Sunday, December 20, 2015

Nat King Cole - Capitol's Transcriptions

Between 1946 and 1950, the King Cole Trio recorded nearly 75 titles for Capitol's transcription service, songs that were then serviced to radio stations for airplay. Although Nat King Cole had formed the trio back in 1937, and the group had become immediately successful as a nightclub act, mainstream commercial success had eluded them until the mid- to late-'40s, when Cole's singing talents translated into three huge popular hits : "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons," "Nature Boy," and "Mona Lisa." (The first and last of these virtually bookend the period covered on this compilation.) In 1946, the sky appeared to be the limit for this trio of swingers who summoned a dynamic, refreshing sound — full of power and also grace, humor as well as tender emotions — using only 88 keys and ten strings ; by 1950, though, Cole had virtually disbanded the group and, at live appearances or in the studio, usually stood up from the piano and delivered his songs at the microphone. The material on Transcriptions remained virtually unheard during the past 50 years, and this three-disc set marks its first appearance on CD in America. (While several transcription collections dealing with the King Cole Trio have been issued before, those date from a different time, the late '30s and early '40s.) Cole and his trio in performance, already an intimate, playful affair, were made even more so on these recordings ; transcriptions as a general rule emphasized small groups playing loose arrangements with plenty of time for solos, and usually required only a single take. The bulk of the songs are standards, not all of them recorded by Cole elsewhere, and while versions of many of his medium-level hits appear here — "Route 66," "Too Marvelous for Words," "Honeysuckle Rose," "Body and Soul," "What Is This Thing Called Love" — the sound and feel of them is changed somewhat. Not as ebullient as the early King Cole Trio recordings, Transcriptions exists instead as an alternate history of the late King Cole Trio, full of warmth and displaying Cole's solo and vocal skills in abundance.
John Bush

Soure :

Nat King Cole
Capitol's Transcriptions


Cd. 1

1 F.S.T. (Opening Theme) (Cole)  0:54
2 Just You, Just Me (Greer, Klages)  3:21
3 I've Got the World on a String (Arien, Koehler)  3:16
4 Rex Rhumba (Cole)  3:32
5 But She's My Buddy's Chick (Atkinson, Oliver)  2:31
6 Chant of the Blues (Dog-GoneUnlucky Blues) (Cole)  3:49
7 Rock-A-Bye Basie (Basie, Collins, Young)  3:22
8 Lester Leaps In (Young)  2:30
9 I Don't Know Why (I Just Do) [First Version] (Ahlert, Turk)  2:49
10 I Want to Be Happy (Caesar, Youmans)  2:17
11 I Know That You Know (Caldwell, Harbach, Youmans)  2:23
12 Just You, Just Me (Greer, Klages)  3:21
13 F.S.T. (Closing Theme) (Cole)  2:05
14 I Don't Know Why (I Just Do) (Alhert, Turk)  2:47
15 This Way Out (Cole)  2:31
16 Baby, Baby, All the Time (Troup)  3:16
17 Somebody Loves Me (DeSylva, Gershwin, McDonald)  3:19
18 Too Marvelous for Words (Mercer, Whiting)  2:51
19 Honeysuckle Rose (Razaf, Waller)  2:19
20 How Does It Feel ? (Alfred, Fisher)  3:12
21 Loan Me Two Till Tuesday (Miller)  2:23
22 What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry (Donaldson, Lyman)  2:03
23 You Name It (Cole)  1:57


Cd. 2

1 How High the Moon (Hamilton, Lewis)  3:59
2 You Call It Madness (But I Call It Love) (Colombo, Conrad, DuBois, Gergory)  3:26
3 Tiny's Exercise (Grimes)  2:52
4 After You Get What You Want,You Don't Want It (Berlin)  2:35
5 Body and Soul (Green, Heyman, Sour)  3:46
6 On the Sunny Side of the Street (Fields, McHugh)  3:00
7 I'd Love to Make Love to You (Emmerich, Poll)  2:52
8 Homeward Bound (Feather, Hampton)  3:01
9 What Is This Thing Called Love (Porter)  3:41
10 Mabel, Mabel (Drake, Manners, Shirl)  3:17
11 Swingin' the Blues (Basie, Durham)  2:12
12 Beautiful Moons Ago (Cole, Moore)  2:48
13 I Got Rhythm (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:21
14 Could-'Ja (Carey, Fischer)  3:02
15 One O'Clock Jump (Basie)  2:54
16 How Deep Is the Ocean ? (Berlin)  2:55
17 Route 66 (Troup)  3:00
18 Cole Slaw (Cole)  1:47
19 You Be You (But Let Me Be Me) (Ellis)  3:09
20 It's Kind of Lonesome Out Tonight (Ellington, George)  3:13
21 For Once in Your Life (Fisher, Segal)  2:58
22 Lament in Chords (Moore)  2:58
23 I Never Had a Chance (Berlin)  2:52
24 I Wanna Be a Friend of Yours (Trad.)  2:12
25 Laguna Mood (Cole)  2:57


