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Cannonball Adderley & Mercy, Mercy, Mercy!

Our sacred music this Sunday emerges unexpectedly from the archives of jazz classics, specifically the album Mercy, Mercy, Mercy! Live at “The Club” (1966).

Cannonball Adderley (alto sax), Nat Adderley (cornet), Joe Zawinul (keyboard), Victor Gaskin (bass), Roy McCurdy (drums).

The other unexpected thing is that the writer of this most gospel-infused of jazz standards (Joe Zawinul) came from the mountains of Austria, not from a Baptist church. Zawinul and Wayne Shorter would found the group Weather Report about five years later. In the meantime, many would cover Mercy, Mercy, Mercy!, though this live version continues to be the gold standard. The very first post of this blog featured a cover by Jaco Pastorius, Weather Report’s most famous bassist. It was recorded (probably a bootleg) when he was no longer in Weather Report and was sinking deep into his bipolar disorder in the last years of his relatively young life.


6 responses to “Cannonball Adderley & Mercy, Mercy, Mercy!

  1. amb

    Love this song, and love every name mentioned in this post, too. Filing this one away for future BoFN use!

    • wdydfae

      Some movie trivia that you might like. Cannonball Adderly appears briefly (I’m almost sure) in the movie Play Misty for Me with Clint Eastwood, in a jazz festival scene. Eastwood’s character is a jazz dj.

      From the Wikipedia entry:

      In that same year [1970], his quintet appeared at the Monterey Jazz Festival in California, and a brief scene of that performance was featured in the 1971 psychological thriller Play Misty for Me, starring Clint Eastwood. In 1975 he also appeared (in an acting role alongside Jose Feliciano and David Carradine) in the episode “Battle Hymn” in the third season of the TV series Kung Fu.

      • amb

        I didn’t know that, how cool! I saw “Play Misty for Me” ages ago – thinking it might be time for a re-watch!

      • wdydfae

        How come my “life as a movie” ends up being like Play Misty for Me?

        I just realized I stumbled on a whole series of one liners I can drop into the Comments of your “My Life as a Movie” feature!

      • amb


        You can indeed! I look forward to it. You know I always love it when you visit 🙂

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