Cannonball Adderley is one of those rare jazz musicians who immediately grabs ahold of your attention with his superior technique and supremely rich imagination. When you combine those traits with the fact he manages to convey a genuine sense of joy in his music, you have one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time. Based in the language of Charlie Parker, but possessing his own indivduality, this former teacher's powers are on full display throughout this recording. A Capitol re-release of a Riverside lp from 1960, Adderley is backed by his brother Nat on cornet, Louis Hayes on drums, the propulsive Sam Jones on bass, sharing the piano chair are Barry Harris (tracks 1-4) and Bobby Timmons (tracks 5-9). While Nat, Harris, and Timmons all provide high points, it is truly Adderley who is on display, ranging from simmering to a rolling boil his solos here are some of his best on record. A superior blues player, his infectious enthusiasm propels Adderley and company through some of the funkiest tracks this side of Horace Silver. There are no throw away tracks on this cd, but Nat Adderley's Work Song, Timmons' Dat Dere, and Cannonball's own Them Dirty Blues are standouts. This is one of Cannonball's best sessions as a leader, and is easily recommended, just buy it and find out for yourself!