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|Nat King Cole|
Hit That Jive Jack: Trio 1940-41
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
These trio performances predate the trio's Capitol hits, but they show without a doubt that Nat Cole had his formula firmly in place well before "Straighten Up and Fly Right". The jivey, early-'40s cocktail swing is alread... more »
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These trio performances predate the trio's Capitol hits, but they show without a doubt that Nat Cole had his formula firmly in place well before "Straighten Up and Fly Right". The jivey, early-'40s cocktail swing is already in full flower. While the Trio's Capitol Records output is truly the most dazzling work of Cole's career, these early Decca sides leave nothing to be desired, and the added advantage of more Cole dazzling piano is worth owning this CD for. While Nat "King" Cole was not yet a legend, he was certainly already a major talent at the time of these sessions, and the music holds up beautifully. --Skip Heller
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Good but really bad sound
ferlez | 12/14/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Well, I said it all, this is a real **HISTORIC** record, full of hiss,clicks etc, but still interesting"
Great, crisp sound, legendary music
Comic Online | Washington, DC United States | 06/24/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In regards to the sound quality, perhaps i'm not hearing what the other reviewers are hearing. No, that's not true. I'm only 33, don't go to loud rock concerts, and i have a high end stereo. Perhaps the problem lies in what you are looking for when you listen to these recordings. They were recorded in 1940-1941, so they do not sound like something recorded today.
Yes, there are some clicks and pops, etc, but they are not overwhelming in the least. With remastering music of this type, in order to maintain the integrity of the music itself, you can't use TOO much noise reduction. While doing so can remove more surface noise, you also get rid of the music. Often times, it will sound muffled, and completely lifeless. Decca Jazz had always done an excellent job remastering their catalog, and this is no exception. The sound is clear, transparent and bouyant. You will hear deep yet realistic bass... warm, full mid-range... and a crisp treble.
Ok, that aside, the music is absolutely gorgeous. This is Nat Cole with his orignal Trio, at a time before smoking ruined Nat's voice. It's smooth and beautiful. If all you know of Nat Cole is 'Unforgettable' and 'The Christmas Song,' you need to get this CD that highlights his unmatched piano playing, and his wonderful young voice."
Baruffaldi Andrea | Viadana (MN) Italy | 12/22/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ok, the sound's not superb, but
this is really one of the best "early" jazz records !"