Nat King Cole : After Midnight Sessions

Nat King Cole : After Midnight Sessions

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Nat returned to the piano and the sound of his great '40s trio for this 1956 gem, here augmented by five additional tracks and one alternate take! Violinist Stuff Smith, alto saxophonist Willie Smith and trombonist Juan Tizol are featured on four songs each, while trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison stars on five tunes, including mellow, late-night remakes of Sweet Lorraine; Route 66 , and It's Only a Paper Moon . 20-bit Super Bit Mapping remastering insures a hi-fi time.
Nat "King" Cole endured more than his share of scorn and rebuke from all manner of fans and critics. He wasn't jazzy enough to satisfy many, not white enough to please the pop cultural obsession with Anglo- and Euro-American stardom. In answer to all of this, Cole simply proceeded, crooning beautifully even after he'd walked away from the piano and become primarily a vocal sensation. This 1956 collection is famous as Cole's riposte to the critique that he wasn't jazzy. The session brings several Swing Era stars on board: violinist Stuff Smith, trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison, trombonist Juan Tizol, and alto saxophonist Willie Smith. The horns and violin fronted a semistandard jazz setup of guitar, drums, and percussion, along with Cole's own considerable chops on piano. As an improviser, Cole heavily influenced a generation of ivory ticklers, including Oscar Peterson and others, and here he shows himself a stellar pianist. His runs bespeak Cole's utter perfection on the keyboard. This is a crucial document. --Andrew Bartlett

1. [3:02] Just You, Just Me (20-Bit Mastering) (1999 Digital Remaster)
2. [4:35] Sweet Lorraine (20-Bit Mastering) (1999 Digital Remaster)
3. [4:09] Sometimes I'm Happy (1999 Digital Remaster)
4. [2:45] Caravan (20-Bit Mastering) (1999 Digital Remaster)
5. [3:07] It's Only A Paper Moon (20-Bit Mastering) (1999 Digital Remaster)
6. [4:14] You're Looking At Me (20-Bit Mastering) (1999 Digital Remaster)
7. [3:49] The Lonely One (20-Bit Mastering) (1999 Digital Remaster)
8. [3:13] Don't Let It Go To Your Head (20-Bit Mastering) (1999 Digital Remaster)
9. [2:30] I Know That You Know (20-Bit Mastering) (1999 Digital Remaster)
10. [4:12] Blame It On My Youth (20-Bit Mastering) (1999 Digital Remaster)
11. [3:33] When I Grow Too Old To Dream (20-Bit Mastering) (1999 Digital Remaster)
12. [3:43] (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 (1999 Digital Remaster)
13. [3:01] I Was A Little Too Lonely (And You Were A Little Too Late) [20-Bit Mastering]
14. [3:54] You Can Depend On Me (20-Bit Mastering) (1999 Digital Remaster)
15. [3:36] What Is There To Say? (20-Bit Mastering) (1999 Digital Remaster)
16. [2:47] Two Loves Have I (20-Bit Mastering) (1999 Digital Remaster)
17. [3:55] Candy (20-Bit Mastering) (1999 Digital Remaster)
18. [4:12] You're Looking At Me (Alternate Take) (1999 Digital Remaster)

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