Shared admiration and shared projects marked the friendship of Joe Williams (1918-1999) and Cannonball Adderley, and Joe Williams Live was one of the most intimate of their joint efforts. In this 1973 session the master singer and the ebullient saxophonist were joined by the members of the Adderley band, electric bassist Carol Kaye, and percussionist King Errisson. Another important element, unusual in studio recording, was a live audience of knowledgeable and appreciative fans. The performances included three blues, among them a new version of a Williams signature, "The Comeback," here called "Who She Do." Williams also sings Duke Ellington's nonpareil statement of family and racial pride, "Heritage," and Tom McIntosh's moving "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow."
with Nat Adderley, Cannonball Adderley, George Duke, Walter Booker, Carol Kaye, Roy McCurdy, King Errisson