Work Song

Work Song

by Nat Adderley


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Work Song

Work Song is a near-classic by cornetist Nat Adderley. Adderley utilizes a cornet-cello-guitar front line with Sam Jones and Wes Montgomery, along with a top-notch rhythm section pianist including Bobby Timmons, Percy Heath, or Keter Betts on bass and drummer Louis Hayes. First up is a fine early performance of his greatest hit, "Work Song." He also helps introduce Cannonball Adderley's "Sack O' Woe." Four songs use a smaller group, with Timmons absent on "My Heart Stood Still," which finds Keter Betts on cello and Jones on bass; "Mean to Me" featuring Nat backed by Montgomery, Betts, and Hayes; and two ballads ("I've Got a Crush on You" and "Violets for Your Furs") interpreted by the Adderley-Montgomery-Jones trio. No matter the setting, Nat Adderley is heard throughout in peak form, playing quite lyrically. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/03/2008
Label: Riverside
UPC: 0888072305069
catalogNumber: 30506
Rank: 13334

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nat Adderley   Primary Artist,Cornet
Louis Hayes   Drums
Sam Jones   Bass,Cello
Wes Montgomery   Guitar
Bobby Timmons   Piano
Percy Heath   Bass
Keter Betts   Bass,Cello
Sam "Stovepipe No. 1" Jones   Bass,Cello

Technical Credits

Cannonball Adderley   Composer
Nat Adderley   Composer
Matt Dennis   Composer
Oscar Brown   Composer
Jack Higgins   Engineer
Orrin Keepnews   Producer,Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Paul Bacon   Producer,Cover Design
Lawrence Shustak   Cover Photo
Ken Braren   Producer,Cover Design
Harris Lewine   Producer,Cover Design
Tom Adair   Composer
Larissa Collins   Art Direction

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Work Song 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When Nat Adderly put together this ensemble, he wanted to try something funky. The front line he ended up with (cornet, cello, and electric guitar) is funky not in the sense that we think of today, but funky in that no one else had ever thought to utilize these three instruments such as Adderly does on this fine record. ''Work Song'' finds cornetist/bandleader Adderly, celloist/bassist Sam Jones, and guitarist Wes Montgomery in good form. I highly recommend this album.