Nat King Cole

Great Beginnings

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This English reissue CD has ten of the Nat King Cole Trio's 16 Decca recordings, plus 16 selections taken from their early days with Capitol. A single-disc sampler that can be most enjoyed by casual listeners rather than completists, the Avid set contains quite a few classic moments, including two of Cole's first hits ("Straighten Up and Fly Right" and the remake of "Sweet Lorraine"), many fine solos (the versions of "What Is This Thing Called Love," "Body and Soul" and "Easy Listenin' Blues" are particularly memorable), and strong interplay between pianist Cole, guitarist Oscar Moore and either Wesley Prince or Johnny Miller on bass. Although Nat does a bit of singing, there are almost as many group vocals and a healthy dose of instrumentals. All of the material is available elsewhere.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:58 Spotify
2 3:09 Spotify
3 3:02 Spotify
4 3:25 Spotify
5 2:28 Spotify
6 3:23 Spotify
7 3:18 Spotify
8 3:24 Spotify
9 2:30 Spotify
10 3:14 Spotify
11 2:27 Spotify
12 3:00 Spotify
13 3:04 Spotify
14 3:19 Spotify
15 3:11 Spotify
16 3:16 Spotify
17 2:43 Spotify
18 3:25 Spotify
19 2:28 Spotify
20 3:15 Spotify
21 2:32 Spotify
22 2:44 Spotify
23 2:27 Spotify
24 2:48 Spotify
25 3:20 Spotify
26 3:04 Spotify
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