Nat Adderley gave us music that has feeling. It reaches deep inside and touches something. As former members of his sextet, Scott Whitfield and Vincent Herring honor the trumpeter and composer with this session of lively big band arrangements. "Work Song and "Jive Samba may be Adderley's greatest songs, but Diamonds for Nat offers much lot more. How can we ever forget the wit and the unique manner with which Nat Adderley could interpret a tune?
Howard Johnson opens "Hummin' with a rippin' tuba solo that recalls the down-home feeling that Adderley pumped into his music. Later, Johnson and Dave Schumacher open "Plum Street with an animated baritone saxophone conversation which leads to a big band romp and stomp over foot-tappin' excitement. Scott Whitfield's big band arrangements give the orchestra a warm, blues-based texture. With each selection, he challenges his sections and soloists with coordinated writing that flows seamlessly.
Vincent Herring's alto gives "Work Song and "Jive Samba a passionate interpretation that brings the whole band into focus with a swinging zeal. But when you're working with such classic songs, how can you miss? Whitfield's trombone provides the featured voice on "Roses for Your Pillow, a lovely ballad with a heart-felt message. His velvety smooth melody graces this recommended album with a loving touch that sends out his warmest regards in memory of Nat Adderley.