder 
waggin'. The tune and the band had the groove and the feel was just as 
genuine as a tune by Bobby Timmons or Nat, wasn't it?   When the record 
came out it even got "AM Radio Play", which was what we called 
crossover hits from jazz to pop music in that era.

I don't remember this topic being an issue then except in some isolated 
instances, like Red Rodney touring the South with Bird as "Albino Red" 
in the 50s.  I wonder why it comes up now?

Jim Wilke
Jazz After Hours, PRI

On Wednesday, July 19, 2006, at 09:35  AM, Jae Sinnett wrote:

> On the heels of Sonny and Jim, Miles and Bill, here's a question 
> regarding
> Cannonball's hiring of Joe Zawinul. I've heard comments about Julian 
> taking
> criticism for hiring a non-black pianist and supposedely Adderley 
> retorting
> Joe has the best sound for his band regardless of color. Can anyone 
> fill in
> the details of this anecdote? Truth or urban legend?
> Arturo Gómez

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