Cd. 3

1 Dream a Little Dream of Me (Adres, Kahn, Schwandt)  2:50
2 Then I'll Be Tired of You (Harburg, Schwartz)  3:11
3 Little Girl (Henry, Hyde)  2:25
4 Confess (Benjamin, Weiss)  2:58
5 Flo and Joe (Leeds, Varnick)  2:42
6 Lost April (DeLange, Newman, Spencer)  3:03
7 My Mother Told Me (Cole, George)  2:57
8 Exactly Like You (Fields, McHugh)  2:42
9 Part of Me (Cole)  3:23
10 What Have You Got in Those Eyes (DePaul, Raye)  2:34
11 Top Hat Bop (Asby)  3:15
12 Go Bongo (Cole)  3:06
13 Rhumba Blues (Cole)  2:35
14 Boulevard of Broken Dreams (Dubin, Warren)  2:30
15 Peaches (Gibbs)  2:36
16 Don't Let Your Eyes Go Shopping (For Your Heart) (Austin, Smith)  2:23
17 All Aboard (Cole)  2:14
18 Ooh Kickaroonie (Cole, Kickenson, May)  2:14
19 'Deed I Do (Hirsch, Rose)  2:16
20 If I Were You, Baby, I'd Love Me (Rogers)  3:08
21 After My Laughter Came Tears (Tobias, Turk)  2:47
22 Calico Sal (Gordon, Roberts)  2:29
23 Third Finger, Left Hand (Nelson)  3:08


[cd. 1 & 2]
Nat King Cole - p & voc
Oscar Moore - g
Johnny Miller - b
[cd. 3, # 1-6]
Nat King Cole - p & voc
Irving Ashby - g
Johnny Miller - g
[cd. 3, # 7-23]
Nat King Cole - p & voc
Irving Ashby - g
Joe Comfort - b
Jack Costanzo - cng & bng

Recorded at Radio Recorders, Los Angeles & New York City ; between March 20, 1946 & March 9, 1950

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L.O.L. said...


LaroSwing said...

Thank you! Love to hear Oscar Moore's playing...

Jaffa said...

Really wonderful ! Thanks very much, indeed !

Orbyt said...

Wonderful. Much appreciated Mel.

Orbyt said...

I've never noticed this before, but the melody of Guaraldi's "Cast you fate to the wind" is strikingly similar to Coles' "Rex Rhumba."

lucky5 said...

Thanks for sharing !!

deGallo said...

Thank you Mel!!

Luis said...

Great Set! Thank you for the post.

Jeffinprov said...

Terrific stuff! Thank you!!!

MrBill said...

Thank you - love the Trio!

rubberduck said...

Really beautiful.

Many thanks, Mel.

Blue Eyes said...

Awesome post! thank you very much Mel!

ita diegues said...

Thank you melanchthon.

Rick said...

Mel, thanks for the Nat Cole transcriptions. A big pile of his music for me to listen to, along with your other post and some more over at jazzy's place.

Melanchthon said...

Brush&Stick said...

Wow, amazing collection; many thanks!

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel. King Cole's always be my prefered singer, along with Chet Baker. And man, he coudl play the piano. Cheers.

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks Mel.

WOODY said...

Thanks for NKC, this music brings back fine memories to me!

Otis Foster said...

Nice holiday present. Thnx melanchthon

AmyBRAINS said...

A fantastic upgrade to me:
Thanks a loto, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

kristophermc28 said...

Many thanks Mel! I have an MP3 copy of the Mosaic trio set, this will be a nice addition.