I am back and although I had a great time digging the old world stuff – American music holds a special place in my sonic heart. So what better way to get back into the ‘swing’ of things – no pun intended – than by raiding our jazz shelf….

With that in mind An Sibin and The Public Records proudly present our album for the week of February 25th – The Cannonball Adderley Quintet’s Accent On Africa.

This 1968 Capitol release features Cannonball Adderley on saxes, Nat Adderley on cornet, Earl Palmer on percussion, and several uncredited musicians on vocals, percussion, and horns. The album was arranged and conducted by H.B. Barnum.

Accent On Africa is very percussion and horn heavy and while it does wander around in an unmistakable jazzscape, the structured and repeated themes keep the tracks from becoming too heady or too foreign. African themes are visited but overall the vibes from west and east coasts of the States are overly present and dominant with a big band undertone that never really vanishes.

The instrumentation of this album is fairly basic. Horns, percussion, bass, keys are all played straightforward with not much tweaking and the tracks themselves are kept brisk without the massive solos that can lose a listener. There is a driving and recognizable rendition of Wes Montgomery’s Up and At It.

All in all this funky and energetic album is great for getting an evening started. It is easy enough for a casual jazz listener to enjoy while also being meaty enough for those who are a little more ‘advanced’.

Our own Shannon McNally recommends a hearty el Jimidor Tequila Sunrise to really put the accent on Accent On Africa.

Enjoy and don’t forget to ask about our mystery boxes………