Nat Adderley

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": jazz trumpet hard bop bebop Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: Allmusic VIAF Wikipedia


Nathaniel Adderley, 25 November 1931, Tampa, Florida, USA, d. 1 January 2000, Lakeland, Florida, USA. The younger brother of Cannonball Adderley, Nathaniel was a singer until his voice broke and he took up the trumpet. In the early 50s he served in the army with his brother and played in the 36th Army Band. His professional break came in 1954, when Lionel Hampton asked him to join his riotously swinging, R&B-inflected big band; he stayed for only a year. Later he played with Woody Herman and J.J. Johnson. In 1960, he released Work Song, a brilliant amalgam of the soul jazz for which he is celebrated and a more ‘cool’-style, chamber music instrumentation (including cello and guitar, the latter played by Wes Montgomery). ‘Work Song’ has since become a classic crossing over to pop/rock genres. Vocal interpretations have been recorded by Nina Simone and Eric Burdon of the Animals. Throughout the 60s and early 70s, he played in his brother’s...

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