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The Best Of The Nat King Cole Trio: Instrumental Classics
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The Best Of The Nat King Cole Trio: Instrumental Classics

17 Feb. 1992 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 17 Feb. 1992
  • Release Date: 17 Feb. 1992
  • Label: Capitol Catalog
  • Copyright: (C) 1992 Capitol Records, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 52:21
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  • ASIN: B001KNN8GY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,766 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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I have always loved Nat King Cole's playing and this CD has everything. His lyrical touch and melodic inspiration are evident in every track. Oscar Moore's guitar playing is also brilliant, though one of my favourite tracks, Peaches, actually has Irving Ashby on guitar. Listening to this makes me wish he had played more piano in his later years and done less singing - a heresy, I know.
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Simply sublime. King Cole doing what he did best. A masterful pianist with a great band. Recommended for pure jazz pleasure.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f27bec4) out of 5 stars Oscar's Primary Progenitor? 12 Aug. 2002
By Giuseppe C. - Published on
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If like me you came to jazz after 1955, chances are you're quite familiar with Nat the pop singing star but know far less about his piano prowess. This is the album that finally set the record straight for me--he was above all a talented, creative jazz pianist whose sensual voice seduced not only the public but Nat as well into listening exclusively to its promises of fame and fortune. Had he not sung a note, he would no doubt have taken his place right alongside Teddy Wilson and Art Tatum. In fact, listening to him on this album is so much like hearing Oscar Peterson (who ironically inherited Nat's singing voice as well) that I've had to revise my life-long assumption that Oscar was above all a descendant of Tatum. The Cole lineage seems ever more traceable, especially when you consider that one of Oscar's favorite jazz performances was "Easy Listening Blues," one of 18 tracks on this CD.
Twenty-five years ago I had a chance to have a brew or two with Monty Alexander. When I asked him if Oscar was a major influence, he responded: "Yes, but not as much as Nat." Now I finally understand what he was talking about.
(Note: No doubt Capitol will replace this 1992 reissue with a remastered version minus the surface noise. Bear in mind, however, that there's always a trade-off: Eliminating "scratchy" sounds also erases high-frequency musical information.)
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ee0203c) out of 5 stars 'Yup...It's Nat King Cole... 11 Dec. 2006
By Jaywilton - Published on
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This has to be the ultimate double take album;everybody I've played it for
says,"That's Nat King Cole?!I knew he could sing,but..." Well, I'm certainly happy to have tracked this down as proof that the critics aren't always wrong;he really was one of the handful of great pianists,ever.And check out the treatment he gives to Rachmaninoff's
'Prelude In C Sharp Minor' and 'Laugh!Cool Clown'-his take on 'Pagliacci' by Leoncavallo.'However,Cole's drummerless trio came about(the cd booklet isn't entirely sure whether drummer Lee Young-Lester's brother didn't show up for a gig or a club owner suggested it-Cole,along with Oscar Moore on guitar and Johnny Miller on bass,was one very fortunate "accident".
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f27bf90) out of 5 stars King Cole Trio, Greatest Small Band Ever 3 Mar. 2006
By G. E. Williams - Published on
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Nat Cole was a great band leader and arranger besides being a great vocalist and pianist. The first eleven selections are outstanding "Jumpin' At Capitol" through "Rhumba Azul." The next four are basically piano solos with accompanment by the guitar and the bass. The last three are average with annoying bongos/congas. But the first eleven, with what Will Friedwald termed the greatest edition of the King Cole Trio (Cole, guitarist Oscar Moore and bassist Johnny Miller), overwhelmingly makes this a five-star CD album from which the inferior quality of the last seven does not detract. In my opinion, Capitol should have included "I Know That You Know," "To A Wild Rose," "Rex Rhumba," "In The Cool Of The Evening" and "Laguna Mood" in lieu of the last seven.

The way Cole, Moore and Miller treated "The Man I Love" by the Gershwin Brothers rates as classical jazz. It is the best rendition of that great work of art that I ever heard. In fact, "The Man I Love" with "Body And Soul," by Johnny Green and et al, Rachmaninov's "Prelude In C Sharp Minor" and Cole Porter's "What Is This Thing Called Love" constitute the greatest date (January 17, 1944) in recorded history for small group jazz.

Enjoy the music by the King Cole Trio as I have since 1963 when I was a fourteen-year old kid.

G. E. Williams, the Mercury Man of White Plains, Westchester County, New York
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f8936e4) out of 5 stars The template for some great trios to follow 1 May 2012
By Mike Tarrani - Published on
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When Nat King Cole started he had to overcome the perception that small groups were not viable entertainment (this was the big band heyday.) What he did, with two kindred spirits - Oscar Moore and Johnny Miller - was to prove that not only could a small trio be a powerhouse, but a drummer was not needed. Pretty heady stuff for the times.

The tracks on this album are not only superb examples of the virtuoso musicianship of Cole, Moore and Miller, but rivaled what was arguably the greatest rhythm section in jazz: Basie, Freddie Green, Walter Page and Papa Jo Jones. However, unlike the All American Rhythm Section, Nat's trio have to also handle melody and harmony. Their music excelled in all three, and especially harmony which set the trio apart from any other small group of not only the era, but just about any trio that has since followed.

Regarding the instruments in the ensemble: Oscar Peterson came close to achieving the same level of musicianship in his earlier trio, which included Herb Ellis on guitar and Ray Brown on bass. One of the best examples of their music (and a good comparison to this album) is Oscar Peterson Trio At The Stratford Shakesperean Festival. This same format was successfully employed by another piano great, Hank Jones, with this album showcasing yet another drummerless piano trio that set high standards: The Very Best Of 1953-1960.

However, it all started with Nat who was fortunate to have found both Johnny Miller and Oscar Moore (and Moore's later replacement, Irving Ashby.) As great as Nat was on piano Moore and Miller made significant contributions to the trio's success, and a careful listen to this album and how they played off each other will illustrate that.

One final note. I am a drummer and have stated the following in the past, and it's still true: Nat's instrumental trio performances opened my eyes (and ears) to how music can be both rhythmic and swing without a drummer. That forced me to carefully examine each instrument - bass, guitar and piano - and how they contributed to time, pulse and rhythm. Taking the time to dissect the music like that has changed my views on the role of a drummers (and humbled me by showing that a drummer can be dispensed with with the right musicians), thus making me a [hopefully] better drummer who is aware of what the other musicians are doing.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ee02348) out of 5 stars Early Nat King Cole, the making of a legend. 20 Aug. 1999
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Before Nat King Cole became famous for his vocal style, he was the leader of this phenomenal jazz trio. This 1992 release showcases Mr. Cole's roots as a jazz instrumentalist. If you're looking to build a great jazz collection, I highly recommend this compilation!
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