Julian Adderley's initial Riverside album was recorded in July of 1958. It was to be the first of fifteen such packages during a working relationship that lasted a full six years and saw Cannonball leap forward from a supporting role in a notable Miles Davis sextet to major stardom as leader of his own group. Portrait strongly reflects some of Adderley's closest associations up to that time: Bill Evans and Philly Joe Jones were colleagues in the Davis band; Sam Jones and Blue Mitchell (also making his first appearance on the label) were friends and co-workers from early days in Florida. In addition, Miles had written a new tune, the memorable "Nardis," to celebrate the occasion.
Minority, Straight Life, Blue Funk, A Little Taste, People Will Say We're in Love, Nardis, plus CD bonus tracks Minority (takes 2-3), Nardis (take 4)
with Blue Mitchell, Bill Evans, Sam Jones, Philly Joe Jones