(1996) Hit That Jive, Jack

The King Cole Trio

... read moreNat "King" Cole's 16 trio recordings for Decca have been reissued many times (including on this CD), and rightfully so. Cole was already one of the top swing pianists by 1940, his vocal style (best displayed on his first hit "Sweet Lorraine") was quite recognizable, and his trio with guitarist Oscar...

01:01′:34″ 22 Songs

1
Sweet Lorraine
The King Cole Trio
2:53
2
Honeysuckle Rose
The King Cole Trio
2:33
3
Gone With The Draft
The King Cole Trio
2:38
4
Gone With The Draft (Alternate Take)
The King Cole Trio
2:39
5
This Side Up
The King Cole Trio
2:41
6
Babs
The King Cole Trio
2:20
7
Scotchin' With The Soda
The King Cole Trio
2:26
8
Slow Down
The King Cole Trio
3:03
9
Early Morning Blues
The King Cole Trio
2:39
10
This Will Make You Laugh
The King Cole Trio
3:14
11
Stop! The Red Light's On
The King Cole Trio
2:32
12
Hit The Ramp
The King Cole Trio
3:14
13
I Like To Riff
The King Cole Trio
2:41
14
Call The Police
The King Cole Trio
3:03
15
Are You Fer It?
The King Cole Trio
3:04
16
That Ain't Right
The King Cole Trio
3:09
17
Hit That Jive, Jack
The King Cole Trio
2:52
18
Honey Hush
The King Cole Trio
2:47
19
Honey Hush (Alternate Take)
The King Cole Trio
2:45
20
Stompin' At The Panama
The King Cole Trio
2:53
21
(Bedtime) Sleep Baby Sleep
The King Cole Trio
2:47
22
Thunder
The King Cole Trio
2:41
Released 01 January 1996, This Compilation ℗ 1996 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Review

Nat "King" Cole's 16 trio recordings for Decca have been reissued many times (including on this CD), and rightfully so. Cole was already one of the top swing pianists by 1940, his vocal style (best displayed on his first hit "Sweet Lorraine") was quite recognizable, and his trio with guitarist Oscar Moore and bassist Wesley Prince had a memorable sound. Cole's Decca records (his first for a major label) were a breakthrough for Nat, although his Capitol recordings (which started in 1943) really paved the way toward major success. In addition to "Sweet Lorraine," highlights of this fine CD include "Honeysuckle Rose," "I Like to Riff," and "Hit That Jive, Jack" (which has the Trio's most famous group vocal). ~ Scott Yanow