Home » Jazz Articles » Album Review » Nicolas Bearde: I Remember You: The Music Of Nat King Cole

4

Nicolas Bearde: I Remember You: The Music Of Nat King Cole

By

Sign in to view read count
Nicolas Bearde: I Remember You: The Music Of Nat King Cole
In 2019, Cole is king. Feted on record by John Pizzarelli, celebrated with a new seven CD set of his early work from Resonance Records, and praised and reappraised from numerous journalistic angles, Nathaniel Adams Coles—better known as Nat King Cole—is receiving the posthumous plaudits he so richly deserves in this, his centennial year. Now, adding to the chorus, comes this easy-going charmer of a tribute from one of the West Coast's most underrated vocal talents.

Completely avoiding kitschy Cole and seriously upbeat avenues, veteran vocalist Nicolas Bearde settles comfortably into relaxed surroundings for the first leg of I Remember You: The Music Of Nat King Cole. Nothing on the early end pushes much, nor does it need to. From the opening title track over to the Eric Alexander-graced "That Sunday, That Summer" and "Funny (Not Much)," and on to the immortal "Sweet Lorraine" and "L-O-V-E," everything is fine and mellow. It's not until the start of the second half, with "Thou Swell," that things cook. A swing thing with strong solos from Alexander and pianist Josh Nelson, that performance proves to be a standout, and the only number bordering on burning in the mix.

The four remaining tracks, as with all that precede them, cement Bearde's place as an inheritor of Cole's cool. With "The Rules Of The Road," "Tenderly" and "I Wish You Love," he soothes and seduces. And with "Straighten Up And Fly Right," featuring some notable contributions from Nelson, bassist Alex Boneham and, above all, drummer Lorca Hart, Bearde is a soulful sensation.

It's not easy to consistently present with a sense of sophisticated ease, but such is one of Nicolas Bearde's many gifts. This one pleases by largely going down easy.

Track Listing

I Remember You; That Sunday, That Summer; Funny (Not Much); Sweet Lorraine; L-O-V-E; Thou Swell; The Rules Of The Road; Straighten Up And Fly Right; Tenderly; I Wish You Love.

Personnel

Nicolas Bearde: vocals; Josh Nelson: piano (2-4, 6-10); Peter Horvath: piano (1, 5); Eric Alexander: tenor saxophone (2, 3, 6); Alex Boneham: bass (2-4, 6-10); Dan Feiszli: bass (1, 5); Dan Schnelle: drums (2, 3, 6, 9); Lorca Hart: drums (7, 8, 10); Jason Lewis: drums (1, 5).

Album information

Title: I Remember You: The Music Of Nat King Cole | Year Released: 2019 | Record Label: Right Groove Records


Comments

Tags

Concerts


For the Love of Jazz
Get the Jazz Near You newsletter All About Jazz has been a pillar of jazz since 1995, championing it as an art form and, more importantly, supporting the musicians who create it. Our enduring commitment has made "AAJ" one of the most culturally important websites of its kind, read by hundreds of thousands of fans, musicians and industry figures every month.

You Can Help
To expand our coverage even further and develop new means to foster jazz discovery and connectivity we need your help. You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky ads plus provide access to future articles for a full year. This winning combination will vastly improve your AAJ experience and allow us to vigorously build on the pioneering work we first started in 1995. So enjoy an ad-free AAJ experience and help us remain a positive beacon for jazz by making a donation today.

More

DDG19 Big Band
Dani Gurgel
Legacy
Nick Finzer
Speak Moment
Dave Harrington - Max Jaffe - Patrick Shiroishi
Moab
Garza / Fawcett / Wojtowicz

Popular

Get more of a good thing!

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories, our special offers, and upcoming jazz events near you.