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P.S. Mr. Cole
     

P.S. Mr. Cole

by John Pizzarelli
 

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P.S. MR. COLE, a follow-up to John Pizzarelli's DEAR MR. COLE, finds the guitarist and vocalist again paying tribute to one of his greatest influences, Nat "King" Cole. Pizzarelli, thankfully, is no glib neo-swing revivalist; a skilled instrumentalist and lightly swinging singer, he obviously reveres Cole's work, and has studied its nuanced details. Pizzarelli's

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P.S. MR. COLE, a follow-up to John Pizzarelli's DEAR MR. COLE, finds the guitarist and vocalist again paying tribute to one of his greatest influences, Nat "King" Cole. Pizzarelli, thankfully, is no glib neo-swing revivalist; a skilled instrumentalist and lightly swinging singer, he obviously reveres Cole's work, and has studied its nuanced details. Pizzarelli's guitar-piano-bass trio echoes Cole's dexterous 1940's unit (although a few tunes are fleshed out by Harry Allen's idiomatically correct tenor saxophone), while the song selection of P.S. MR. COLE glides blithely over gems from Cole's early repertoire ("I'm an Errand Boy for Rhythm," "Meet Me at No Special Place") and established hits ("Walkin' My Baby Back Home," "I Love you for Sentimental Reasons"). A special recording for a special musician.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Just as when we listen to Harry Connick, Jr., there's a sense that John Pizzarelli is an old soul who is living back in the 1940s and '50s golden age of music and that listeners are time-traveling with him. But that just bears testament to the timeless nature of his easy vocals, lush and often snappy electric guitar work and the loving way he embraces classic material. P.S. Mr. Cole, the follow-up to Dear Mr. Cole is as, pardon the expression, unforgettable as his first tribute to the grace and panache of Nat King Cole. Just as with his recent tribute to the Beatles, Pizzarelli is just fine on the soft, sparse ballads but saves his most interesting interpretations for swinging trio arrangements. Because this is the sequel, the tunes aren't all household hums, and that makes this even more interesting. "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" swings gently along, breaks for a colorful guitar-piano duet (with Ray Kennedy), then speeds up towards the dramatic conclusion. "Welcome to the Club," whose lyric marvelously chronicles the shared experience of being a fool in love, opens with the singer scatting over a buoyant rhythm section (cleverly belying the melancholy nature of the theme). Other titles he adds his unique flair to are "The Late Late Show," "Tenderly," and Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" (which could have perhaps been done with a little more wryness). Recently Pizzarelli declared that he's not intimidated putting his own originals alongside classics, and his tribute tune, "That's Nat," is one of the most adventurous pieces here. Perhaps Pizzarelli should do a few duets next time with Natalie Cole. That would be unforgettable, too.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/01/2009
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886975002825
catalogNumber:
750028

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Pizzarelli   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Harry Allen   Tenor Saxophone
Martin Pizzarelli   Bass

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
William Best   Composer
Charlie Chaplin   Composer
Nat King Cole   Composer
Jim Czak   Engineer
Ray Evans   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Ballard MacDonald   Composer
John Pizzarelli   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Roy Turk   Composer
Deek Watson   Composer
Harry Richman   Composer
Ikuyoshi Hirakawa   Producer
Drew Lavyne   Producer
J. Russel Robinson   Composer
Joan Whitney   Composer
Frank LaVere   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Noel Sherman   Composer
Arthur Terker   Composer
Roy Alfred   Composer
Murray Berlin   Composer
Don Wolf   Composer
Alex Kramer   Composer
John Pizzarelli Trio   Arranger
Henry Hadamik   Composer
Bob Nast   Composer
Harry Pyle   Composer
James Hanley   Composer
Andrew Tenenbaum   Management
Daisuke Unno   Art Direction
Joseph Edward Cosgriff   Composer
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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