Nat King Cole : After Midnight

Nat King Cole : After Midnight


Nat King Cole (piano, vocals), Charlie Harris (bass), John Collins (guitar), Willie Smith (alto sax), Juan Tizol (trombone), Harry Edison (trumpet), Stuff Smith (violin), Lee Young (drums), Jack Costanzo (bongos)

Capitol 782

Pure Pleasure Records : 2 LPs 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Just You, Just Me
A2 - Sweet Lorraine
A3 - Sometimes I'm Happy
A4 - Caravan
A5 - It's Only a Paper Moon
B1 - You're Looking at Me
B2 - The Lonely One
B3 - Don't Let it Go to Your Head
B4 - I Know That You Know
B5 - Blame it on my Youth
C1 - When I Grow too Old to Dream
C2 - Route 66
C3 - I was a Little too Lonely
C4 - You can Depend on Me
D1 - What is There to Say ?
D2 - Two Loves Have I
D3 - Candy
D4 - You're Looking at Me (alternate take)

Recorded from August 15 to September 24, 1956 at Capitol Studios, Los Angeles.

Nat "King" Cole's music is the perfect combination of romantic charm and musical invention. Cole is known for his big production numbers and pop hits such hits as "Stardust" , but he was also an accomplished and unique jazz pianist and excelled in a small-group setting. After Midnight's album cover states that this is a "trio" release. However, Cole is actually paired up with his trio plus five guest soloists (saxophone. trombone, trumpet, percussion and violin). The dubious credits don't matter that much. This is precious music and without doubt, one of Cole's best records. Included here are wonderful and intimate renditions of Cole favourites "Sweet Lorraine", "(Get your kicks on) Route 66" and many others. Trombonist Juan Tizol performs a beautiful version of his Afro-Cuban tune "Caravan", and Cole and violinist Stuff Smith trade some hot licks on the up-tempo "I Know". For anybody looking into understand the depth and breadth of Cole's jazz roots, this disc is an excellent point of departure. 

One of the unfortunate consequences of Nat "King" Cole's exquisite career as a vocalist is that many fans have forgotten what an exceptional pianist he was. Moreover, Cole influenced pianists as chronologically and geographically divergent as Oscar Peterson, Brazil's Tania Maria, and Diana Krall. After Midnight serves up equal doses of Cole's vocals and piano playing. From the lush beauty of "What Is There To Say" to the mid-tempo swing of "When I Grow Too Old To Dream" to the lightening quick "I Know That You Know", Cole confirms his place in both Popular Vocalist history and Jazz Piano history as well. In a recording featuring such luminaries as Harry "Sweets" Edison on trumpet, and the often forgotten violinist Stuff Smith, After Midnight is the perfect offering for any fan of the Nat "King" Cole Trio as well as those fans who are more familiar with Cole as a vocalist. A perfect blend is found here.

This Pure Pleasure LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas.