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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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
on 6 June 2013
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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on 18 June 2013
I've seen Senor Benson in concert many, many times and on most if not all occasions he sang Nat King Cole records and everytime I thought to myself - Why doesn't he put these on an album ?
So here it is, and a great album it is too, the sound quality is superb and makes listening an even greater pleasure.
Separation and clarity of all the instruments are first class, obviously a classy producer.
If I have a complaint it could perhaps and I repeat perhaps be that he sounds too much like Cole rather than a tribute to.
The 8 year old George singing Mona Lisa is a nice touch for us fans who wondered where that recording was.
So I recommend this album to all George Benson fans and lovers of this genre of music
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 July 2013
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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on 17 January 2015
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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on 14 June 2013
Great tribute to a master Nat King Cole BUT not sure about Mona Lisa by Lil' Georgie Benson sort of detracts from the music. Hey it's only 57 secs so have a listen

George gives a good account of Mona Lisa later on in the album but if you buy the album from I tunes(50p more) it gives a calypso version of Mona Lisa by George which is an even better listen
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on 20 August 2013
Album SUPER! ! ! ! Well why not to put a plate in a normal cellophane package instead of in firm paper - a floor not sausage and George Benson! ! ! ! Packing rubbed both parties of a plate - not possibly to listen! ! ! ! ! Very much it isn't happy with such relation to production of plates! ! ! Also costs not small money! ! !
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on 17 September 2013
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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on 16 July 2013
My husband and i loved this cd, the first track when he was young, is really odd, but the rest is superb, what a lovely cd to own. I saw it advertised in a newspaper, and lived hid voice years ago. Get yourself one, you wont regret it!
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on 14 April 2014
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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