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Straighten Up and Fly Right – The Best of Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)

Label: Resonance Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: With Plenty of Money and You; Liza; There's No Anesthetic for Love; Riffin' at the Bar-B-Q; Honey; Two Against One; Black Spider Stomp; Sweet Lorraine; Off the Beam; Early Morning Blues; Gone with the Draft; What'cha Know Joe; Blue Lou; Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home; Rosetta; Hit that Jive, Jack; I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town; Hip Hip Hooray; Slender, Tender, and Tall; Straighten Up and Fly Right; This Side Up.

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Nat King Cole: Straighten Up and Fly Right – The Best of Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)

Read "Straighten Up and Fly Right – The Best of Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Hittin' the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943) (Resonance Records, 2019) is a treasury of Nat “King" Cole's earliest recorded work, documenting his mastery of jazz piano and vocals long before he became a popular singing star. But at seven CDs or 10 LPs, it's a lot of music, perhaps too much for a casual or curious ...

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Nat King Cole: Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)

Read "Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Before pianist/vocalist Nat King Cole had a career as a pop crooner--his many hits included “All for You," “The Christmas Song," “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66," “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons," “Nature Boy" and “Mona Lisa" (the No. 1 song in 1950)--he led a successful jazz trio which featured both his piano playing and ...

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Nat "King" Cole: Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)

Read "Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


While he achieved fame and fortune as a pops crooner of the 1950s-60s, Nat “King" Cole firmly occupies a place in jazz history. Unlike Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney and others who began their careers as singers, Cole started out as a pianist, composer/arranger, and band leader, working small clubs in Chicago, soon adding vocals ...


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