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Everything you want from Nat King Cole
on 31 March 2002
A CD with everything you want from Nat King Cole, his voice, his piano, his trio, his kind of jazz and some great guests sitting in. This is the ultimate King Cole recording made in 1956, with five tracks partnered by Harry Edison (trumpet), five with Willie Smith (alto sax.) four with Juan Tizol (valve trombone) and four with Stuff Smith (violin).
I found Juan Tizol disappointing probably because I like my valve trombone player to be a bit more aggressive but the other three fitted in with Cole and the trio superbly. It was my introduction to Stuff Smith and how that man can swing. Harry Edison is everybody's favorite from Sinartra onwards and Willie Smith has a very lyrical style that fits so well with the songs in which he plays.
Throughout Nat and his trio produce some really fine jazz, soft, easy to listen to, on a CD that is well mastered and produced.