Full performer name: Nat "King" Cole/George Shearing.
This edition of NAT "KING" COLE SINGS/GEORGE SHEARING PLAYS contains three bonus tracks from the same recording sessions which did not appear on the original album.
Personnel: Nat Cole (vocals); Ralph Carmichael (conductor); Al Hendrickson (guitar); Paul Horn, Wilbur Schwartz, Justin Gordon (flute, piccolo); Lloyd Ulyate (trombone); George Shearing (piano); Emil Richards (vibraphone); Al McKibbon (bass); Shelly Manne (drums); Carlos Vidal (congas); Nick Martinez, Luis Miranda (percussion).
Producer: Lee Gillette, Tom Morgan.
Reissue producer: Michael Cuscuna.
Recorded at Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, California from December 19-22, 1961. Includes liner notes by Pete Welding.
Digitally remastered by Ron McMaster.
Personnel: George Shearing (piano); Nat King Cole (vocals, piano); Al Hendrickson (guitar); Paul Horn, Justin Gordon, Wilbur Schwartz (flute, piccolo); Lloyd Ulyate (trombone); Emil Richards (vibraphone); Shelly Manne (drums); Carlos Vidal (congas).
Audio Remasterers: Larry Walsh; Ron McMaster.
Audio Remixer: Ron McMaster.
Liner Note Authors: George Shearing; Pete Welding; Will Friedwald.
Recording information: Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, CA, Unites States (12/1961).
Photographer: Ken Veeder.
Arrangers: George Shearing; Ralph Carmichael.
This 1961 recording is a wonderful collaboration between two jazz titans. In fact, it's a shame singer Nat "King" Cole and pianist George Shearing didn't make more albums together. Inviting Shearing to play on this record is an example of Cole's musical selflessness. (A noted pianist himself, Cole might have been insulted by Capitol's suggestion to work with Shearing. Thankfully, history proved otherwise.)
Comprised of 12 tracks plus three bonus takes, NAT "KING" COLE SINGS/GEORGE SHEARING PLAYS combines the intimacy of a piano quartet with the immense sound of a string orchestra. A gentle, swaying "September Song" and a surprisingly subdued "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)" are two fine examples of the record's relaxed mood. Cole and Shearing's interpretation of "Fly Me to the Moon" is especially stirring; performed as a slow ballad, Bart Howard's melody is captured in all its natural beauty on this rendition like never before. For fans of Cole and/or Shearing, this is a must-have disc.