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Penthouse Serenade/The Piano Style of Nat King Cole

Penthouse Serenade/The Piano Style of Nat King Cole

by Nat King Cole
     
 
This entry in mail-order firm Collectors' Choice Music's series of reissues of Nat King Cole albums pairs two instrumental collections he recorded in the 1950s. In its original form as a 10," eight-song LP, Penthouse Serenade, recorded on July 18, 1952, found Cole returning to the small-band format of his jazz playing days in an ensemble that featured him on

Overview

This entry in mail-order firm Collectors' Choice Music's series of reissues of Nat King Cole albums pairs two instrumental collections he recorded in the 1950s. In its original form as a 10," eight-song LP, Penthouse Serenade, recorded on July 18, 1952, found Cole returning to the small-band format of his jazz playing days in an ensemble that featured him on piano, John Collins on guitar, Charles Harris on bass, and Bunny Shawker on drums (with Jack Costanzo joining in on bongos and conga on "Rose Room," "Once in a Blue Moon," and "Down by the Old Mill Stream"). Three years later, on July 14, 1955, Cole re-entered the studio to cut another four songs so that the album could be reissued as a 12-song, 12" LP. Two songs each were added to the ends of the two sides of the album. Thus, Tracks one-four and seven-ten here comprise the original version, with Tracks five, six, eleven, and twelve being the later additions. At the time Cole did that 1955 session, he was also in the middle of sessions for another instrumental LP, The Piano Style of Nat King Cole, this one featuring a big band and strings (on alternating tracks) arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle. That material takes up Tracks 13-28 here, resulting in a CD that fills the format's capacity by running 80 minutes. It should be noted that, while Cole's mastery of the piano is as evident on these recordings as it was on his earlier, more jazz-oriented work, his orientation by this time, even as an instrumentalist, is in more of a pop direction. The collection is full of standards by such composers as George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Jimmy McHugh, James Van Heusen, Richard Rodgers, Vernon Duke, Vincent Youmans, Arthur Schwartz, Cole Porter, and Burton Lane, and especially on the Piano Style selections, the emphasis is on melody and orchestration over any jazz improvisations Cole comes up with. The Penthouse Serenade tracks naturally allow more space for the piano work, but even here Cole is not straining for invention. Nevertheless, the music is enjoyable, if in more of an easy listening sense than the pianist's '40s classics.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/06/2007
Label:
Collector's Choice
UPC:
0617742082623
catalogNumber:
8262

Tracks

  1. Penthouse Serenade (When We're Alone)
  2. Somebody Loves Me
  3. Laura
  4. Once in a Blue Moon
  5. Don't Blame Me
  6. Little Girl
  7. Polka Dots and Moonbeams
  8. Down by the Old Mill Stream
  9. If I Should Lose You
  10. Rose Room
  11. I Surrender, Dear
  12. It Could Happen to You
  13. Love Walked In
  14. My Heart Stood Still
  15. Imagination
  16. I Never Knew
  17. Stella by Starlight
  18. What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry?
  19. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
  20. Takin' a Chance on Love
  21. April in Paris
  22. I Want to Be Happy
  23. I See Your Face Before Me
  24. Just One of Those Things
  25. I Get a Kick out of You
  26. If I Could Be with You (One Hour Tonight)
  27. I Hear Music
  28. Tea for Two

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nat King Cole   Primary Artist,Piano
John Collins   Guitar
Jack Costanzo   Bongos
Charles Harris   Bass
Nelson Riddle   Conductor
Norris "Bunny" Shawker   Drums

Technical Credits

Vincent Youmans   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Harry Barris   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Anne Caldwell   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Ballard MacDonald   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Nelson Riddle   Arranger
Cole Porter   Composer
David Raksin   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Lee Gillette   Producer
Gordon Anderson   Executive Producer
James Ritz   Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production

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