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Best of Nat King Cole Trio: Vocal Classics 42-46
Nat King Cole
Best of Nat King Cole Trio: Vocal Classics 42-46
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Broadway & Vocalists
  •  Track Listings (22) - Disc #1


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CONRAD S. (conrad777) from ENGLEWD CLFS, NJ
Reviewed on 2/25/2007...
IMO the best Nat Cole jazz vocal CD

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Silky Smooth
M. Allen Greenbaum | California | 11/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is smooth jazz at its finest--not the contemporary non-jazz that usurped that name-- but the light, feathery, and unmistakably jazz work of early Nat Cole. Smooth as silk, really, he has a warm, easy-going, and mellifluous voice (yet it's never bland). While some of the songs are strictly for fun (the great "The Frim Fram Sauce" and the less memorable "But She's My Buddy's Chick") he adds a bit more gravitas to such ballads as "Sweet Lorraine" and lays blue shadings onto "Embraceable You."The comping is wonderful, a classic trio sound with Johnny Miller's beautifully articulated bass, and Oscar Moore's versatile guitar. At times, Moore coaxes a ukulele sound out of his instrument; other times he has an incandescent sound that recalls Django Reinhardt. The trio also sings together: "Straighten Up and Fly Right " is like a Do-Wop jazz song. Cole's piano is the height of insouciance, a soft but always swinging style that gets the most out of the minimum. Other highlights include the signature "Route 66," "I'm Thru with Love," "Come to Baby, Do", and "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons." This is not the "popular" (and over-produced, in my opinion) Cole of latter years ("Lazy Hazy Days of Summer," "Ramblin' Rose," etc.) but a man firmly rooted in jazz. It's been said by many that his later vocal success overshadows the innovations and influence he showed as a young pianist. (For instrumentals only, I recommend his "Penthouse Serenade"). This album gives you both Cole's voice and piano in the great Cole sans-drummer trio; an excellent selection of songs played by a master, backed with empathy and basking in warmth."
Music to neck and drink Martinis by
Nicholas Edwards | Belchertown, MA United States | 10/09/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Everything else has been said about this music that needs to be said - hard to be nostalgic for something you weren't around for (I'm only 26, for cryin' out loud) but good grief! The idea that this was some of the pop music enjoyed by millions - this elegant, sophisticated, intimate music - only underscores the aridity of all of the stuff that makes Billboard nowadays. Cole's
art was above all an art of subtely, of small touches that add up to a distinct and unmistakeable whole - much as the small, decisive brushstrokes of Monet yielded those iconic, idyllic rivers and bridges. Listen to how Cole phrases the penultimate line of "I'm Thru With Love" , that fractional hesitation, that delicate caesura between "For I must have you" and "or no one",
and you'll see what I mean. For a romantic evening indoors on a cold winter night, look no further than the Trio for exactly the right mood. (The instrumental stuff is equally fine too, by the way - he was an amazing piano player. Red Garland didn't come out of nowhere, you know.)"