[JPL] Cannonball & Zawinul...
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?
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
> Cannonball's hiring of Joe Zawinul. I've heard comments about Julian
> criticism for hiring a non-black pianist and supposedely Adderley
> 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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