JazzTimes - 3/97, p.99
"...this is classy music for mellow hours, before or after midnight."
Personnel: Nat "King" Cole (vocals, piano); Willie Smith (alto saxophone); Harry "Sweets" Edison (trumpet); Juan Tizol (valve trombone); Stuff Smith (violin); John Collins (guitar); Charlie Harris (bass); Lee Young (drums); Jack Costanzo (congas, bongos).
Producer: Lee Gillette.
Reissue producer: Michael Cuscuna.
Recorded at Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, California between August 15 & September 24, 1956. Includes liner notes by Ralph J. Gleason and Michael Cuscuna.
Digitally remastered using 20-bit technology by Ron McMaster.
Personnel: Nat King Cole (vocals, piano); John Collins (guitar); Stuff Smith (violin); Willie Smith (alto saxophone); The Harry "Sweets" Edison Orchestra, Harry "Sweets" Edison (trumpet); Juan Tizol (valve trombone); Charlie Harris, Lee Young (drums); Jack Costanzo (congas, bongos).
Audio Remasterer: Larry Walsh.
Liner Note Authors: Michael Cuscuna; Pete Welding; Ralph J. Gleason.
Recording information: Capitol studios, Los Angeles, CA (08/15/1956-09/02/1956); Studio A, Capitol Tower, Hollywood, CA (08/15/1956-09/02/1956).
The AFTER MIDNIGHT sessions were Nat "King" Cole's attempt in 1956 to get a little more in touch with his jazz roots, once again accompanying himself on piano--at one time Cole was considered the heir to Teddy Wilson--and playing with a small combo that included Harry "Sweets" Edison on trumpet, Juan Tizol on trombone, and Ray Nance on violin. As such it was a highly succesful date for Cole and Co. and it stands up more than 50 years later. This was no mere jam session but a chance to hear Cole vocalizing in a non-orchestral setting, just like his early trio but this time singing full-fledged standards like "What Is There To Say?" and the beautifully rendered "You're Looking At Me," not just the familiar Cole trio novelties. THE COMPLETE AFTER MIDNIGHT SESSIONS gathers the 21 master takes that were recorded at the time, three more than the previous "complete" edition on Capitol.