Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Nat King Cole|
Big Band Cole
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
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Judy M. (Pilly) from WOODLAND HLS, CA
Reviewed on 8/23/2006...
Easy listening. . .very enjoyable.
One great singer, two great bands
Robert C. Topper | Richardson, Texas | 06/26/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Nat King Cole singing with a big band, and the Count Basie band at that. What could be better? Add some sides done with the Stan Kenton band, that's how. The first 11 cuts were released on an album titled "Welcome to the Club" without crediting the band; "Madrid" was done at the same time but not included on the LP. Unfortunately for Basie devotees, he wasn't at the keyboard on these sessions. The CD ends with five recordings Cole did with the Kenton band, on two of which he also plays piano. Interesting is the comparison of the two recordings of the same arrangement of "Orange Colored Sky", the first done in 1950, the second in 1960. Other than the dynamic difference in recording techniques between the two, I was drawn to the improvement in the band's vocal parts. (All those years singing "Laura" must have helped.) There is too much here that is outstanding to single anything out. Instead, I will point out the sole weak spot in the entire CD: the tenor solo by Billy Mitchell on "The Late, Late Show". Everything else is superb."
Excellent Recordings of a Gifted Singer
Robert C. Topper | 03/03/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Great tracks are happening on this CD! It's amazing how many songs this true vocaist recorded. It's so sad that Mr. Cole isn't still around recording songs of today. We have very few contemporary Big Band vocalists (Harry Connick, Jr., Michael Poss, Brian Setzer) that can carry and playfully translate "lush", "cool" vocals against the Big Band sounds. I love "Orange Colored Sky" and "Mood Indingo". Excellent Arrangements on most of these tracks! A 'must have' CD for every N.K.C. fan!"