Cannonball Adderley – Know What I Mean?

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Know What I Mean? is a 1962 album by jazz musician Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, accompanied by Bill Evans and the rhythm section of the Modern Jazz Quartet. It was released on Riverside label as RLP-433.

Barely noticeable on the album cover is a small picture of Bill Evans, directly underneath the sculpture to Adderley’s right (

AllMusic Review by Rick Anderson:
What’s better than a Bill Evans Trio album? How about a Bill Evans trio album on which the bassist is Percy Heath, the drummer is Connie Kay, and the leader is not Evans but alto sax god Cannonball Adderley, making the group actually a quartet? It’s a different sort of ensemble, to be sure, and the musical results are marvelous. Adderley’s playing on “Waltz for Debby” is both muscular and sensitive, as it is on the other Evans composition here, a modal ballad called “Know What I Mean?” Other treats include the sprightly “Toy” and two takes of the Gershwin classic “Who Cares?” The focus here is, of course, on Adderley’s excellent post-bop stylings, but it’s also interesting to hear Evans playing with a rhythm section as staid and conservative as Kay and Heath (both charter members of the Modern Jazz Quartet). It’s hard to imagine any fan of mainstream jazz not finding much to love on this very fine recording (

Track listing:
“Waltz for Debby” (Bill Evans, Gene Lees) – 5:15
“Goodbye” (Gordon Jenkins) – 6:15
“Who Cares?” (Take 5) (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 5:57
“Venice” (John Lewis) – 2:55
“Toy” (Clifford Jordan) – 5:09
“Elsa” (Earl Zindars) – 5:52
“Nancy (With the Laughing Face)” (Phil Silvers, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 4:08
“Know What I Mean?” (Re-take 7) (Evans) – 4:54
“Who Cares?” (Take 4) – 5:55
“Know What I Mean?” (Take 12) – 7:01
Tracks 2-3, 7, 9-10 recorded on January 27, 1961; tracks 5 & 6 on February 21; tracks 1, 4 & 8 recorded on March 13, 1961, all at Bell Sound Studios, New York City.

Cannonball Adderley – alto saxophone, leader
Bill Evans – piano
Percy Heath – bass
Connie Kay – drums


Released: October/November 1962
Recorded: January 27, February 21, March 13, 1961
Bell Sound Studios, New York City
Length: 53:00
Label: Riverside
Producer: Orrin Keepnews