Black Gold Weekly
Cannonball Adderley – Things are getting better
Cannonball Adderley with Milt Jackson – Things are getting better
Jazz in the 60s was all about progress and innovation. “Things are getting better” wasn’t just a general statement of optimism, but a specific reference to the evolution of jazz towards more experimental and free forms. Music, culture, and politics were all changing, and jazz was at the forefront of a movement towards a new, more complex and unpredictable world.
This wonderful 1958 recording by Cannonball Adderley already points the way there, with an optimistic but not at all superficial session on Riverside Records. Mr. Adderley is heard for the first time ever together with the great master of the vibraphone Milt Jackson, alto saxophone provided a soulful and bluesy counterpoint to Jackson’s virtuosic vibraphone playing. A record full of spirit, blues, soul – modern traditional jazz for beginners and professionals alike. You will fall in love with it!