Among his other achievements, Cannonball Adderley pioneered the use of electric keyboards in jazz combos. It was Joe Zawinul's work with Adderley that inspired Miles Davis to have Herbie Hancock "switch on," and (perhaps as a way to return the compliment) Adderley follows Davis's lead on this album by employing two keyboard players. Hal Galper, who would later gain fame with Phil Woods and in his own trio, is at the electric piano and contributes two originals, while George Duke's clavinets and ARP synthesizer add all manner of additional textures. This was the first studio Adderley quintet album after several successful live ventures, and it features the ambitious "Suite Cannon," which traverses a stylistic path from Africa to New Orleans. Brother Nat Adderley's cornet and the seasoned Walter Booker/Roy McCurdy rhythm team are typically sympathetic, and Cannonball even looks back to his roots in a ballad duet with the great Jimmy Jones on piano.
Phases, My Lady Blue, Book-Ends, Pyramid, Suite Cannon (Part 1: the King and I/Part 2: Time In/Part 3: for Melvin Lastie), Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess
with Nat Adderley, Hal Galper, Walter Booker, Roy McCurdy, Phil Upchurch, George Duke, Jimmy Jones