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Work Song

Nat AdderleyAudio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ojc
  • ASIN: B000000YKA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,727 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Work Song
2. Pretty Memory
3. I've Got A Crush On You
4. Mean To Me
5. Fallout
6. Sack Of Woe
7. My Heart Stood Still
8. Violets For Your Furs
9. Scrambled Eggs

Editorial Reviews

Rather than develop a rivalry with his older brother Cannonball, cornetist Nat Adderley spent most of his first 20 years in jazz making vital contributions (as soloist and composer) to Cannonball's quintet. At various points, however, the younger Adderley reached significant heights with his own outings, including this 1960 gem. Perhaps in search of a distinctive sound, he adds Sam Jones's pizzicato cello to the frontline on five sextet tunes, effectively complementing his own glowing cornet and the guitar artistry of Wes Montgomery. In contrast, he also offers a pair of dreamy ballads with only Montgomery and Jones (on bass) behind him. Everyone from Tennessee Ernie Ford to Bobby Darin would cover Adderley's original title track. Nat's "Fallout," Cannonball's "Sack of Woe," and Jones's "Scrambled Eggs," all featuring the full sextet, find Adderley at his funkiest and also showcase Jones's lively cello. -- Marc Greilsamer

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nat Adderley: Gone But Not Forgotten January 18, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I can't believe I'm the first person to do a customer review of this classic masterpiece. This is indisputedly a towering landmark of the funky, soulful side of jazz, full of bluesy and gospel-drenched flavorings. All of the musicians are outstanding, especially Wes Montgomery at his early best and the late, great Sam Jones. And Nat's ringing, lyrical horn work is in full flower here. "Work Song" is one of the great compositions of all time, covered by countless jazz, blues and rock musicians over the past 40 years.
I was deeply saddened to hear of Nat's recent passing. Often overshadowed by his legendary brother Cannonball, Nat deserves his own eternal place in the pantheons of jazz, blues and indeed all great music. This inspiring album proves why.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible but unfortunately incredibly overlooked.. August 2, 2005
By Dan
Format:Audio CD
I bought this cd for the sole reason that I absolutely loved Paul Butterfield's rendition of 'Work Song' and wanted to hear the original version. I had no idea that I was purchasing probably one of the most listened-to albums in my cd collection.

The first thing I found really creative was the set-up. Nat's ensemble consists of the standard piano bass drums, but also cello, guitar, and cornet as the "horn" section.

The album is incredibly solid and seems to be a mix of primarily blues and slow numbers, mostly the first. This is a majorly blues-tinged album. Work Song has to one of my favorite songs of all time, and you will be humming the tune of Scrambled Eggs well past breakfast time. Nat's cornet is amazing, he is powerful and soulful when he wants to be and delicate and gentle at all the right moments. Wes Montgomery is amazing as always. Sam Jones does a great job of imitating Nat's sometimes lightning fast cornet work on cello. Wow.

If you are at all into jazz blues, or just jazz in general, I guarantee you will listen to this album a lot. These songs have incredible replay value and are all amazing. Definitely give this one a shot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Groove is Held September 8, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Before Endorsing this album I will comment that no matter how many times someone says an album is over-rated it doesn't or shouldn't have to effect the quality of the album. I must note that I am not at all trying to be a hypocrite.

"Work song", besides often being one of the first few tunes in a beggining jazz musician's repetoire, is a bluesy piece meant to evoke the sort of call-and-response feel heard in many elements of black church music, blues, and jazz.

Nat, whose work is often overshadowed by the success of his brother altoist "Cannonball" who was Nats main employer, is one of the few Bop cornetists, an instrument which is usually replaced by a flugelhorn as a trumpeters second choice. His sidemen are also very sophisticated musicians who have all worked with Nat many times before in Canonball's groups. Wes montgomery is a very honest guitar player which is to say that he plays what he feels. Bobby Timmons, an Art Blakeys Jazz Messengers member, is composer of many fine soul-jazz pieces such as "Moanin'", "Dat Dere'", etc. Sam Jones who is usually a bassist plays cello in a sort of funky pizzacatto style and bass on one tune. Ketter Betts and Percy Heath are the two main bassists and both provide stable foundations for the soloists.

Louis Hayes, is another member of Adderleys Group and plays drums more in the Philly Joe Jones/Max roach style. "Fall out" is an intersting track; after Timmons and Adderley take solos, Jones takes a cello solo and then Hayes takes a chorus on drums, during the drums solo, Betts and Jones switch instruments and Betts takes the second Cello solo. All the material is in the Bop/Soul-jazz category and doesn't give the players any hard chord changes to deal with.

"Work Song" is a good-feel record so get it and start feelin' good!
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