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  • Audio CD (2 Aug. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hep
  • ASIN: B003TY14X6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 289,566 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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This rare, previously unissued concert recording features Nat King Cole and his trio live at the Carnegie Hall in November 1949. Also featured is the Woody Herman Orchestra who joined the trio for a spirited version of "How High the Moon".

The 1949 Carnegie Hall concert is not mentioned in any discography and is barely mentioned in Cole's biographies. The recording captures the Trio at its peak with Cole playing piano throughout and Irving Ashby on guitar, Joe Comfort on bass and Joe Costanzo on percussion. All the tunes are introduced by Cole and it conveys much of the atmosphere of that special night.

Personnel: Nat "King" Cole (piano, leader), Irving Ashby (guitar), Joe Comfort (bass), Joe Costanzo (bongo), Woody Herman Orchestra (track 15)

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By S J Buck TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 July 2012
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So what more could you ask for? I bought this as a present for somebody else but had to sneak a listen before passing it on. It reminds me of the After Midnight album. The quality of the recording isn't as good as that studio session, and there aren't any guest musicians except for one track, but Nat King Cole doesn't need guest musicians! The trio is superb and Nat's vocals are as sublime as ever. Has anybody ever sung with the clarity and diction that he did. I can't think of anyone. The fact that he was also a brilliant Jazz pianist, which is my main interest, is frequently forgotten these days. Well this album has ample proof of his talent. Highly recommended.
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This CD is a delight. Wonderful music with introductions by Nat "King" Cole, and great musicians. Would absolutely recommend it.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9ed7e948) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1700348) out of 5 stars A Different Side of Nat King Cole 11 Nov. 2010
By JK - Published on Amazon.com
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I read a review of this recently re-released album, and the reviewer raved about Nat King Cole's piano playing ability and how this is a favorite CD of his. He was right; this is an amazing discovery of a wonderful artist! The quality is terrific and you get the feeling it was one of those concerts that was a once in a lifetime event.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e6f6f6c) out of 5 stars Essential for fans; there are better albums for casual listeners 12 Aug. 2012
By Mike Tarrani - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As a hard core Nat King Cole fan and amateur jazz historian this 'discovery' is a delightful listen and a must-have album for my library. For those who track such things, the concert date was November 4, 1949.

However, do not think that this album is the first (or last) to show off Nat's virtuoso piano skills. His playing at Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts showcased those. Check out Jazz At The Philharmonic: feat - Body And Soul [ORIGINAL RECORDINGS REMASTERED] from a July 1944 concert for evidence.

What I love about this album, aside from the historical value, is the music itself. The fifteen tracks are pure Nat King Cole in jazz form. Another treat, because I am a Woody Herman fan, is when his herd joins in on Last Moon, adding icing to a musical cake for me.

Nat's trio at this concert did not include any of the original members. Irving Ashby replaced Oscar Moore on guitar and Joe Comfort took over Johnny Miller's bass spot. Plus, by this point in Nat's career, it was Nat King Cole and his Trio, not the Nat King Cole Trio. The third member was percussionist Jack Costanzo who played bongos on this album.

While Ashby is my second favorite trio guitarist and Comfort's bass was solid, the synergy of the original trio was not there in this performance. Or it just may be my imagination. Regardless, the music is consistently excellent and guarantees that this album will get a lot of play time.

The sound is fairly good for the period, although an audiophile would probably find fault. I wish Ashby and Comfort were a little more prominent in the mix, but that is a personal desire on my part and not a flaw in the recording as far as I am concerned.

My lead-in to this review was a claim that there were better albums for the casual listener. Among a large body of recorded work, I recommend After Midnight: The Complete Session because the sound is superb, it's Nat returning to his jazz roots, and it's the one album I would recommend to anyone wanting a starting place in listening to Nat.

For hard core fans this album is essential. I also recommend that you check out the Nat King Cole Trio 10-CD Set in addition to this album if you want an excellent collection of his early trio years.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e6f6eac) out of 5 stars Nat King Cole, The Forgotten 1949 Carnegie Hall Concert 30 Nov. 2010
By Kat - Published on Amazon.com
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Nat KingCole was not just a singer, but also a fantastic Jazz pianist. This 1949 Carnegie Hall Concert shows all his talents. Wonderful Cd.
HASH(0xa1700a68) out of 5 stars This is really a treasure 26 Jan. 2015
By Sondra - Published on Amazon.com
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Love Nat. This is really a treasure
HASH(0x9effd0a8) out of 5 stars Five Stars 21 Aug. 2014
By bill - Published on Amazon.com
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my favorite artist
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