Nat King Cole

1945

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Volume Six in the meticulously researched Classics Nat King Cole chronology presents all of the Capitol, Sunset and V-Disc recordings he made between May 23 and December 4, 1945. While most of these sessions were trio dates involving guitarist Oscar Moore and bassist Johnny Miller, the Sunset engagement brought together trumpeter Charlie Shavers, tenor saxophonist Herbie Haymer, bassist John Simmons and drummer Buddy Rich. Two of the six sides -- parts one and two of "Nat's Kick" -- were issued by the French on their Swing label as by the King Cole Quintet. The other titles were released by Sunset under the name of the Herbie Haymer Quintet. "Black Market Stuff" picks up where Fats Waller and His Rhythm left off in 1941 with "Pantin' in the Panther Room."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:51
2 2:54
3 2:42
4 2:55
5 3:13
6 2:51
7 2:50
8 3:08
9 2:40
10 2:03
11 3:06
12 2:55
13 2:52
14 3:02
15 3:15
16 3:08
17 2:17
18 3:00
19 2:29
20 2:53
21 2:47
22 2:53
23 2:47
24 2:36
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