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A new sound in the Jazz of its time,
This review is from: Work Song (Audio CD)
This is a truly great jazz recording. Nat Adderley is often overlookeddue to the renown of his brother Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, with whomhe collaborated throughout his career. This collection of ninecompositions marks one of his creative high-points, and illustrates thathe was a distinctive voice in his own right. Of particular interest arethe two pieces featuring only Adderley himself, Sam Jones on bass and WesMontgomery on guitar. It is clear that the three shared a closeunderstanding of what they hoped to achieve, and it is a pleasure to hearthem play. The full sextet numbers swing relentlessly, with touches ofBop and Blues.
Every musician on this recording offers us somethingspecial. Adderley himself is as earthy and soulful as ever, WesMontgomery on guitar is sweet, powerful and restrained, and alwaysrhythmic. Sam Jones' cello on this album displays his distinctivenon-bowed style to maximum effect, and Keter Betts on bass is assured andremarkably in tune with Louis Hayes outstanding drums.
This albumoffers a sound not often heard in Cool Jazz, and is a worthy addition toany collection. Buy it!