Nat King Cole And His Trio - After Midnight [Capitol Records W-782] (1956)

Dynamic Range Released: 1956
Country: US
Label: Capitol Records
Catalog: W-782
Genre: Jazz, Vocal

Item# SR-CAW782
Ratings: C=G+; LP=G+
This reissue: release date unknown

T R A C K L I S T:
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 Route 66

After Midnight
Nat King Cole And His Trio

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Album Review

Ken Dryden []

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.