Riffin': The Decca, JATP, Keynote & Mercury Recordings

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All Music Guide - John Bush
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 ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2010
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • UPC: 602527176437
  • Catalog Number: 001338402
  • Sales rank: 93,350

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sweet Lorraine - Nat King Cole Trio (2:54)
  2. 2 This Side Up - Nat King Cole Trio (2:44)
  3. 3 Honeysuckle Rose - Nat King Cole Trio (2:31)
  4. 4 Gone With the Draft - Nat King Cole Trio (2:41)
  5. 5 Gone With the Draft - Nat King Cole Trio (2:41)
  6. 6 Babs - Nat King Cole Trio (2:24)
  7. 7 Early Morning Blues - Nat King Cole Trio (2:42)
  8. 8 Scotchin' With the Soda - Nat King Cole Trio (2:29)
  9. 9 Slow Down - Nat King Cole Trio (3:07)
  10. 10 This Will Make You Laugh - Nat King Cole Trio (3:12)
  11. 11 Hit the Ramp - Nat King Cole Trio (3:16)
  12. 12 I Like To Riff - Nat King Cole Trio (2:43)
  13. 13 Stop! the Red Light's On - Nat King Cole Trio (2:34)
  14. 14 Call the Police - Nat King Cole Trio (3:05)
  15. 15 Are You Fer It? - Nat King Cole Trio (3:06)
  16. 16 That Ain't Right - Nat King Cole Trio (3:12)
  17. 17 Hit That Jive, Jack - Nat King Cole Trio (2:54)
  18. 18 Honey Hush - Eddie Cole's Solid Swingers (2:49)
  19. 19 Thunder - Eddie Cole's Solid Swingers (2:44)
  20. 20 Stompin' At the Panama - Eddie Cole's Solid Swingers (2:56)
  21. 21 (Bedtime) Sleep, Baby Sleep - Eddie Cole's Solid Swingers (2:49)
  22. 22 Honey Hush - Eddie Cole's Solid Swingers (2:48)
  23. 23 The Way You Look Tonight (3:08)
  24. 24 Airiness a La Nat (2:36)
  25. 25 I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me (3:03)
  26. 26 My Old Flame (2:59)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Lester Leaps In (9:09)
  2. 2 Tea For Two (12:35)
  3. 3 Blues (First B-flat Blues): Blues, Pt. 1/Blues, Pt. 2/Blues, Pt. 3 [Liv (10:35)
  4. 4 Body and Soul (10:37)
  5. 5 Sweet Lorraine (3:14)
  6. 6 The Man I Love (2:53)
  7. 7 I've Found A New Baby (9:33)
  8. 8 Rosetta (6:41)
  9. 9 Bugle Call Rag (4:42)
  10. 10 One O'Clock Jump (2:44)
  11. 11 Oh, Lady, Be Good (3:03)
Disc 3
  1. 1 I've Found a New Baby (4:39)
  2. 2 Sweet Lorraine (4:53)
  3. 3 Rosetta (5:07)
  4. 4 I Blowed and Gone (4:43)
  5. 5 I Cover the Waterfront - Lester Young Trio (4:05)
  6. 6 Somebody Loves Me - Lester Young Trio (3:53)
  7. 7 I've Found a New Baby - Lester Young Trio (4:06)
  8. 8 Back To the Land - Lester Young Trio (4:00)
  9. 9 I Want To Be Happy - Lester Young Trio (3:58)
  10. 10 Peg O'My Heart - Lester Young Trio (4:04)
  11. 11 Mean To Me - Lester Young Trio (4:11)
  12. 12 The Man I Love - Lester Young Trio (4:51)
  13. 13 I Cover the Waterfront - Lester Young Trio (3:56)
  14. 14 The Way You Look Tonight (3:09)
  15. 15 Airiness a La Nat (2:37)
  16. 16 I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me [Alternate (3:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nat King Cole Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Les Paul Guitar, Soloist
Eddie Cole Bass, Vocals
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Dexter Gordon Tenor Saxophone
Illinois Jacquet Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Buddy Rich Drums
Willie Smith Alto Saxophone
Lester Young Tenor Saxophone
Oscar Moore Guitar
Jack McVea Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Jimmy Adams Drums
Red Callender Bass, Soloist
J.J. Johnson Trombone, Soloist
Johnny Miller Bass, Soloist
Wesley Prince Bass
Kenneth Roane Trumpet
Shorty Sherock Trumpet, Soloist
Tommy Thompson Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jackie Mills Drums
Lee Young Drums, Soloist
Bill Wright Tenor Saxophone
Carolyn Richards Vocals
Jacquet Soloist
Clifford "Juicy" Owens Drums
Technical Credits
Dr. Demento Memorabilia
George Gershwin Composer
Count Basie Composer
Eddie Cole Composer
Harry "Sweets" Edison Composer
Earl Hines Composer
Fats Waller Composer
Lester Young Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Oscar Moore Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Cindy Walker Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Jack Pettis Composer
Fred E. Ahlert Composer
Norman Granz Liner Notes
Irving Caesar Composer
Nat King Cole Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Redd Evans Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Ballard MacDonald Composer
Taps Miller Composer
Billy Myers Composer
Jack Palmer Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Wesley Prince Composer
Kevin Reeves Remastering
Elmer Schoebel Composer
Roy Turk Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
David Ritz Liner Notes
Henri Woode Composer
Hollis King Art Direction
Arthur Johnston Composer
Skeets Tolbert Composer
Joe Young Composer
Sam Coslow Composer
Robert Sour Composer
Frank Eyton Composer
Fred Fisher Composer
Clarence Gaskill Composer
Irene Higginbotham Composer
John Alston Composer
Alfred Bryan Composer
Bart Forbes Cover Illustration
Andrew Skurow Tape Research
W. Jack Riley Composer
Philip Manning Illustrations
Quartet Composer
Cliff Burwell Composer
John W. Green Composer
Hiro Furukawa Memorabilia
Earl Dramin Composer
Kohji Mastubayashi Memorabilia
Tohru Seya Memorabilia
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