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Remembering Mr. Cole ( A tribute to the Nat King Cole Trio)

by Joe Bourne

A smooth blend of accoustic vocal jazz standards /adult contemporary swing and ballads
Genre: Easy Listening: Mature
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  Song Share Time Download
1. This Is My Night To Dream
2:23 $0.99
2. The Best Man
3:16 $0.99
3. Besame Mucho
3:11 $0.99
4. You're Looking at Me
4:16 $0.99
5. Frim Fram Sauce
2:52 $0.99
6. Satchel Mouth Baby
3:44 $0.99
7. Slow Down
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8. On The Sunny Side of the Street
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9. 'Tis Autumn
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10. Little Girl
2:08 $0.99
11. When I Fall In Love
4:13 $0.99
12. Walking My Baby back Home
2:19 $0.99
13. Sweet Lorraine
3:04 $0.99
14. Orange Colored Sky
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15. Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My baby
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16. For All We Know
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CD overview

This Cd has just been nominated for "The Top 10 List"
of the Jazz Journalist Association

In the 1940s Nat Cole and his trio recorded more than 200 songs. Nat (along with Teddy Wilson and Art Tatum) was the most influential piano player in this era. From the first big hit Straighten Up and Fly Right in 1944 to Mona Lisa in 1950, Nat and his trio, with Oscar Moore on guitar and Wesley Prince or Johnny Miller on bass, created hundreds of swinging and artistic arrangements.

Bourne has a warm voice, simple elegant style and the virtuosity combined with ease of execution needed to communicate the fun and swing of this music.
(please see biography hereunder)

Gary Moran has a deep respect and understanding of Nat's piano style and the music of his trio. This virtuoso piano player has transcribed the arrangements from the original recordings in great detail and his trio executes the introductions, interludes, and endings of the original recordings and contributes its own improvised solos that are contemporary, yet rooted in the 1940s style.

Ed De Lucia and Scott Black play the guitar and bass with the elegance and swing of Oscar Moore and Johnny Miller from the classic trio.

Joe Bourne vocals - Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the singer/ entertainer, Joe Bourne was inspired by many of the big names of Jazz that toured the Boston area. Whether it's a swinging rendition of the fun song Goody Goody, Oscar Brown's philosophical "Dhat Dher" the romantic ballad of Erroll Garner's "Misty", or his special tribute to the great Nat King Cole, Joe, who has been influenced by the likes of Lou Rawls, Billy Eckstine, Arthur Prysok, and Nat King Cole always seems to capture the audience with his on style and warm mellifluous light baritone, voice and his dynamic showmanship.

Joe has shared the stage with Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, Nina Simone, Dionne Warwick and several other Jazz and Popular music greats. Over the years Joe has received several prestigious awards such as The Diamond of the year award presented by The Bund Botschafter Ohne Grenzen. and the Kunstler des Jahres (Artist of the Year award) both for Top class entertainment in Germany. The Silver Orpheus in Bulgaria and the Jimmy Kennedy award in Ireland both for his special presentation of Gershwin's "Summertime".
After 25 years of Europe being his home base, Joe has relocated his base of operations to sunny Tucson, Arizona. He continues to deliver his talents to European shores while he answers the call for his special brand of vocal entertainment throughout other parts of the globe.

Gary Moran piano - Gary arrived in Tucson in the spring of 2003. He brings 20 plus years of professional jazz piano experience to Nat Cole show. The last five years Gary was House piano player at The Homestead Resort in Virginia. Prior to that were years in New York, Japan and Chicago. Gary is also a jazz educator with a Masters in Music from Virginia Commonwealth University, Carpenter Center Performing Scholar, and an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. For more than 11 years Gary has coached under Bebop Legend Barry Harris. Gary has transcribed the arrangements from Nat's original recordings for the trio.

Scott Black bass - Scott graduated from Indiana University prior to spending six years in New York City. A trumpet player as well as a bass player, Scott worked with salsa bands, big bands, and small groups of all types. Scott had a meaningful relationship with jazz great Barry Harris, playing bass in his workshops rhythm section in 1982. In 1983 he relocated to Milwaukee where he started a music school with jazz piano player David Hazeltine. In Chicago from 1983 until 2002, Scott worked with all of that city's most legendary jazz musicians including Jodie Christian, Eddie Johnson, Willie Pickens, and Eric Schneider. In January 2002, he moved to Tucson, where he has found steady work playing jazz with that city's best musicians. Scott and Gary first started working together when they were both in Chicago in 1984.

Ed DeLucia Guitar - Eddy DeLucia grew up in the early '70s and was influenced by the blues. He continues to make that an integral part of his playing today forming a personal style integrating the blues and modern jazz.

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Carol Cole / King Cole Productions, Inc./ California

Many thanks for sending me Remembering Mr. Cole with Joe Bourne and The Gary Moran Trio. I always appreciate it when artists do tribute albums to my father and this is one of the best. Joe has such a smooth vocal quality so reminiscent of Nat's and the trio does a great job with the arrangements.

by Howard Feldstein /Jazz Now

Joe Bourne and the Gary Moran Trio bring a real feeling of joy to the entire dat
Joe Bourne and the Gary Moran Trio
Remembering Mr. Cole Jonaja-1045

A tribute to Nat King Cole, Bourne took a big gamble in covering 16 tunes associated with Cole and being a virtual sound-alike. The backing trio is the same instrumentation as in Nat's classic group - piano, bass, and guitar (no drums). Often such tributes beg the question "Why make this record? Why not just go out and get the original material?" But this CD succeeds admirably, and I found myself enjoying repeated listenings. One reason is that Bourne chose many lesser-known songs to cover, and chose them well. It was a delight for me to discover such tunes as "This Is My Night To Dream" and "The Best Man." Sure the lyrics are dated, but like all of Cole's music, these tunes evoke an era more innocent and less jaded than that reflected in today's popular music.

Bourne and his musicians bring a real feeling of joy to the entire date. Most of the songs are up-tempo and have a real sense of swing - it's clear these musicians had a good time making this record. There are also 3 ballads, beautifully handled by Bourne and the instrumentalists. The sound quality and production values are wonderful on every track.

The CD mostly adheres to original lyrics, phrasing, and arrangements. Again, this takes some chutzpah, but they pull it off.;The songs all clock in between 2:11 and 4:21, not leaving much room for the instrumentalists to show off. But by the end of the CD each musician has had a chance to prove his talents, and, throughout, there is great rapport in the group. On some of the better-known songs, they mix it up just a bit - on "Sunny Side Of The Street," Donald Trump replaces Rockefeller as the standard of wealth, and "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby" sees them starting in a slow tempo and swinging more by the end. But mostly, what you get is an enjoyable date that will make you fondly recall Nat King Cole and the popular music of the1940s.