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on 12 April 2015
This is a great discovery made earlier in this decade. In 1960, a terrific big band full of top jazz musicians and led by Quincy Jones was stranded in Europe when the Harold Arlen show "Free and Easy" collapsed. They stayed on for some time, recording and playing concerts, and making money to get home. The work of this band is always well worth hearing, with sharp arrangements and fine jazz soloists. Quite separately, around the same time, the great Nat Cole was in Europe for a month-long concert tour managed by jazz impresario Norman Granz. Norman learned of the band's plight and brought the two sides together for a concert in Zurich. The plan was for the band to open the proceedings, followed by Nat, and then for the two to come together. (Along the way, some strings get in on the act as well.) Nat, whose roots lay deep in jazz and who originally built his reputation on his terrific jazz piano work, was persuaded to drop some of his more "pop"-oriented material in favour of jazz numbers, and there's plenty of his piano playing too. The concert was broadcast by Swiss radio, and tapes of this unique occasion were uncovered in the vaults in recent years. So, here's a rich and varied mixture of terrific music from a one-off occasion. Not to be missed.
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on 8 February 2014
Thankfully Quincy Jones is still with us. What magic to have his orchestra with Nat King Cole recorded live. Thank you Norman Granz for putting it all together. What would we give to be able to watch them in action today! Enjoy the music, the vocals and the piano-playing.
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on 21 February 2014
STRANGE CONCERT WHEN NORMAN GANZ BROUGHT TOGETHER TWO OF THE GREATS. NEEDING AN AUDIENCE AND CASH THE PUNTERS GOT THEIR MONIES WORTH. DON'T EVER FORGET NAT COLE IS A JAZZER. LOVELY FOR WINTER EVENINGS OR DRIVE ALONG
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on 14 February 2014
Buy it!!! Buy It!!!
Brilliant! a live concert with Nat's piano and Quincy's band alternating (well nearly) provides excellent listening.
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on 19 April 2013
Bought as a gift. The recipient thinks this is excellent, especially as it's never been released before, that it includes Nat King Cole playing piano, and that the quality of sound is truly amazing and a surprise considering the recording's age.
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on 20 April 2013
This CD is everything you expect from two fantastic artists and shoud have been issued years ago and the price was right
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on 15 August 2014
Arrived swift and in good nick
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on 21 July 2013
Cool QJ with Nat Cole what a combonation a really classy cd and beeing live at Montreux another bonus. Worth every pennny.
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on 9 October 2014
Excellent
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on 26 August 2013
Content a bit disappointing. The purchase of the CD was still good, but the content wasn't as good as I'd expected.
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