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George Shearing and Cannonball Adderley Quintets at Newport

2. Cannonball Adderley Quintet: “Hurricane Connie” (The George Shearing and Cannonball Adderley Quintets at Newport; Pablo, 2002 [originally recorded July 5, 1957])

“We wanna do just a dash of a thing that reflects our spirit,” Adderley says, introducing this tune to the crowd at the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival. Well, they certainly do dash. Adderley is at his most Parkerian on this rhythm-changes tune, but there’s a solid current of individuality racing through his lines as well. The energy on the bandstand is enough to tear the place apart. Both Adderley brothers do splendid work, but this recording also shows Cannon’s penchant for forming a killer rhythm section. The tight chemistry of pianist Junior Mance, bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Jimmy Cobb (the source of a lot of the aforementioned raw energy) is a thing to behold, and it spurs the brothers on to increasingly spectacular heights.