Nat King Cole & Me

Nat King Cole & Me

by Gregory PorterGregory Porter


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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. 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/27/2017
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0602557914689
catalogNumber: 002739502
Rank: 22914

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gregory Porter   Primary Artist,Vocals
Kamau Kenyatta   Vocals
Vince Mendoza   Conductor
Terence Blanchard   Guest Appearance
Gene Cipriano   Woodwind
Caroline Dale   Celli
Jeff Driskill   Woodwind
Roger Garland   Violin
Tim Gill   Celli
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Dan Higgins   Woodwind
Martin Humbey   Viola
Chris Laurence   Double Bass
John Lenehan   Celeste
Sal Lozano   Woodwind
Bob McChesney   Trombone
Kate Musker   Viola
Mark Nightingale   Trombone
Andy Parker   Viola
Maciej Rakowski   Violin
Frank Ricotti   Percussion
Emil Richards   Vibes
Cathy Thompson   Violin
Sam Walton   Timpani
Hugh Webb   Harp
Reuben Rogers   Bass
Peter Lale   Viola
Paul Willey   Violin
Philippa Ibbotson   Violin
Patrick Kiernan   Violin
Frank Schaefer   Celli
Bruce White   Viola
Martin Owen   French Horn
David Fuest   Clarinet
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Tuba
Andrew Crowley   Trumpet
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Ian Humphries   Violin
Helen Keen   Flute
Gavin McNaughton   Bassoon
Anthony Pike   Clarinet
Richard Watkins   French Horn
Jane Marshall   Oboe
Everton Nelson   Violin,Leader
Rose Corrigan   Woodwind
Anna Noakes   Flute
Ian Rathbone   Viola
Dai Emanuel   Violin
Emlyn Singleton   Violin
Gillianne Haddow   Viola
Ian Burdge   Celli
Andy Wood   Trombone
Chris Worsey   Celli
Magnus Johnston   Violin
Stacey Watton   Double Bass
Natalia Bonner   Violin
Owen Slade   Tuba
Jon Carnac   Clarinet
Tony Woollard   Celli
John Anderson   Oboe
Simon Baggs   Violin
Morven Bryce   Violin
Laurence Davies   French Horn
Richard Skinner   Bassoon
Kate Robinson   Violin
Rachel Roberts   Viola
Christian Sands   Piano
Chris Baron   Percussion
Emil Chakalov   Violin
Max Baillie   Viola
Rick Koster   Violin
Karen Jones   Flute
Steven Becknell   French Horn
Vicky Matthews   Celli
John Mitchell   Woodwind
Julia Knight   Viola
Brad Waarnar   French Horn
Phil Cobb   Trumpet
Richard Berry   French Horn
John Bradbury   Violin
Ed Tarrant   Trombone
John Mills   Violin
Phil O'Conner   Woodwind
Dave Williams   Violin
Daniel Bhattacharya   Violin
Allen Fogle   French Horn
Cathy Bradshaw   Viola
Matt Ward   Violin
Ben Devitt   Trombone
Ulysses Owens   Drums
Christian Barraclough   Trumpet
Pip Eastop   French Horn
Dan Newell   Trumpet
Steve Mair   Double Bass
Kathy Gowers   Violin
Nicky Sweeney   Violin
Bill Lockhart   Timpani
Dan Fornero   Trumpet
Andy Martin   Trombone
Steve Morristt   Violin
Mark Berrowtt   Violin
Debbie Widduptt   Violin
Dan Jemison   Bassoon
Alison Dodstt   Violin
Andy Parker   Viola

Technical Credits

Bert Kaempfert   Composer
Vince Mendoza   Arranger,Producer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Lenny Hambro   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Charlie Chaplin   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Milt Gabler   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Bob Russell   Composer
Schmitt   Engineer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Robert Wells   Composer
Geoff Foster   Engineer
Eden Ahbez   Composer
Pauli Ewing   Management
John Turner   Composer
Gladys Shelley   Composer
Everton Nelson   Orchestra Leader
Alison Burton   Studio Manager
Roberta Heller   Composer
Chandler Harrod   Pro-Tools
Gregory Porter   Composer
Tommy Laurence   Booth Supervision
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer
Amy Stewart   Assistant Contractor
Misha Kachkachischvili   Engineer
Farres Osvaldo   Composer

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