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The careers of George Benson and his musical inspiration Nat King Cole share a similar arc, both establishing themselves first as highly respected instrumentalists before skyrocketing to crossover success once they began sharing their unforgettable voices with the world. Better known as a jazz pianist first, Nat King Cole’s major breakthrough came in 1943 when he added his melting ... Read more in Amazon's George Benson Store

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  • Audio CD (3 Jun. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00C1CO0XS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,717 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Mona Lisa - Lil' Georgie Benson0:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Just One Of Those Things 2:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Unforgettable [feat. Wynton Marsalis] 5:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Walkin' My Baby Back Home 2:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. When I Fall In Love 4:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Route 66 3:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Nature Boy 2:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Ballerina 2:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Smile [feat. Till Brönner] 3:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Straighten Up And Fly Right 3:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Too Young [feat. Judith Hill] 3:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter 3:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Mona Lisa 3:02£0.99  Buy MP3 

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After four years of touring and developing “An Unforgettable Tribute to Nat King Cole,” the legendary George Benson makes his most inspired album: Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole. This recording is one of the most meaningful of Benson’s career and is a testament to the spirit of Cole’s timeless body of work. Benson’s heartfelt renditions of some of Cole’s greatest songs with Nelson Riddle arrangements and the 42-piece Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra are complemented by duets with Tony Award winner Idina Menzel and rising star Judith Hill, along with a special collaboration with multi-GRAMMY and Pulitzer Prize-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.

Speaking on recording the album Benson says, “I felt every moment of it. You can’t put together a record like this without putting your heart into it. I got that from Nat King Cole. He put his heart into everything he did.”

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Angel Delta TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Jun. 2013
Format: Audio CD
As one of the finest jazz guitarists of all time, a critically acclaimed artist in the genres of soul, jazz and pop and the possessor of a soft, warm and bewitching tenor voice, George Benson is well placed to record a tribute to the art of Nat King Cole. Both Cole and Benson began their professional lives as jazz musicians until their voices became ascendant and took them into mainstream pop.

I don't think that Benson would claim to be the vocal equal of Cole but his phrasing is impeccable, his interpretations are elegant and he retains enough of the jazz influences that shaped his early career to give him that ability to swing with such sophistication on numbers such as "Straighten Up And Fly Right", "Route 66" and "Ballerina".

There are twelve Cole classics here with the big band sound of the prestigious Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. The album begins and ends with "Mona Lisa". First by Benson (aged eight) and then a sublime reading from the adult Benson with a big band arrangement by Nelson Riddle and some sweet guitar from George. He gives us stylish interpretations of the immortal ballads "Unforgettable" (with Wynton Marsalis), "Smile", and "When I Fall In Love" with lush, jazz inflected backings that are timeless in their appeal.

This is an impressive album where voice, songs, band, arrangements and the spirit of Nat Cole combine to forge a piece of work that honours the magic, not only of Cole, but of George Benson, too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By gorgclaud on 6 Jun. 2013
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Its amazing how similar Benson's voice is to Nat King Cole. I never realised it until I heard him singing his songs in more the same tone as him. That being said, you can still tell its Benson and not Cole, which is great and he manages to show us how much of a fan he is, without being over-indulgent or losing track of the music.

Its basically doing the songs in the way the orchestra would do it for King Cole and then Benson comes in with his lovely tones and ad-libs the right amount, which is not much at all, in order to keep this tribute very close to how King Cole sang his songs.

The production is perfect, in keeping with the originals but also adding new things here and there.My favourite track is Unforgettable, because Benson does a smooth, jazzy, summery Samba vibe to it. He does the song for a lovely long time, with jazzy instruments in-between the breaks in chorus and verse and it sends chills down your spine.

I am a fan of both Kng Cole and Benson, though I am a fan of Benson more, and this did not disappoint me in any way, in fact it made me love both of them more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steff on 1 July 2013
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As a big fan of Nat King Cole I had to have it! but he sings it in his own style which makes for a good experience, great for chillin.
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By Mr Andrew C Stephens on 17 Jan. 2015
Format: Vinyl
Super Album from George Benson. Vinyl quality is very good albeit I was a little disappointed that the album stated having a download code although the album was sealed on arrival, there was no code included. So don't be alarmed or upset that when you do receive your copy if there is no download included. For this reason I have only awarded 4 stars. The album it self it excellent and content well produced.
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By saintly lass on 15 April 2014
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All you would expect in a tribute cd. Brill music and excellent vocals
So glad I bought it. Have it in my car and its been on continual play ever since it arrived.
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An avid fan of this man for such a long time. His voca gift and his amazing love and flair for the guitar is outstanding, however, with his introduction to Nat King Cole music was very clever and so well suited!
Janey
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By woodyrat on 27 Sept. 2013
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+Rather my Mother in Law loved it - a birthday present for her 83rd birthday, she had been after the CD for a while.
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By mick woodbury on 17 Sept. 2013
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MYSELF I THINK THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST CD S GEORGE BENSON HAS DONE FOR A WHILE IT IS EXCELLENT,HES A MASTER A TRIBUTE TO NAT KING COLE,HE EVEN SOUNDS A BIT LIKE HIM I LOVE IT ICANT STOP PLAYING IT.ITS ANOTHER CD EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE IN THERE COLLECTION THE GREAT GEORGE BENSON AT HIS BEST
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