The Cannonball Adderley Quintet “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” LP Vinyl


The Allmusic review by Steve Huey awarded The Cannonball Adderley Quintet “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” LP Vinyl  5 stars and states: “Adderley’s irrepressible exuberance was a major part of his popularity, and no document captures that quality as well—or with such tremendous musical rewards—as Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.” The Penguin Guide to Jazz awarded the album 3 out of 4 stars, stating: “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy is a hard swinging live album with one of Cannon’s hottest outings on ‘Sticks’.”


Mercy, Mercy, Mercy! Live at “The Club” is a 1967 live in-studio album by The Cannonball Adderley Quintet, the jazz group formed by musician Cannonball Adderley. It received the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Jazz Performance – Group or Soloist with Group in 1967, and was added to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2021.

Though the original liner notes state that it was recorded at the Club DeLisa in Chicago, it was actually recorded at Capitol’s Hollywood studio with an invited audience and an open bar. The reason for this discrepancy, according to the liner notes in the CD reissue, is that Adderley and the new manager of Club DeLisa (which had been renamed “The Club”, after operating for years in Chicago under its old name) were friends, and Adderley offered to give the club a bit of free publicity.