Today, September 15, is the birthday of the great Cannonball Adderley, who released one of my favorite albums, his collaboration with Nancy Wilson I mentioned in a story in February Also this week: Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, starts on Friday night, September 18. I found a way to celebrate both of these today with a look at a whole album, Cannonball’s 1964 recording Fiddler On The Roof, where he and a superb sextet play selections from this famous musical based on Sholom Aleichem’s Yiddish language stories of Jewish life in Eastern Europe (where my ancestors came from).
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This is not a novelty record – Scott Yanow describes it as “the finest album by this particular sextet.” I particularly like Joe Zawinul’s piano playing on the swinging version of “To Life.” The album also includes four non-Fiddler tracks, including a burning version of “Sweet Georgia Bright.”
Shana Tova / שנה טובה – best wishes for a happy, healthy, safe, and sane new year.
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“Sweet Georgia Bright”