On this day in 1961 Cannonball Adderley and Bill Evans recorded three tracks for the Know What I Mean album. Along with the MJQ’s rhythm section, Percy Heath on bass and Connie Kay on drums, they did ‘Waltz For Debby’, ‘Venice’ and the LP’s title track. They had recorded the remainder of the album at the end of January and at another session in early February, all at Bell Sound Studios in New York City.
The album released on Riverside is one of those albums to play to people who say they don’t really like jazz; it’s impossible not to appreciate the musicianship and the complete package they come up with. Their reading of the classic ‘Waltz For Debby, a song about the pianist’s niece, first released on Evans’s album, New Jazz Conceptions in 1956 is beautiful, similarly Evans’s playing on ‘Goodbye’ is sublime.