October 21, 2010

Jazz Love: Nat King Cole

Terry Teachout's excellent "Sightings" column last week in the WSJ mentioned how awesome a pianist Nat King Cole was:
But long before Mr. Cole made it big as a singer, he was widely known as a pianist—and not just your run-of-the-mill self-accompanist, either, but a hard-swinging, miraculously creative virtuoso whose style left an indelible mark on the playing of such noted colleagues as Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, George Shearing, Art Tatum and, most recently, Diana Krall.

So here, some proof. The first video is live--I love how cool he is with those keys. The second video is adorable. The third is instrumental only, so you really get to hear him play.

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