Friday, September 12, 2008

Don't Tell The Chairman

I have long believed - and have recently confirmed the belief - that every song is better when sung by Nat King Cole. With the exception of "Paper Moon" (for which I find James Taylor to be the superior troubadour) any song performed by another major jazz artist from the 50's and 60's is performed better by Mr. Cole.

Case in point: "Mona Lisa." Cole enters the song just a half beat ahead of time, but that subtle nuance immediately tells me that something grander is in store, something special awaits. Nathaniel Cole was a wonderful vocalist, but more so he was a brilliant musician. Listening to" The King" is an experience to be absorbed and I thoroughly enjoy immersing myself in the experience.

So whether you've left you heart in San Francisco, are having a pizza pie or are just somewhere beyond the sea, remember that "Ol' Blue Eye's" may be "The Chairman of The Board" but Nat Cole is still "King."

P.S. I need to figure out who his guitarist is, because that guy can play a steel guitar like nobody's business.

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