Nat King Cole


Nat "King" Cole (1917–65)

Within the context of his piano-guitar-bass trio, beginning in the thirties, he established himself as a major jazz pianist in the tradition of Earl Hines. Following the success of his vocal recordings "Straighten Up and Fly Right" and "The Christmas Song" in the mid-Forties, he increasingly featured his vocals; in time, his singing led to internationaly celebrity. Only rarely thereafter — as on the Capitol recording After Midnight in ’56 — did he return to serious piano playing.

Benjamin Franklin V

From The Complete Lester Young Studio Sessions on Verve