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Transcriptions Vol. 4

With The Dreamers





  1. Trompin’
  2. You’re My Life
  3. Hoy Soy
  4. Black Spider Stomp
  5. Take’Em
  6. Scategoria
  7. Rhythm Serenade
  8. Rib Town Shuffle
  9. Music’ll Chase Your Blues Away
  10. I’ll Gather Up My Memories
  11. A Fool’s Affair
  12. Jump, Jack, Jump
  13. I Knew A Time
  14. Mine You’ll Always Be
  15. Doin’ The Bow Wow
  16. Lilla Mae
  17. Slew Foot Joe
  18. 1,2,3,4
  19. Crazy’ Bout Rhythm
  20. Off the Beam
  21. King Cole Blues
  22. Jivin’ with the Notes.

Nat Cole – Piano & Vocals

Oscar Moore – Guitar & Vocals

Wesley Prince – Bass & Vocals

Vocals by the Drifters on tracks 9,19, 11, 12,13, 14, 15, 16,

Long before he came to fame as a popular vocalist Nat King Cole was acknowledged as the best jazz pianist around and generations of jazz pianists since have acknowledged his inspirational role. Oscar Peterson probably the greatest jazz pianist of all time modelled his first trio on Nat Cole’s.

This record is of transcriptions made for Nat’s very popular radio show during 1939 and 1940. A lot of the material is lightweight but the playing of the trio throughout is superb, Oscar Moore and Wesley Prince make significant contributions.

The Dreamers were a very professional vocal group and they benefit from superb accompaniment from the trio, who both back them with some style and provide some nice jazz. The Dreamers were a commercial group, but the trio keeps the jazz content up and makes every track worth listening to.

As with all this series from NAXOS, the noise reduction and remastering of these recordings is first class and this makes for a very enjoyable 58 minutes of listening.

Don Mather


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