Welcome to the Club

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
As the 1950s came to a close, Nat King Cole vocals/piano continued creating stylish renditions of pop and jazz flavored standards. On Welcome to the Club 1959 the artist teams up with Dave Cavanaugh and the Count Basie combo -- minus the maestro himself due to contractual restraints -- for one of Cole's most powerful collections supported by a big band. In fact, it is Cole's unmistakable ultra-cool intonations that flawlessly reign in the fiery -- and at times overbearing -- ensemble arrangements. Right from the start, the vocalist proves that he can swing on the refined and syncopated opening title track "Welcome to the Club." Cole effortlessly bops with a beat so ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
As the 1950s came to a close, Nat King Cole vocals/piano continued creating stylish renditions of pop and jazz flavored standards. On Welcome to the Club 1959 the artist teams up with Dave Cavanaugh and the Count Basie combo -- minus the maestro himself due to contractual restraints -- for one of Cole's most powerful collections supported by a big band. In fact, it is Cole's unmistakable ultra-cool intonations that flawlessly reign in the fiery -- and at times overbearing -- ensemble arrangements. Right from the start, the vocalist proves that he can swing on the refined and syncopated opening title track "Welcome to the Club." Cole effortlessly bops with a beat so catchy that toe-tappin' and finger-snappin' feel practically obligatory. The bluesy "Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere" adopts a slightly melancholy torch feel that Cole ably milks with his unblemished and supple delivery. The same holds true for the definitive take of Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo." The number is swaddled with a suitably subdued score that Cole dutifully conveys to tremendous effect, making it one of the unmitigated zeniths of his association with Cavanaugh. While on the subject, "Wee Baby Blues" follows a bit later revealing another spot-on example of his expressive technique. The tempo picks back up on the rousing, well-heeled "Late, Late Show" that again re-establishes Nat King Cole as one of the premiere voices of mid-20th century jazz. His ability to reel off lyrics as if they were conversational is nowhere as evident as it is here. The pace picks up steam with the full-speed-ahead frenzy of "Avalon" and again, Cole exudes nothing but soul throughout this compact, yet unhurried rendition.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/16/2013
  • Label: Audio Fidelity
  • UPC: 780014215323
  • Catalog Number: 153

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nat King Cole Primary Artist
Dave Cavanaugh Conductor
Technical Credits
Big Joe Turner Composer
Pete Johnson Composer
Al Jolson Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Vic Abrams Composer
Barney Bigard Composer
Nat King Cole Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Billy Moll Composer
Vincent Rose Composer
Clarence Williams Composer
Lee Gillette Producer
John Kraus Engineer
Colin Romoff Composer
Bob Wynne Graphic Design
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Murray Mencher Composer
Noel Sherman Composer
Roy Alfred Composer
Murray Berlin Composer
Charles Warfield Composer
Dick Wolf Composer
Steve Hoffman Mastering
Dave Cavanaugh Arranger
Johnny Lange Composer
Daniel J. Meehan Composer
Neil Morel Composer
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