Nat King Cole / Nat King Cole Trio

Embraceable You [Excelsior]

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It's difficult to imagine now, but in 1941, when jazz pianist Nat King Cole announced his intention to begin singing, many thought it would ruin his already well-established career. Of course, Cole became possibly even more renowned for his inimitable vocal style than for his exemplary piano playing, as this 11-track compilation of some of his most beloved vocal and instrumental sides illustrates. Cole's mellow baritone was equally suited to languid ballads like "Embraceable You" and "What Is This Thing Called Love?" and sly uptempo tunes like "Straighten Up and Fly Right." A fine jazz songwriter in his own right, Cole also had the unshakeable ability to make any song his own, whether vocally or instrumentally. Nat King Cole belongs on any short list of the greatest pop artists of all time.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:55
2 2:49
3 2:21
4 3:16
5 2:19
6 2:39
7 2:31
8 2:13
9 2:37
10 3:19
11 3:02
12 2:23
13 2:13
14 1:57
15 2:39
16 2:37
17 2:55
18 4:14
19 1:51
20 2:46
21 3:15
22 2:39
23 2:30
24 2:51
25 2:30
26 2:53
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