Artists in Action #766
Son of a Preacherman #10


Nat King Cole projects

4 comments:

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

dang. That's not how I pictured Nat King Cole, not at all. My 1 & only exposure to NKC was "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire" courtesy of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Christmas Album of 1970 or so i believe. Now I must rethink. Damn you Mister Muleboy!

estiv said...

WAUA, Cole was one of those performers whose late work made him a lot more money than his early work, but...well...

Try this: http://youtu.be/pcetzycdyK8

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

'cause i never take her where the gang goes ... thanks estiv

Amileoj said...

Before gaining path breaking success as a pop singer. Cole was well established as one the very finest Jazz pianists of his era. His ferocious but seemingly effortless swing was much copied, and still is.

Because the bassist's face is turned, I'm not sure if that's Wesley Prince or Johnny Miller (i.e., if this is before or after about '46). But that is most definitely the great Oscar Moore on guitar, with the big, Charlie Christian style pickup on his ax clearly visible just over Cole's shoulder.

Moore was an essential element in Cole's wildly successful development, in the 30's, of what became the classic jazz trio format, at a time when big bands still ruled the roost. Moore has somewhat faded into obscurity since he did not share in leader's huge pop success, but if you love the sound of jazz guitar it is worth hunting down examples of his work. You won't be disappointed!