Nat "King" Cole Riffin': The Decca, JATP, Keynote & Mercury Recordings (3-CD)

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Format: CD  (3 Discs)
Item:  HPOS 176432

CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 3
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  • Originally Released: 2010
  • Label: Hip-O Select

Entertainment Reviews:

Down Beat - p.73
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his smart three-CD collection catches a very un-Capitol Cole in transition when he was still working as a serious jazz pianist."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • Buy for $0.991.Sweet Lorraine
  • Buy for $0.992.This Side Up
  • Buy for $0.993.Honeysuckle Rose
  • Buy for $0.994.Gone with the Draft
  • Buy for $0.995.Gone with the Draft [Alternate Take] - (alternate take)
  • Buy for $0.996.Babs
  • Buy for $0.997.Early Morning Blues
  • Buy for $0.998.Scotchin' with the Soda
  • Buy for $0.999.Slow Down
  • Buy for $0.9910.This Will Make You Laugh
  • Buy for $0.9911.Hit the Ramp
  • Buy for $0.9912.I Like to Riff
  • Buy for $0.9913.Stop! the Red Light's On
  • Buy for $0.9914.Call the Police
  • Buy for $0.9915.Are You fer It?
  • Buy for $0.9916.That Ain't Right
  • Buy for $0.9917.Hit That Jive, Jack
  • Buy for $0.9918.Honey Hush - (featuring Eddie Cole's Solid Swingers)
  • Buy for $0.9919.Thunder - (featuring Eddie Cole's Solid Swingers)
  • Buy for $0.9920.Stompin' at the Panama - (featuring Eddie Cole's Solid Swingers)
  • Buy for $0.9921.(Bedtime) Sleep, Baby Sleep - (featuring Eddie Cole's Solid Swingers)
  • Buy for $0.9922.Honey Hush [Alternate Take] - (alternate take, featuring Eddie Cole's Solid Swingers)
  • Buy for $0.9923.The Way You Look Tonight
  • Buy for $0.9924.Airiness a la Nat
  • Buy for $0.9925.I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me
  • Buy for $0.9926.My Old Flame

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Lester Leaps In
  • 2.Tea for Two
  • 3.Blues (First B-flat Blues): Blues, Pt. 1/Blues, Pt. 2/Blues, Pt. 3
  • 4.Body and Soul
  • Buy for $0.995.Sweet Lorraine
  • Buy for $0.996.The Man I Love
  • 7.I've Found a New Baby
  • Buy for $0.998.Rosetta
  • Buy for $0.999.Bugle Call Rag
  • Buy for $0.9910.One O'Clock Jump
  • Buy for $0.9911.Oh, Lady, Be Good

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • Buy for $0.991.I've Found a New Baby - (featuring Dexter Gordon)
  • Buy for $0.992.Sweet Lorraine - (featuring Dexter Gordon)
  • Buy for $0.993.Rosetta
  • Buy for $0.994.I Blowed and Gone
  • Buy for $0.995.I Cover the Waterfront - (featuring Lester Young Trio)
  • Buy for $0.996.Somebody Loves Me - (featuring Lester Young Trio)
  • Buy for $0.997.I've Found a New Baby - (featuring Lester Young Trio)
  • Buy for $0.998.Back to the Land - (featuring Lester Young Trio)
  • Buy for $0.999.I Want to Be Happy - (featuring Lester Young Trio)
  • Buy for $0.9910.Peg O'My Heart - (featuring Lester Young Trio)
  • Buy for $0.9911.Mean to Me - (featuring Lester Young Trio)
  • Buy for $0.9912.Man I Love, The - (featuring Lester Young Trio)
  • Buy for $1.2913.I Cover the Waterfront [Alternate Take] - (alternate take, featuring Lester Young Trio)
  • Buy for $0.9914.Way You Look Tonight [Alternate Take], The - (alternate take)
  • Buy for $0.9915.Airiness a la Nat [Alternate Take] - (alternate take)
  • Buy for $0.9916.I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me [Alternate Take] - (alternate take)

Product Description:

