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Gerald Cannon

by Gerald Cannon

Band leader and bassist Gerald Cannon combines a relaxed cool sound with a hard swing and the beauty of improvisation in these striking original compositions and innovative takes on jazz standards. A fabulous jazz CD.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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1. Little G's Walk
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2. Element's
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3. My One And Only Love
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4. Jeanne's Dream
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5. The Pookie Duke
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6. Faith
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7. Close To You
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8. Shorter's Waltz
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9. Our Love Is Here To Stay
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10. Secret Love
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11. Three Elders
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Gerald L. Cannon

Musician, composer, and artist Gerald Cannon is a true-life 21st century Renaissance man. For that reason one should not confuse his craft with anything but genuine, from the heart artistry.

Born in Racine, Wisconsin, Gerald's initial inspiration was his father Benjamin, a guitarist, who bought him his first electric bass at 10 years old. At 16 he began playing bass in his father's own group, The Gospel Expressions. Gerald attended the University of Wisconsin at Lacrosse, where he met jazz great Milt Hinton. This meeting changed not only Gerald's major in college, but also the rest of his life.

At 19 Gerald transferred to the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee, where he studied jazz/classical bass and piano. He also studied art at Marquette University, which nurtured a natural talent and love of painting. Outside of school, Gerald began working as musical director for vocalist Penny Goodwin, who ultimately became his single greatest mentor. This experience, combined with the subsequent creation of his own quintet Gerald Cannon's Jazz Elements, laid the foundation for a solid reputation as a leader and composer in his own right.

In Spring of 1988 Gerald moved to New York City and began working with some of the most significant jazz artists of our time, including Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Cedar Walton, Billy Higgins, Jimmy Smith, Frank Foster, Little Jimmy Scott, Von Freeman, Stanley Turrentine and Bunky Green. An introduction to Roy Hargrove in 1995 lead to an historic collaboration that achieved national and international success, culminating in the contribution of Gerald's original composition Peri to Hargrove's recording Moment to Moment (Verve).

In 2001, Gerald left Hargrove to join the legendary drummer Elvin Jones. "Playing with Elvin is like going back to school. He continually challenges my creativity." When not working with Elvin, Gerald fills the bass chair of the Cannonball Adderly Reunion Band with Louis Hayes. "His (Louis') sense of swing is unbelievable."

Gerald carries the knowledge passed on to him by legendary bassists such as Ray Brown and Sam Jones, and continues the legacy by conducting master classes throughout the U.S. and Europe. The consummate sideman, musical director, composer, educator, painter and producer, Gerald has now stepped out front as leader with the debut of his self-titled recording Gerald Cannon (Woodneck Records) in 2004.

Like the masters before him, Gerald Cannon has established a fearless, solid groove that distinguishes him as one of the principal figures in jazz.



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Paul Carlson

Gerald's CD is great craftsmanship and very cool jazz.
I'm proud to say I knew Gerald in school and very glad I've discovered his musical passion and work ethic have paid off in this fantastic collection of songs. This cd is going to get lots of play time for anyone who owns it. Definitely great work! Very impressive! Already waiting for Gerald's next cd.

Penny Goodwin

Fantastic ..every tune is great
This CD is awesome .. I'm sooo proud of you Cannon,
you came a looong way from the CROWN ROOM days!

Penny Goodwin

Fantastic ..every tune is great
This CD is awesome .. I'm sooo proud of you Cannon,
you came a looong way from the CROWN ROOM days!

Barbara Schwanen

An exellent album
An exellent album that ultimately shows Gerald Cannon's talent as a musician as well as a composer.
Congratulations to this wonderful man!!

cousin : marvin chones

awesome sound, a long ways from your basement on Lasalle Street, congratulations
I remember the days when you played with you"re Dad's gospel group "the Golden Trulights" in the basement and cried while we played outside the window. "helluva pay off" congratulations.
"luv ya" Boochum

Jo Ann (Hunter-Chones) Hattix

Great CD...Congratulations
I was attending a social function recently in St. Louis and this jazz CD was playing. When I asked the name of the artist they said Gerald Cannon...Congratulations on achieving your life dream…keep the faith and great things will be yours.


Gerald Cannon is a pleasure to be on the band stand with and a great treat to hear on his new self titled CD GERALD CANNON.

A consumate side man whose time to shine is now! The man is definitely a Twenty-First Century Jazz Treasure and in time will be recognized as an international Jazz Bass legend.
Way to go...It has been a long time coming.

Tamm E Hunt
Jazz singer

Cecily Diane Keys

Gerald, you truly have mastered your craft.
Gerald, you truly have mastered your craft. Long way from Uncle George and Uncle Ben, you have made all of us proud. My son loves it (he plays saxaphone) God bless you! See you soon.

Jazz Fan...a student of the Game....

This CD has a true classical jazz flavor, from the roots of the master Ray Brown this CD reminds me of early Ray Brown classics, true to the game, keeping the traditions alive.
"go-head" Gerald Cannon, the best kept secret in the jAZZ world, the next great bassist.Is not a secret any more.

marc verhey

great cd
first I want to congratuate gerald l cannon with his first cd in his name.
back to rootz of jazz.
easy listening. an artist with a great future.
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