Tuesday

Cannonball Adderley Quintet

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy! - 1966

It was on the phenomenal title track to this classic LP that most listeners first came to know the name Joe Zawinul. Brooding, funky and brimming with far more soul than you'd expect from a white Austrian immigrant in the mid-1960s, Zawinul's now-legendary Wurlitzer-based composition easily pinpoints the exact moment at which the fusion of jazz and R&B was brought to the masses. Cannonball's career was hardly the same from this point on, and Miles would dive headlong into the brew soon enough with Zawinul as his lead songwriter and keyboardist. The entire Mercy, Mercy, Mercy! LP is a Southern gospel-soaked goldmine from end to end, even if this "live" session was cut in front of a select studio audience with an open bar, but nothing here matches the deep, laid-back groove of that title track. It all started here. So long, Zawinul.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just heard the news of his passing. Very sad. He'll be missed.

Orpheus said...

It just keeps on coming... thanks for another great post. By the way, like your make-over on your blog.

Willard said...

Fitting trib, JR.
This was the album that turned me on to Joe, and there's so much more... Miles, Weather Report, the glorious solo stuff. Sad day.

Anonymous said...

Track 4, "Sticks" is missing.

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy is a fun tune to play, and doesn't get old with time.

Thanks for the post.

Slidewell said...

I've been digging deep into my Weather Report albums ever since I heard he had been hospitalized. People may call it fusion, but, as Joe said so himself, Weather Report were a genre of one! Though some thought WR too slick, Joe was proud of making sophisticated, technically difficult music that was meant for the average listener, and not just the jazz elite. Rest in peace, Joe.

JR HeatWarp said...

Many thanks to all for visiting and remembering Dr. Z on such a sad day. The Heat Warps can attribute a large chunk of posts to him and his influence.

Thanks for the heads up on the missing track. For those in need, here's the mp3 for track 4: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=AVP39GNA

A replacement zip containing all files has now replaced the original link.

drfeelgoed said...

Hell, I didn't even know that Joe had passed away, another one bites the dust...
So this album upload is a fitting tribute, many thanks again!

JBL said...

JR- Thanks for such a stellar remembrance and great post. I can't believe I lived so long without this LP! The group sounds great & Josef Z couldn't have had a better showcase than his showstopping title track. What a groove!

Speaking of grooves, has anyone made any notation on this group being an influence on the Allman Bros? The middle section of "Sack o' Woe" featuring Dr. Z's comping sounds an awful lot like "Jessica". Anyway I guess it's the gospel thing, the soul thing, but it sounds good all around.

Best to you, best to Heat Warpers, and best to Dr. Z's family and friends. Without him, there would be no "In a Silent Way", so thanks for that, Universe.

Vincent said...

I am also a witness to the sheer fury of this phenomenal LP. I still play my old scratchy vinyl copy from time to time just because... http://fufustew.wordpress.com/2007/07/06/its-hot-youre-cool/

Thank you Mr. Zawinul for everything.

Peace and blessings.

infinitefool said...

Great album. Great talent. And a terrible loss.

Anonymous said...

RIP Zawinul - and many thanks for this post.
It deserves to be played around the world.
Peace.

Anonymous said...

Discovered your blog today (or is it yesterday already?) and have gained many riches;- sadly though, all - & I've tried quite a few - the www.lala.com links seem broken...

Thanks so much anyway;-! ;=})

Good strategy to spread the hostings around, but when one drops out...

If you have time sometime, could you consider re-upping the lala ones elsewhere?

Cheers!!!

JR Heat Warp said...

Hey Anon, thanks for dropping in. Unfortunately, Lala went down many moons ago and another service is yet to take its place in offering streaming albums.