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(Book). Cannonball Adderley introduces his 1967 recording of "Walk Tall," by saying, "There are times when things don't lay the way they're supposed to lay. But regardless, you're supposed to hold your head up high and walk tall." This sums up the life of Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, a man who used a gargantuan technique on the alto saxophone, pride in heritage, devotion ...more
Paperback, 190 pages
Published February 1st 2013 by Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
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Initial reaction: I think a part of why I loved this account of Cannonball Adderley's life was because of how well it portrayed the man's efforts and accomplishments as well as his personality. This is a rather excellent biography which gives interesting inside details - particularly in the form of interviews, personal narratives, among other inclusions - of Adderley's rise to fame as a Jazz musician and contributor. I was very happy to not only rediscover his music, but discover the man himself ...more
Mike Moore
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
After having just finished this book, I admire the life of this man more than ever. Cannonball Adderley was someone who not only wanted to bring joy to people's lives through music, he wanted to use it as a tool to educate people regarding jazz and its vital role in the United States and around the world. For jazz fans, and fans of music in general, I would highly recommend this book. ...more
Steven D
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cannonball seems almost forgotten today, or regarded as too commercial, but in his day there was no better hard bop combo, and he played a major role in the development of soul jazz as well. His early and middle records hold up beautifully; he struggled to find relevance later in his career, in the late 60s and early 70s, but so did almost everyone in jazz under the onslaught of rock.

This book tells his story very straight-forwardly, talking about both his life and the meaning of his music. It i
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Jc Olsen
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy and 74 Miles Away were albums in my dad’s collection that got me hooked. Ginell’s biography points to other highlights like Somethin’ Else and The Cannonball Adderley Quintet in San Francisco. Also conveys what great guys Cannonball and Nat were, playing and teaching jazz at high schools and colleges while on tour, even at the height of fame.
Bookcat88
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jazz fans will dig this one. This is a well researched biography of a larger-than-life jazz hero. Cannonball Adderly was not only a virtuosic player, innovator, and bandleader, he also shined for his affable nature. He was well loved by audiences during his tragically too-short career, and is studied to this day by jazz musicians of all levels. This is an excellent read for anyone interested in the history of America's indigenous classical music - jazz. ...more
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This book taught me about the life of my favorite saxophone player. Cannonball Adderley is one of the best saxophone players to ever live. This book teaches you on some ways he was was different then the others and some of his techniques.
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