THE INCOMPARABLE NAT KING COLE
Review by Mark Wiechman
Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Stereo
Video: B & W
Features: Discography and Biography
Length: 100 minutes
Release date: July 2, 2002
is very appropriate that Nat “King” Cole’s signature song is
“Unforgettable.” Even if he had
not been asked by an audience in 1932 to sing while he played, he would still be
considered an excellent pianist, and his talent in this area is evident on
several tunes on this DVD. But his
influence as a vocalist has been enormous, from Miles Davis to Diana Krall,
whose first hit album was a dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio.
is an extraordinary DVD because it has 47 full-length songs featuring
appearances by the Oscar Peterson trio, Ella Fitzgerald, Johnny Mercer, Sammy
Davis, Jr., Stan Getz, and of course his conductor Nelson Riddle.
performances are interesting because it was so unusual for a black entertainer
to have his own show in 1957. While
it only lasted one season, it was one great season.
song list includes “That Reminds Me. I’m Gonna Sit Right Down…”,
“I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face”, “It’s Only A
Paper Moon”, “How High the Moon”, “Unforgettable”, and many
other standards, all sung in Cole’s inimitable style.
B & W, but fairly clean for a program from 1957. The songs segue nicely from one to the next, which is
better than many music video DVD collections of modern music.
course this is an ancient TV program but the audio is better than expected.
The 5.1 mix is of course simulated, but it does fill the room very
nicely. You could just put it on for the music alone and still enjoy
this collection of standards.
a biography and discography.