Live at the Circle Room

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
A triple threat if ever there was one, Nat "King " Cole was a wonderful singer, a brilliant pianist and an innovative group leader -- three substantial attributes that can be heard loud and clear on LIVE AT THE CIRCLE ROOM, culled from recently discovered 1946 recordings. Buoyed by the superb guitarist Oscar Moore and bassist Johnny Miller, Cole established a light-toned but heavily swinging sound that influenced such keyboard giants of the 1950s as Oscar Peterson and Ahmad Jamal. On such standards as "I'm through with Love," "Sweet Georgia Brown," "It's Only a Paper Moon," and his trademark song, "Sweet Lorraine" -- as well as now-forgotten ditties like "My Sugar Is...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
A triple threat if ever there was one, Nat "King " Cole was a wonderful singer, a brilliant pianist and an innovative group leader -- three substantial attributes that can be heard loud and clear on LIVE AT THE CIRCLE ROOM, culled from recently discovered 1946 recordings. Buoyed by the superb guitarist Oscar Moore and bassist Johnny Miller, Cole established a light-toned but heavily swinging sound that influenced such keyboard giants of the 1950s as Oscar Peterson and Ahmad Jamal. On such standards as "I'm through with Love," "Sweet Georgia Brown," "It's Only a Paper Moon," and his trademark song, "Sweet Lorraine" -- as well as now-forgotten ditties like "My Sugar Is so Refined" and "If You Can't Smile and Say Yes (Please Don't Cry and Say No)," -- Cole exhibits his inimitable mellow vocalizing and harmonically advanced, elegantly phrased piano work. On the instrumentals "C Jam Blues" and "One O'Clock Jump," the trio moves like a perfectly calibrated Rolls Royce. By his heyday in the 1950s, Cole's gifts as a pianist were largely forgotten in the wake of his huge success as a vocalist. Today, his instrumental talents are all but unknown to the general public. LIVE AT THE CIRCLE ROOM is a great corrective.
All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
A number of live broadcasts by the Nat King Cole Trio have turned up on European independent labels, but this is the first to appear on Capitol. In spite of the usual background noise from a night club, including a cash register, rattling glasses, and the inevitable audience conversations, the sound of these newly discovered performances is far superior to the unauthorized releases of other live dates on labels like Musidisc, Duke, and Swing House. Most of the songs covered were recorded by the trio for Capitol, but there are exceptions: "C Jam Blues," two takes of "My Sugar Is So Refined" -- which deserved a better fate -- and, surprisingly, "I Found a New Baby." Cole's warm vocals are flawless, and the trio's playing is more than up to par. Needless to say, this is an essential release for anyone who enjoys Nat "King" Cole.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/1999
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724352185924
  • Catalog Number: 21859

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Opening Theme - Johnny Miller (0:42)
  2. 2 Oh, But I Do - Johnny Miller (2:54)
  3. 3 I'm Thru With Love - Johnny Miller (3:08)
  4. 4 C Jam Blues - Johnny Miller (3:46)
  5. 5 My Sugar Is So Refined - Johnny Miller (3:10)
  6. 6 I'm In The Mood For Love - Johnny Miller (4:08)
  7. 7 I Found A New Baby - Johnny Miller (2:33)
  8. 8 I Don't Know Why (I Just Do) - Johnny Miller (3:09)
  9. 9 If You Can't Smile And Say Yes (Please Don't Cry And Say No) - Johnny Miller (2:28)
  10. 10 Sweet Georgia Brown - Johnny Miller (2:33)
  11. 11 Sweet Lorraine - Johnny Miller (3:24)
  12. 12 It's Only A Paper Moon - Johnny Miller (3:18)
  13. 13 One O'Clock Jump - Johnny Miller (3:53)
  14. 14 Everyone Is Sayin' Hello Again (Why Must We Say Goodbye) - Johnny Miller (2:21)
  15. 15 Oh, But I Do - Johnny Miller (2:42)
  16. 16 My Sugar Is So Refined - Johnny Miller (3:17)
  17. 17 Closing Theme - Johnny Miller (1:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nat King Cole Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor, Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Oscar Moore Guitar, Vocals
Johnny Miller Bass, Vocals
Technical Credits
Ella Fitzgerald Composer
Nat King Cole Arranger
Michael Cuscuna Executive Producer
Will Friedwald Producer, Liner Notes
Mitchell Parish Composer
Clifford R. Burwell Composer
Sylvia Dee Composer
Sidney Lippman Composer
Kenneth Watts Composer
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