A quintet of Scotland's foremost jazz musicians pays joyous tribute to the bebop/soul music of
Cannonball and Nat Adderley.
'The Adderleys have acquired premier-league champions!' (The Herald)
Since the release of his debut album Twilight Dreams in 2002, Steele’s highly original and melodic
Scottish folk-influenced jazz has won just about every UK jazz plaudit there is; from BBC Jazz CD of
the Year and Jazz Review international CD of the Year (for his album ‘The Journey Home’) to CD of
the year accolades in The Guardian, Observer, Independent and The New Statesman. Steele’s
compositions are inspired by Scottish and Irish folk music, but are firmly rooted in the jazz tradition.
The success of his first two quintet recordings led to a third, 'Through the Waves' being released
internationally by top European label ACT.
Having returned to Edinburgh in 1999 after two years as a scholarship student at the prestigious
Berklee College of Music, Boston, U.S.A., Martin quickly re-established himself on the Scottish scene
as a formidable saxophonist, composer and bandleader. As a composer, Martin became one of the
first recipients of a Scottish Arts Council New Work Grant, to compose and perform a suite of original
music inspired by the work of Scottish artist Eduardo Paolozzi. The project (entitled Hero As A
Riddle), was a major popular and critical success, and in 2008 was named New Project of The Year in
the Scottish Jazz Awards. His most recent compositional work “Dreaming of Ourselves – In Memory
of David Foster Wallace”, is widely tipped to be a ‘must hear’ of contemporary music in 2018.
Cannonball Adderley Quintet
Julian Edwin “Cannonball” Adderley, a legendary alto saxophonist, was born in Tampa, FL on Sept.
15, 1928. Originally a high school teacher, he moved New York City in 1955 where he initially planned
to pursue graduate studies. Instead he made a huge impression on the jazz scene with his virtuosity
and stage persona. He applied his new fame to his first quintet pulling his brother Nat Adderley in on
cornet. In 1959 he was drafted in by Miles Davis to play on seminal album “Kind Of Blue”. Around the
fall of 1959, Adderley left Davis’s band and reunited with his brother to reform the Cannonball
Adderley quintet. Through the early 1960s, The Quintet focused on playing soulful renditions of hardbop
and their live performances were wildly successful.1966 saw the band at their peak, with the
release of the legendary album “Mercy,Mercy,Mercy! Live At The Club”, it’s title track become a
surprise Top 10 hit.