Work Song (Nat Adderley album)

Work Song
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Studio album by
Released 1960
Recorded January 25 & 27, 1960
Genre Jazz, hard bop
Label Riverside
Nat Adderley chronology
Much Brass
Work Song
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Work Song is an album by jazz cornetist Nat Adderley, recorded in January 1960 and released on the Riverside label. It features Adderley with Bobby Timmons, Wes Montgomery, Sam Jones, Percy Heath, Keter Betts and Louis Hayes in various combinations from a trio to a sextet, with the unusual sound of pizzicato cello to the fore on some tracks.[1]

The title tune was given lyrics and covered the following year by Oscar Brown Jr. on his album Sin And Soul...and then some and has become a standard in both vocal and instrumental forms. It has also been covered in French by Claude Nougaro as "Sing Sing song".


The album is recognised as one of Adderley's finest. The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4Β½ stars, calling it a "near-classic" and stating: "Nat Adderley is heard throughout in peak form, playing quite lyrically. Highly recommended".[2] The Penguin Guide to Jazz awarded the album 4 stars, stating: "Work Song is the real classic, of course, laced with a funky blues feel but marked by some unexpectedly lyrical playing."[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz 4/4 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[4]

Track listing

All compositions by Nat Adderley except where noted.

  1. "Work Song" (Nat Adderley, Oscar Brown Jr) – 4:15
  2. "Pretty Memory" (Bobby Timmons) – 3:54
  3. "I've Got a Crush on You" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 2:55
  4. "Mean to Me" (Fred E. Ahlert, Roy Turk) – 5:01
  5. "Fallout" – 4:54
  6. "Sack of Woe" – 4:28
  7. "My Heart Stood Still" (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) – 6:25
  8. "Violets for Your Furs" (Tom Adair, Matt Dennis) – 3:50
  9. "Scrambled Eggs" (Sam Jones) – 3:20
  • Recorded at Reeves Sound Studios in New York City on January 25, 1960 (tracks 2, 4, 5 & 7) and January 27, 1960 (tracks 1, 3, 6, 8 & 9)



  1. ^ Riverside Records discography accessed February 17, 2010
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed February 17, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2006) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (8th ed.). London: Penguin. pp. 11. ISBN 978-0-141-02327-4.
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 5. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.