Friday, July 24, 2015

Nat King Cole after Midnight

After several years of hearing criticism from the jazz press about his decision to break up his trio and become a pop singer, Nat "King" Cole was persuaded to record this jazz set. Joined by a strong rhythm section (including guitarist John Collins), Cole welcomed four guests for several selections apiece : altoist Willie Smith, trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison, violinist Stuff Smith, and valve trombonist Juan Tizol. The performances on this CD (which include five selections released for the first time) are quite enjoyable, highlighted by "Just You, Just Me," "Sweet Lorraine," "It's Only a Paper Moon," and "Route 66." Cole did hedge his bet a bit by not recording any instrumentals or having any performances feature his trio without a guest. Despite that, this is a great set, and the last time that Nat "King" Cole would perform an album's worth of jazz material.
Scott Yanow

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Nat "King" Cole
After Midnight


1 Just You, Just Me (Greer, Klages)  3:00
2 Sweet Lorraine (Burwell, Parish)  4:34
3 Sometimes I'm Happy (Caesar, Youmans)  4:08
4 Caravan (Ellington, Mills, Tizol)  2:44
5 It's Only a Paper Moon (Arlen, Harburg, Rose)  3:05
6 You're Looking at Me (Troup)  4:13
7 The Lonely One (Hambro, Heller)  3:46
8 Don't Let It Go to Your Head (Hadamik, LaVere, Nast, Nast)  3:10
9 I Know That You Know (Caldwell, Youmans)  2:28
10 Blame It on My Youth (Heyman, Levant)  4:09
11 When I Grow Too Old to Dream (Hammerstein, Romberg)  3:32
12 Route 66 (Troup)  3:40
13 I Was a Little Too Lonely (And You Were a Little Too Late) (Evans, Livingston)  2:59
14 You Can Depend on Me (Carpenter, Carpenter, Dunlap, Hines)  3:52
15 What Is There to Say ? (Duke, Harburg)  3:34
16 Two Loves Have I (Murray, Murray, Scotto, Trivers)  2:44
17 Candy (David, Kramer, Whitney)  3:52
18 You're Looking at Me (Troup)  4:12


Nat "King" Cole - p & voc
John Collins - g
Charlie Harris - b
Lee Young - dr
Jack Costanzo - cg & bg [# 7 & 8]
Guest artists
Harry "Sweets" Edison - tp [# 2, 5, 12, 14 & 17]
Willie Smith - as [# 6, 8, 13 & 18]
Juan Tizol - tb [# 4, 7, 10 & 15]
Stuff Smith - vl [# 3, 9, 11 & 16]

Recorded at Capitol Studios, Los Angeles ; August 15 (Edison) ; September 14 (Willie Smith) ; September 21 (Tizol) ; & September 24 (Stuff Smith), 1956


wouter said...

thank you for a very welcome upgrade of this great king cole album, mel!

Pippo said...

Thanks Mel, King Cole absolutely delicious ! perfect for new year's eve dinner positive and passionate mood. Please Mel accept my best wishes for an happy and constructive new year.

marcusr said...

Thank You very very much!
It's a excellent album and a great gift for the New Year!

Otis Foster said...

Thanks for more Cole piano, rare treat.

deGallo said...

Thank you for the Nat King Cole After Midnight. This is exceptional.

jazzfriend said...

Excepcional álbum, gracias una y otra vez Mel.

Saludos desde Chile.

Anonymous said...

Thank You and Happy New Year.

Heervee said...

Mel, Thyank you for this magnificent album, well choosen for this end of year period. I'm joining this team of old aficionados to wish you a very good year. Your work is a light in my life. Heervee

Orbyt said...

Highly recommend this session. Great post.

Blue Eyes said...

Yes, GREAT album of Nat King Cole especially with John Collins, and his solos (unfortunately too short) wonderfully tasty !...Bonne Année 2011 Mel !

Jorge Rubén Sosa said...

Gracias Mel por este álbum.
Ah, Happy New Year!!!!
Saludos desde la Patagonia Argentina!

TEO said...

Thanks very very much Mel!!!
One of the few jazz album of the King!!!

Melanchthon said...

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

AmyBRAINS said...

It's a very nice post.
Thanks a lot, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You