Nat King Cole

Sentimental Blue

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The British collection Sentimental Blue gathers some of the highlights of Nat King Cole's stint with his trio in the '40s, including the title track, "Almost Like Being in Love," "It's Only a Paper Moon," and "Bop Kick." Other highlights include the freewheeling "Tiny's Exercise" and "Go Bongo," the smooth ballad "I'm Through With Love," and playful songs such as "Jumpy Jitters." While other collections have anthologized this period in Cole's career more deeply and widely, Sentimental Blue gives a nice sampling of the lively, creative jazz he was recording and performing at this time.

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