Nat King Cole

Hit That Jive Jack: The Earliest Recordings

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Nat "King" Cole's 16 trio recordings for Decca have been reissued many times (including on this CD), and rightfully so. Cole was already one of the top swing pianists by 1940, his vocal style (best displayed on his first hit "Sweet Lorraine") was quite recognizable, and his trio with guitarist Oscar Moore and bassist Wesley Prince had a memorable sound. Cole's Decca records (his first for a major label) were a breakthrough for Nat, although his Capitol recordings (which started in 1943) really paved the way toward major success. In addition to "Sweet Lorraine," highlights of this fine CD include "Honeysuckle Rose," "I Like to Riff," and "Hit That Jive, Jack" (which has the Trio's most famous group vocal).

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:54 Amazon
2 2:31
3 2:41 Amazon
4 2:41 Amazon
5 2:44 Amazon
6 2:23 Amazon
7 2:29 Amazon
8 3:06 Amazon
9 2:42 Amazon
10 3:12 Amazon
11 2:34 Amazon
12 3:17 Amazon
13 2:43 Amazon
14 3:06 Amazon
15 3:06 Amazon
16 3:12
17 2:54 Amazon
18
feat: Eddie Cole
2:49 Amazon
19
feat: Eddie Cole
2:56 Amazon
20
feat: Eddie Cole
2:47 Amazon
21
feat: Eddie Cole
2:49 Amazon
22
feat: Eddie Cole
2:41 Amazon
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