When Nat Adderley recorded this album, the quintet led by his brother Cannonball was one of the best known groups in jazz. The coattail effect boosted Nat's visibility, but his formidable technique and musical personality were what earned him enthusiasm and respect from the public, critics, and other musicians. Although he could erupt in blistering passages like those in "Oleo," subtlety, swing, humor, harmonic resourcefulness, and a sense of well- being more often characterized his playing. His compositions and the melodic lines he improvised frequently had aspects of sophisticated folk music. All of Adderley's qualities are generously displayed in Naturally! His cornet stands out at the head of two superb rhythm sections, one from the Adderley brothers' band, the other made up of veterans of groups headed by Miles Davis.
Naturally, Seventh Son (aka Lateef Minor Seventh), Love Letters, This Man's Dream, Chloe, Images, Oleo, Scotch and Water
with Joe Zawinul, Sam Jones, Louis Hayes, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, Philly Joe Jones