In the spring of 1961, the pop music world was treated to one of the rarest experiences an instrumental record, conceived and executed by jazz musicians, climbing into the Top 40 on the Billboard chart of top-selling singles. That was "African Waltz," arranged by Ernie Wilkins for Cannonball Adderley and big band. Its success led to something even more unusual by making possible this album of the same name, in which some highly "soulful" music by such writers as Nat Adderley, Wes Montgomery, Wynton Kelly, Junior Mance, young Quincy Jones, and even younger Chuck Mangione is given the unaccustomed luxury of full orchestral treatment, with the solo spotlight on the Adderleys and Kelly.
Something Different, West Coast Blues, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, The Uptown, Stockholm Sweetnin', African Waltz, Blue Brass Groove, Kelly Blue, Letter From Home, I'll Close My Eyes, plus CD bonus track This Here
with Nat Adderley, Clark Terry, Ernie Royal, Melba Liston, Jerome Richardson, Oliver Nelson, Arthur Clarke, Wynton Kelly, Sam Jones, Charlie Persip, Louis Hayes, Ray Barretto, and others; Ernie Wilkins, conductor