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The Artistry of ... Cannonball Adderley

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 00:00

He was the personification of an intense and impassioned respect and belief in jazz music. Like a warrior he defended the art form to anyone he felt got in its way. In the 60s and early 70s he challenged what he saw as a lack of understanding and respect for the history and validity of the music. Fearlessly and fiercely going as far as to be outspoken about what he observed.

This quote, specific to a time, sums up much of some of his frustrations…, “Black music has been neglected by black leaders who were striving for bourgeois values… Many black school officials frown on jazz. We play at 40 or 50 colleges a year where black kids dance to James Brown or Otis Redding but they don’t know what this music is.” The energy of his passion about the music is his artistry.

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