David Murray Cuban Ensemble plays Nat King Cole (2009)

18This is a heartfelt love letter to one of the great figures in popular music who was nonetheless a phenomenally gifted jazz musician.
Nat ‘King’ Cole had a piano technique that belied the gilt edged romanticism of his voice, yet it was a singer that he achieved worldwide fame.One of Cole’s most charming recordings were the 1958 and 1962 albums, Cole Espanol and More Cole en Espanol, recorded in Havana and featuring Spanish lyrics. Now, more than 50 years after it release, saxophonist David Murray, a contemporary jazz great, reprises Cole Espanol as Cole ‘En Espanol’, in the company of Cuban string band, giving the original repertoire a lush sonic canvas full of shimmering, sensual hues.


 

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