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On May 7, 1958, alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley appeared on an NBC-TV broadcast called The Subject Is Bop. He was part of the Billy Taylor All-Stars. The show was hosted by Gilbert Seldes, a music writer and critic who each week showcased a different jazz style illustrated by different guests.
In the case of Adderley, he's captured here at a very interesting moment in his career. Two months earlier he had recorded the seminal Somethin' Else for Blue Note. Later in May, he would record On Green Dolphin Street, Fran-Dance and Stella by Starlight with the Miles Davis Sextet. So we have Adderley here at a turning point.
Appearing in the group were Cannonball Adderley (as), Nat Adderley (tp), Jimmy Cleveland (tb), Billy Taylor (p), Mundell Lowe (g), Ed Thigpen (b) and Ed Safranski (d).
Here's the Billy Taylor All-Stars featuring Cannonball Adderley...
I was first exposed to jazz while learning to play chess with my uncles. They would play smooth jazz, and then switch up to more standard types of jazz. But, when they played Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, I was
hooked and I haven't looked back.