Personnel: Nat King Cole (piano).
Audio Remasterer: Kevin Reeves.
Liner Note Authors: David Ritz; Norman Granz.
Recording information: Chicago, IL (02/16/1946); Hollywood Recorders, Los Angeles, CA (02/16/1946); Los Angeles (02/16/1946); Los Angeles, CA (02/16/1946); New York, NY (02/16/1946); The Philharmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA (02/16/1946); Chicago, IL (03/14/1941); Hollywood Recorders, Los Angeles, CA (03/14/1941); Los Angeles (03/14/1941); Los Angeles, CA (03/14/1941); New York, NY (03/14/1941); The Philharmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA (03/14/1941); Chicago, IL (03/1946-04/1946); Hollywood Recorders, Los Angeles, CA (03/1946-04/1946); Los Angeles (03/1946-04/1946); Los Angeles, CA (03/1946-04/1946); New York, NY (03/1946-04/1946); The Philharmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA (03/1946-04/1946); Chicago, IL (07/02/1944); Hollywood Recorders, Los Angeles, CA (07/02/1944); Los Angeles (07/02/1944); Los Angeles, CA (07/02/1944); New York, NY (07/02/1944); The Philharmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA (07/02/1944); Chicago, IL (07/16/1941); Hollywood Recorders, Los Angeles, CA (07/16/1941); Los Angeles (07/16/1941); Los Angeles, CA (07/16/1941); New York, NY (07/16/1941); The Philharmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA (07/16/1941); Chicago, IL (07/28/1936); Hollywood Recorders, Los Angeles, CA (07/28/1936); Los Angeles (07/28/1936); Los Angeles, CA (07/28/1936); New York, NY (07/28/1936); The Philharmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA (07/28/1936); Chicago, IL (07/30/1944); Hollywood Recorders, Los Angeles, CA (07/30/1944); Los Angeles (07/30/1944); Los Angeles, CA (07/30/1944); New York, NY (07/30/1944); The Philharmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA (07/30/1944); Chicago, IL (10/22/1941); Hollywood Recorders, Los Angeles, CA (10/22/1941); Los Angeles (10/22/1941); Los Angeles, CA (10/22/1941); New York, NY (10/22/1941); The Philharmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA (10/22/1941); Chicago, IL (12/06/1940); Hollywood Recorders, Los Angeles, CA (12/06/1940); Los Angeles (12/06/1940); Los Angeles, CA (12/06/1940); New York, NY (12/06/1940); The Philharmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA (12/06/1940).
Illustrator: Philip Manning.
Photographers: Rolland Shreves; William Gottlieb.
Nat King Cole spent virtually all of his career with a contract from Capitol. (The classic Capitol Records tower, near Sunset & Vine in Hollywood, wasn't known as "the house that Nat built" for nothing.) But his earliest sides appeared on a range of labels, including, but not limited to, Decca, Keynote, and Mercury. (Aside from what's heard here, the King Cole Trio recorded dozens of effervescent songs between 1938 and 1941 for transcription services, music that has only rarely been commercially issued.) Riffin': The Decca, JATP, Keynote and Mercury Recordings puts a wrapper around a fair share of his non-Capitol sides, some of them early (Decca) and some of them live (JATP) and some of them as a sideman (complete with hilarious noms de plume) for Lester Young and others (Mercury). Best are the early King Cole Trio sides, from 1940-1941, when the group was still writing songs and delivering them with the energy and flair of a club act, making mini-masterpieces from off-the-cuff songs "I Like to Riff," "Call the Police," and "Stop! The Red Light's On." Novelties for sure, but novelties with tight group interplay that showed what small-group swing could do, along with bouncing solos from Cole's piano that earned him fame and influence far beyond what the singer of "Unforgettable" could have garnered. Also well-deserving of attention is his 1946 session with Lester Young (and drummer Buddy Rich) for a Mercury album that sees him giving Young the best accompaniment he would ever receive. The JATP sides cover a Jazz at the Philharmonic concert from 1944 where Cole's piano was heard (faintly) with a jam session including flamboyant, roof-raising solos from Les Paul, Illinois Jacquet, and J.J. Johnson, among others. (Cole's modesty in these circumstances is humbling.) This three-disc wrap-up isn't a unified set -- despite the material ranging only from 1936 to 1944 -- but it captures His Majesty in a range of circumstances; quite fitting for the man esteemed by jazz fans as one of the greatest pianists of all time, and by vocal fans as likely the best interpreter of popular song in the 20th century. ~ John Bush
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