Nat King Cole – The Classic Billy May Sessions Vol. 1 (1952/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 59:25 minutes | 745 MB | Genre: Jazz
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Nat King Cole started out his musical career working as a trio pianist as the King Cole Trio and it wasn’t until his employer at the time asked him if he could introduce a few vocals into his act that he began his introduction to life as a singer.
When Nat Cole eventually gave up playing piano to concentrate on his singing career he was a great loss to the jazz world as his influence of piano players stretched far and wide. Players like Oscar Peterson, Hank Jones, Monty Alexander among many others to be heavily influence by him and readily admitted it.
Some of the earlier tracks such as “Walkin’ My Baby Back Home” and “I’m Hurtin’” were recorded with Billy May during his slurping saxophone period and is evident on them.
There are a couple of duets with Dean Martin “Open Up The Doghouse” and “Long, Long Ago” we could have done without and “Papa Loves Mambo” belongs in the same category but they do have their novelty value at least.
It is the tracks that make up the two albums “Just One Of Those Things” and “Let’s Face The Music” that are the most successful, swinger’s like “Just One Of Those Things” and “Whose Sorry Now” have superb Billy May arrangements.
Ballads “I Should Care” and “These Foolish Things” are masterpieces of the form, Nat is probably at his best on gently swinging numbers “Just For The Fun Of It” and “I Understand”.
For piano buffs there is a trio version of “These Foolish Things” amongst the bonus tracks which reminds what a fine pianist we lost to the vocal art. There is also a trio version of “Walkin’ My Baby Back Home” with a King Cole vocal.
For lovers of good songs brilliantly interpreted this issue is a must buy.
1. Nat King Cole – Walkin’ My Baby Back Home (Remastered)
2. Nat King Cole – What Does It Take (Remastered)
3. Nat King Cole – Walkin’ (Remastered)
4. Nat King Cole – I’m Hurtin’ (Remastered)
5. Nat King Cole – Angel Eyes (Remastered)
6. Nat King Cole – Lover, Come Back to Me (Remastered)
7. Nat King Cole – Can’t I? (Remastered)
8. Nat King Cole – Papa Loves Mambo (Remastered)
9. Nat King Cole – Teach Me Tonight (Remastered)
10. Nat King Cole – Blue Moon (Remastered)
11. Nat King Cole – With You on My Mind (Remastered)
12. Nat King Cole – Don’t Try (Remastered)
13. Nat King Cole – Send for Me (Remastered)
14. Nat King Cole – Let’s Make More Love (Remastered)
15. Nat King Cole – Don’t Get Around Much Any More (Remastered)
16. Nat King Cole – The Song Is Ended (But The Melody Lingers On) (Remastered)
17. Nat King Cole – You’ll Never Know (Remastered)
18. Nat King Cole – Just For The Fun Of It (alternate take) (Remastered)
19. Nat King Cole – Who’s Sorry Now? (Remastered)
20. Nat King Cole – These Foolish Things (Remastered)
21. Nat King Cole – Once in a While (Remastered)