Nat King Cole

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This double-CD best-of collects an assortment of Nat "King" Cole's 1940s and '50s jazz and pop material, including his first pop number one, 1946's "For Sentimental Reasons." There's also the wartime R&B hit "Straighten Up and Fly Right," as well as his laid-back, hip version of "Route 66" and more standard fare like "It's Only a Paper Moon" and "Tea For Two." Whether performing jazz or standards, Cole brought an ineffable style and relaxed swing to his material. This selection highlights the essence of his crossover appeal, both between musical genres and between black and white audiences.

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