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My Inspiration: Tribute to Nat King Cole SHM-CD, Import

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  • Audio CD (11 Jun. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: SHM-CD, Import
  • Label: Concord
  • ASIN: B00CCTUBJ2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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By Angel Delta TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Jun. 2013
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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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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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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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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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I've watched George performing this material on Youtube and got the impression that he was terrified that the audience would'nt except it and were about to attack him for not churning out his pop hits. That's the price to pay for being a cross-over artiste. I appreciate his love of Nat and this is a worthy tribute. It's not perfect, I suspect the use of a lot of drop ins, have contributed to this album sounding very pieced together. His guitar breaks are wonderful but they seemed nailed in afterwards. I just wish George would stop scatting, its become such a bore. He proved his point, about being able to transfer his musical ideas instantly, from mouth to guitar, long ago, it's a trademark he no longer needs. The girl singer on "When I fall in love" would'nt be out of place in the Chipmunks, but all in all I like this album.
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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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I'm a great George Benson fan,but found this album slightly disappointing,two duets which add nothing to the originals,but Benson is best when he's got out his jazz guitar.and when he's doing that,he's great!
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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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