Natalie Cole – Stardust {Elektra}


Review by Bill Carpenter (allmusic.com)

Continuing her successful foray into the American songbook, Natalie Cole served as executive producer on her third album of pop standards. Eighteen selections, including works by Hoagy Carmichael and songs associated with Nat, Ella, Sarah, and Dinah. Big-band orchestration and a trumpet solo by Wynton Marsalis on “He Was Too Good to Me.” Guest players include Fourplay, Everette Harp, George Duke, and John Pizzarelli. Cole originally recorded Nat’s “When I Fall in Love” ballad on her Everlasting album. Here she does a duet with dad à la “Unforgettable.” She also closes the album with a solo version sung in Spanish.

Tracks:
01 – There’s a Lull in My Life
02 – Stardust
03 – Let’s Face the Music and Dance
04 – Teach Me Tonight
05 – When I Fall in Love (duet with Nat “King” Cole)
06 – What a Difference a Day Made
07 – Love Letters
08 – He was Too Good to Me
09 – Dindi (Portuguese)
10 – Two for the Blues
11 – If Love Ain’t There
12 – To Whom it May Concern
13 – Where Can I Go Without You
14 – Ahmad’s Blues
15 – Pick Yourself Up
16 – If You Could See Me Now
17 – Like a Lover
18 – This Morning it was Summer

Personnel:
Natalie Cole – vocals, background vocals
John Chiodini, John Pizzarelli, Lee Ritenour – guitar
Paul Jackson Jr. – electric guitar
Toots Thielemans – harmonica
Jon Clarke – oboe
Dan Higgins, Michael Brecker – tenor saxophone
Everette Harp – alto saxophone
Wynton Marsalis – trumpet
George Bohannon – trombone
Terry Trotter – piano, fender rhodes piano
Rob Mounsey, Bob James – piano, keyboards
Michael Lang – piano
Nat “King” Cole – vocals, organ
George Duke – vibraphone
Chris Parker, John “J.R.” Robinson, Harvey Mason Sr., John Guerin,
Ralph Penland, Harold Jones – drums
Paulinho Da Costa, Rafael Padilla, Bashiri Johnson – percussion

Released on September 24, 1996

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork

Bill Evans – Affinity (with Toots Thielemans) {WarnerBros}


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

Pianist Bill Evans (who doubles on electric piano on this album for the final time in the recording studio) welcomes guest harmonica player Toots Thielemans and Larry Schneider (on tenor, soprano and alto flute) to an outing with bassist Marc Johnson (making his recording debut with Evans) and drummer Eliot Zigmund. The material contains some surprises (including Paul Simon’s “I Do It for Your Love” and Michel Legrand’s “The Other Side of Tonight”) and only two jazz standards (“Body & Soul” and “Blue and Green”) with the latter being the only Evans composition. Excellent if not essential music that Evans generally uplifts.

Tracks:
01 – I Do It for Your Love
02 – Sno’ Peas
03 – This is All I Ask
04 – The Days of Wine and Roses
05 – Jesus’ Last Ballad
06 – Tomato Kiss
07 – The Other Side of Midnight (Noelle’s Theme)
08 – Blue and Green
09 – Body & Soul

Personnel:
Bill Evans – acoustic and electric piano
Toots Thielemans – harmonica
Marc Johnson – acoustic bass
Eliot zigmund – drums
Larry Schneider – tenor and soprano sax; alto flute

Recorded at Columbia Studios, 30th Street, NYC;
October 30&31; November 1&2, 1978.

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork