Nat Adderley (1931-2000) always ran a fine band, whether his own working group or an all-star gathering like the one on A Little New York Midtown Music. Nat and pianist Victor Feldman had been colleagues in a splendid version of the Cannonball Adderley Quintet. Adderley was a soloist on Johnny Griffin's tribute to Billie Holiday, White Gardenia (OJCCD-1877-2). The pleasure of their reunions is audible. Ron Carter and Roy McCurdy fit right into such high-level company. The music falls into two categories: the wistful nostalgia etched by Nat when his cornet is muted, and joyous swing when his horn and emotions are open. Griffin is an idea foil for Adderley. Feldman plays the electric keyboard that seemed obligatory in the late Seventies, but his musicality and energy are at their height when he is at the acoustic grand.
Fortune's Child, A Little New York Midtown Music, Sunshine Sammy, Yeehaw Junction, Come Rain or Come Shine, Whipitup, Saguaro
with Johnny Griffin, Victor Feldman, Ron Carter, Roy McCurdy