Recorded Live In Zurich 1960
As a singer, Nat King Cole had a voice that enthralled audiences around the world for more than two decades and earned him success in the pop charts with a string of hit singles and albums on Capitol Records. What has remained underappreciated though, certainly among popular music fans, is that Nat was also an incredible jazz musician. His dexterity at the piano put him at the top of the critics' and readers' polls of magazines such as DownBeat who inducted him, posthumously, into the DownBeat Hall of Fame.
Whilst jazz fans might contend that he deserted them for the more lucrative pop market, the truth is that jazz was never far from Nat's work. In fact, Nat's incredible phrasing, timing and perfect pitch, were the very cornerstones of a vocal style born out of his prowess as a jazz musician.
On this recording the balance between Nat's pop and jazz output can be said to have been redressed. Jazz fans will be enthralled to hear the generous portions of his piano playing, and then equally enthralled by the added bonus of an all-star Quincy Jones Big Band in attendance. Whether in full-flight with the big band hanging on his coattails or in the intimacy of his trio, the performances captured on this CD are absolute treasures to be heard and appreciated, time and time again.
- Quincy Jones announcement
- The Midnight Sun Will Never Set
- Airmail Special
- Tea For Two
- On The Sunny Side Of The Street
- The Phantom Blues
- Lester Leaps In
- Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup
- It's Only A Paper Moon
- Sweet Lorraine
- Route 66
- Joe Turner's Blues
- Nat 'King' Cole interview by Lance Tschannen