Gregory Porter
Nat "King" Cole & Me

  2 x LP   180grs   33⅓rpm     gatefold sleeve 

2017 EU issue on 180g 2LP =featuring Los Angeles studio stalwarts. "Nature Boy," "Mona Lisa," and "The Christmas Song" On his fifth studio album, 2017's lovingly produced Nat "King" Cole & Me, singer Gregory Porter takes a purposefully traditional approa

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Release date: 25-09-2017

2017 EU issue on 180g 2LP =On his fifth studio album, 2017's lovingly produced Nat "King" Cole & Me, singer Gregory Porter takes a purposefully traditional approach, paying tribute to one of his biggest influences, legendary vocal icon Nat King Cole. To help craft his tribute, Porter recorded the album with Grammy Award-winning arranger Vince Mendoza and the illustrious London Studio Orchestra, as well as several tracks featuring Los Angeles studio stalwarts. "Nature Boy," "Mona Lisa," and "The Christmas Song" 

Tracks:
LP1:
A1 Mona Lisa
A2 Smile
A3 Nature Boy
A4 L-O-V-E

B1 Quizas,Quizas, Quizas
B2 Miss Otis Regrets
B3 Pick Yourself Up

LP2:
C1 When love Was King
C2 The Lonely One
C4 Ballerina
C5 I Wonder Who My Daddy Is

D1 But Beautiful
D2 Sweet Lorraine
D3 For All We Know
D4 The Christmas Song

Also on board are Porter's longtime bandmates, pianist Christian Sands, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Ulysses Owens. While primarily known for his contemporary, genre-crossing style of jazz and R&B, Porter here leans nicely into a distinctly old-school sound. Mendoza frames the singer's warm, supple voice with shimmering orchestral arrangements that wouldn't be out of place during the golden age of '50s and early-'60s traditional pop. While never mimicking Cole's distinctive style, Porter manages to straddle the line between evincing the storied artist's burnished vocal sound, and displaying his own virtuoso talents. Tracks like the Cole songbook regulars "Nature Boy," "Mona Lisa," and "The Christmas Song" are lushly arranged renditions that envelop the listener. Also engaging are the upbeat swingers like "Ballerina" and "L-O-V-E," which features a guest solo appearance from trumpeter Terence Blanchard. There's also a cinematic quality to many of the cuts, as on "Miss Otis Regrets," in which Mendoza's dramatic, classical-tinged opening quickly settles into an intimate, candlelit reading of the melancholy classic. Porter even applies his vintage-influenced approach to a reworking of his original "When Love Was King." Romantic, sophisticated, and rich with vocal prowess, Nat "King" Cole & Me lives up to both Cole and Porter's own immense creative reputations.

Discs: 2
Drager(LP,EP,12,7,CD): LP
Qual(120grs,150grs,180grs): 180grs
Speed(33,45): 33
Extra info: gatefold sleeve
Label: Blue Note
This release: 2017
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