Nat King Cole – After Midnight (1957/2010)
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Genre: Jazz | © Analogue Productions
This 1957 release from Nat King Cole peaked at number 13 on US album charts and marks the last album Cole recorded with jazz flavour. Despite being billed as a trio recording, Cole is joined on these sessions by musicians including Harry “Sweets” Edison on trumpet and other guests contributing sax, violin, trombone and even bongos.
In this felicitous blending of Nat “King” Cole’s supreme talents as jazz pianist and vocalist with small combos featuring fellow jazz alumni, classic pop and jazz met in a wildly successful brew. A combination of new and familiar songs are featured, including fresh recordings of classic hits like “Route 66”. Musicians include Harry “Sweets” Edison, Juan Tizol, Lee Young, Stuff Smith and Willie Smith augmenting his famous Trio. In addition to the full original album, five additional tracks and two alternates take from the original sessions are included in this release. Mellow, classy, focused and vibrant, After Midnight was a hit and an instant classic upon its release in 1957 and remains a gem to treasure today.
Once Nat King Cole gave up playing piano on a regular basis and instead focused on a series of easy listening vocal albums, jazz fans longed for him to return to his first love. These 1956 studio sessions made up Cole’s last jazz-oriented disc, where he played piano and sang on every number, joined by several guest soloists. Cole’s vocals are impeccable and swinging, while his piano alternates between providing subdued backgrounds and light solos that don’t reveal his true potential on the instrument. Willie Smith’s smooth alto sax buoys the singer in the brisk take of “Just You, Just Me.” Harry “Sweets” Edison’s muted trumpet complements the leader in his interpretation of “Sweet Lorraine.” Composer Juan Tizol’s valve trombone and former Cole sideman Jack Costanzo’s bongos add just the right touch to the brisk take of “Caravan.” Stuff Smith’s humorous, unusually understated violin is a nice touch in “When I Grow Too Old to Dream.” It’s hard for any Nat King Cole fan to ignore these important sessions
01 – Just You, Just Me
02 – Sweet Lorraine
03 – Sometimes I’m Happy
04 – Caravan
05 – It’s Only A Paper Moon
06 – You’re Looking At Me
07 – Lonely One
08 – Don’t Let It Go To Your Head
09 – I Know That You Know
10 – Blame It On My Youth
11 – When I Grow Too Old To Dream
12 – (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66
13 – I Was A Little Too Lonely (And You Were A Little Too Late) [Bonus Track]14 – You Can Depend On Me [Bonus Track]15 – What Is There To Say [Bonus Track]16 – Two Loves Have I [Bonus Track]17 – Candy [Bonus Track]18 – Just You, Just Me [Bonus Track, Take one]19 – It’s Only A Paper Moon [Bonus Track, Take one “Breakdown”]
Recorded at Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, California between August 15 & September 24, 1956.
Mastered from the original first-generation full-track monaural session tapes by Steve Hoffman, Kevin Gray and Gus Skinas to high resolution DSD and standard CD, the exemplary recording is presented in appropriately exquisite sound quality.
Nat “King” Cole – piano, vocals
John Collins – guitar
Harry “Sweets” Edison – trumpet
Willie Smith – alto saxophone
Juan Tizol – valve trombone
Stuff Smith – violin
Jack Costanzo – bongos, congas
Charlie Harris – bass
Lee Young – drums