Work Song + Movin' Along (2 LPs on 1 CD)
Nat Adderley (cnt), Wes Montgomery (g), James Clay (ts), Bobby Timmons, Victor Feldman (p), Sam Jones (cello, b), Percy Heath, Keter Betts (b), Louis Hayes (d)
Nat Adderley's complete classic Riverside album 'Work Song' featuring the great Wes Montgomery on guitar, Bobby Timmons on piano, Percy Heath and Keter Betts alternating on cello and bass, and Louis Hayes on drums. As a bonus, the complete Wes Montgomery LP 'Movin' Along,' which also features Wes, Sam Jones and Louis Hayes.
01. Work Song 4:15
02. Pretty Memory 3:54
03. I've Got a Crush on You 2:56
04. Mean to Me 5:01
05. Fallout 4:55
06. Sack of Woe 4:28
07. My Heart Stood Still 6:26
08. Violets for Your Furs 3:49
09. Scrambled Eggs 3:20
10. Movin' Along 5:40
11. Tune-Up 4:29
12. I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance 5:03
13. Sandu 3:26
14. Body and Soul 7:20
15. So Do it! 6:06
16. Says You 5:01
Total time: 76:15 min.
Tracks #1-9, from the Riverside album
"Nat Adderley - Work Song" (RLP12-318)
Tracks #10-16, from the Riverside album
"Wes Montgomery - Movin' Along" (RLP 9342)
Personnel on "Work Song":
Tracks #1,6, & 9: Wes Montgomery (g), Bobby Timmons (p), Sam Jones (cello), Percy Heath (b), Louis Hayes (d).
Track #2: Same as above except Keter Betts (b) replaces Heath.
Tracks #3,8: Wes Montgomery (g), Sam Jones (b).
Track #4: Wes Montgomery (g), Keter Betts (b), Louis Hayes (d).
Track #5: Wes Montgomery (g), Bobby Timmons (p), Sam Jones (cello & b), Keter Betts (cello & b), Louis Hayes (d).
Track #7: Wes Montgomery (g), Keter Betts (cello), Sam Jones (b), Louis Hayes (d).
All tracks recorded in New York, January 25 (#1, 6 & 9), and January 27 (#2-5 & 7-8), 1960
Personnel on "Movin' Along":
Wes Montgomery (g), James Clay (fl & ts, out on #8 & 12), Victor Feldman (p), Sam Jones (b), and Louis Hayes (d)
Recorded in Los Angeles, on October 12, 1960
"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."
"Because it was recorded between two of Wes Montgomery's best-known albums (Incredible Jazz Guitar and So Much Guitar), this particular CD is a bit underrated. The great guitarist is teamed with flutist James Clay (who switches to tenor on Wes' "So Do It!"), pianist Victor Feldman, bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Louis Hayes for four standards (highlighted by Clifford Brown's "Sandu" and "Body and Soul"), Sam Jones' "Says You," and two Montgomery originals. The reissue also adds a pair of alternate takes to the fine program. Wes Montgomery made many of his finest jazz recordings originally for Riverside, and this is an often overlooked gem."
Both by Scott Yanow -All Music Guide