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|Nat King Cole, George Shearing|
Nat King Cole Sings George Shearing Plays
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
It would be difficult to think of a more perfectly matched pair than this. Shearing and Cole had so much in common--both were brilliant pianists, both had combined good jazz with popular success. They were even born in the... more »
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It would be difficult to think of a more perfectly matched pair than this. Shearing and Cole had so much in common--both were brilliant pianists, both had combined good jazz with popular success. They were even born in the same year. Nat Cole's velvet voice sounds even better with the rhythmic spice of Shearing's quintet, plus strings and percussion. The numbers on this 1961 album are all superb examples of classic American song, by such composers as Duke Ellington, Jerome Kern, and Matt Dennis. Each one is given a fresh and original treatment by arranger Ralph Carmichael. One of the tracks, "Let There Be Love," went on to become a hit single. The overall impression is of emotional warmth beneath a cool, elegant surface. Not surprisingly, Shearing still cherishes this album as one of his favorites in a long career. All that plus three bonus tracks. Unmissable. --Dave Gelly
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Nat and George - What a Great combination!
Gwendolyn S. Miller | 06/08/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Since childhood, I have been a Big Nat King Cole fan. I was so influenced by my parents who loved him, too. On Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon, the house was filled with the sounds of Nat along with other favorites Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra, Ella, Sarah and Rosemary Clooney.
As a adult,I have often loved to kick back and listen to the song stylings of Nat who was often accompanied by Nelson Riddle and Gordon Jenkins who were were the greatest of orchrestra leaders. My husband was the one however who introduced me to the pairing of Nat King Cole and George Shearing. This recording is just the icing on the cake. I have a very strong appreciation for George Shearing now.
Anyone who purchases this CD is in for a musical treat. Enjoy."
Nat's voice is wonderful, but I would have liked...
William E. Adams | Midland, Texas USA | 10/22/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"a couple more "up-tempo" tunes on this disc. Shearing is less in the jazz mode here,and more in his "easy listening" attitude. Each song on the CD, of course, is superbly rendered by these two class acts. I will play the Shearing releases with Peggy Lee, Nancy Wilson, Dakota Staton and Mel Torme more often, much as I do love Mr. Cole. All of them are at least four stars, and worth owning."
Cole and Shearing- a classic duo
Dennis W. Wong | 02/04/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album of the meeting of 2 giants in the music world is a classic. Shearing would try another meeting with a singer, John Pizzarelli but that cd while pleasant is not in the same mode as this album. The songs are a perfect fit for this duo, in fact some of them were repeated for this recent album with the singer/guitarist: "Azure-Te", "Let There Be Love", "September Song", etc. Throughout, Cole blends smoothly with Shearing's gossamer piano stylings with Ralph Carmichael's arrangements complimenting both superbly. This is nice easy listening album to listen late at night with your sweetheart or if alone, a glass of wine or cognac!!"