Nat Adderley

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Born: Nathaniel Adderley, Tampa, Florida, USA
Died: Lakeland, Florida, USA
Active: 50s-90s
Instruments: Cornet, trumpet


Although less known than his brother Cannonball, and somewhat shadowed by him, Nathaniel Adderley had a rich and extended musical career.
Switching from trumpet to cornet, he made debuts with Lionel Hampton, before joining the early Cannonball's formation.
Then playing here and there, success came for the Adderleys at the dawn of the 60's, and Nathaniel sticked with the formation until the death of Cannonball in 1975.
Leading his own quintets, he recorded a number of interesting sessions during the next 20 years for random labels.
While most people can discover him in Cannonball's records, more experienced listeners may dig into one of the later Evidence releases, like the excellent Autumn Leaves: Live at Sweet Basil.

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Nathaniel "Nat" Adderley (November 25, 1931 – January 2, 2000) was an American jazz cornet and trumpet player who played in the hard bop and soul jazz genres. He was the brother of saxophonist Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, whom he remained very close to in his career but under whose shadow he lived for most of his life.

Nat Adderly's "Work Song" is a jazz standard which also became a success on the pop charts after singer Oscar Brown, Jr. wrote lyrics for the tune.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1958 Branching Out Nat Adderley with Johnny Griffin & The Three Sounds 2
1959 Much Brass Nat Adderley 2
1960 Work Song Nat Adderley 5
1961 Naturally!: Nat Adderley Quartets Nat Adderley 3
1966 Sayin' Somethin' Nat Adderley 2
1966 Them Adderley's Cannonball & Nat Adderley 1
1968 The Scavenger Nat Adderley 2
1968 You, Baby Nat Adderley 1
1969 Calling Out Loud Nat Adderley 1
1972 Soul Zodiac Nat Adderley 2
1975 Double Exposure Nat Adderley 1
1975 Top Hat Charlie Byrd featuring Nat Adderley 1
1977 Coast to Coast Cannonball Adderley featuring Nat Adderley 1
1979 That's Nat Nat Adderley 1
1986 Benny Carter All Stars Benny Carter All Stars feat. Nat Adderley & Red Norvo 1
1991 In The Bag Nat Adderley 1
1991 Talkin' About You Nat Adderley 4 1
1994 That's Right!: Nat Adderley & The Big Sax Section Nat Adderley 1
1996 Good Company Nat Adderley 1
1999 A Little New York Midtown Music Nat Adderley 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Introducing Nat Adderley Nat Adderley 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2012 Live At Memory Lane Nat Adderley 1
Don't Look Back Nat Adderley 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 Blue Autumn Nat Adderley 1
2002 Chain Reaction - J. J. Johnson & Nat Adderley 1

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