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OK it’s a mouthful of a name for a band, but in 1994 when Branford Marsalis decided he wanted to mix things up fusing mainstream jazz with hip hop and rap he also decided to exploit a name previously used by Cannonball Adderley, one of the 1950’s great saxophonists.

This particular piece uses the novel published in 1969 by poet Maya Angelou as an inspiration – hence the spoken words at the start. I love the happy go lucky rhythms and the changes of style allied to that alto sax and guitar.

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About the Curator: Richard Parsons

Richard Parsons - Musicto Curator

I grew up listening to music from the late 60’s onwards. Pirate pop radio; swapping LP’s with friends; exploring genres; daydreaming over the latest woofer and tweeter.

In reality I spent thirty years imparting imperfect knowledge of English literature and drama to young minds in school. Regrets? No. I loved teaching; loved the interaction with the pupils, and made lifelong friends as a result. And what better way to keep up to date with music? I always played stuff in my lessons, and as a result, I’d be bombarded with suggestions from my flock! “Sir! Have you heard…?

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