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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.
Performance CreditsNat 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 CreditsCannonball 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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.