Portrait of Cannonball
The Verdict, Brighton
Friday 16th March, 2018
Covering all of the classic Adderley brother’s repertoire, this show was put together by pianist Alex Webb and featured the frontline soloing power of alto saxophonist Tony Kofi and trumpeter Byron Wallen. An entertaining show, but hardly a whistle-stop tour of Cannonball’s career, given that Kofi and Wallen were given plenty of room to stretch out on the solos.
Starting with Caribbean Cutie, from Adderley’s debut album as leader (Presenting Cannonball Adderley, 1955), the first set featured hard bop classics such as Gigi Gryce’s Minority, Sam Jones’s Del Sasser, Miles’s Nardis and the less-often heard Victor Feldman original Azule Serape.
The show was augmented by guest vocalist DeeLee Dubé who gave authentic and memorable performances of pieces made famous on the album Cannonball made with vocalist Nancy Wilson.
Tony Kofi, alto sax; Byron Wallen, cornet; Alex Webb, piano; Andy Cleyndert, bass; Alfonso Vitale, drums; guest vocalist DeeLee Dubé.
[Photo of Tony Kofi by Lisa Wormsley]