Mike Smith – Unit 7: A Tribute To Cannonball Adderley
Delmark DD 444
It is a very difficult thing, to emulate a style without copying it note for note. Yet, Mike has done this. He has captured the essence of this style and utilized it with enormous individuality. And it’s great. In a word, I am very happy with this recording.
It was difficult for me to listen to this recording. Of course, I didn’t want to make a subjective comparison, but rather listen to it for its merit and its merit alone. What I heard was the music itself-and what music!
-notes by Nat Adderley