The Best of the Nat King Cole Trio: The Instrumental Classics

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All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
For those needing a reminder of Cole's very original and expert piano playing, this 18-track roundup of some of his best instrumentals should fit the bill. Part of Capitol's three-volume series of Cole's classic trio sides (the other two cover the vocals), The Best of the Nat King Cole Trio includes gem after gem from the group's 1943-1949 prime and features the classic lineup that included guitarist Oscar Moore and bassist Johnny Miller. With Cole and Moore seamlessly blending lines throughout, the group forged the standard for many a piano trio to follow by way of classics like "Jumpin' at Capitol," "Sweet Georgia Brown," and "These Foolish Things." Complemented by three...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
For those needing a reminder of Cole's very original and expert piano playing, this 18-track roundup of some of his best instrumentals should fit the bill. Part of Capitol's three-volume series of Cole's classic trio sides (the other two cover the vocals), The Best of the Nat King Cole Trio includes gem after gem from the group's 1943-1949 prime and features the classic lineup that included guitarist Oscar Moore and bassist Johnny Miller. With Cole and Moore seamlessly blending lines throughout, the group forged the standard for many a piano trio to follow by way of classics like "Jumpin' at Capitol," "Sweet Georgia Brown," and "These Foolish Things." Complemented by three sides featuring Cole's later trio mates -- guitarist Irving Ashby and bassist Joe Comfort, plus guest percussionist Jack Costanza -- this instrumental best-of is essential listening for fans of Cole's vintage, pre-"Mona Lisa" material. For more of Cole's fine instrumental work from this period, be sure to also check out Capitol's horns-and-piano title Jazz Encounters.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/1992
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 077779828821
  • Catalog Number: 98288
  • Sales rank: 14,501

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nat King Cole Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor, Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Irving Ashby Guitar
Oscar Moore Guitar
Joe Comfort Bass
Jack Costanzo Bongos, Conga
Johnny Miller Bass
Technical Credits
Michael Cuscuna Producer
Cynthia Cochrane Art Direction
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