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The Sideman Sessions

by Jordan Taylor & G.E. Hewitt

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Nat King Cole
Introduction

This page lists studio recordings of Nat Cole as accompanist rather than leader, after the start of his tenure with Capitol. In some cases, the sessions were held at Capitol, the label he was signed to. In others, Nat's participation was granted through courtesy or via pseudonym. Note: these dates run concurrently with the studio sessions reported on other pages of this discography. (Photo: Capitol International Jazzmen recording session, March 30, 1945.)


Date: February 1944
Location: Los Angeles
Label: Disc

Norman Granz (pro), Illinois Jacquet (ts), Shad Collins (t), Nat Cole (p), Gene Englund (b), J. C. Heard (d)

a. D504-1010 Heads(Traditional) - 3:56
b. D505-1011 Pro-Sky(Traditional) - 4:46
c. D506-1012 It Had To Be You(Gus Kahn, Isham Jones) - 3:34
d. D507-1013 I Can't Give You Anything But Love(Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields) - 4:09
All titles on:
Disc 78 Album506 — Norman Granz Presents King Cole Quintet   (1947)
Phoenix Jazz LPLP 5 — Nat Cole Meets The Master Saxes   (1974)

Catalog Numbers

The original issue was a 78 album containing all four recordings. Each platter in the album was given its own catalog number:

2010: Heads / It Had To Be You
2011: Pro-Sky / I Can't Give You Anything But Love


Date: March 30, 1945
Location: Studio B, Radio Recorders, 7000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #136

Dave Dexter (pro), Kay Starr (v), Buster Bailey (cl), Benny Carter (as), Coleman Hawkins (ts), Bill Coleman (t), Nat Cole (p), Oscar Moore (g), John Kirby (b), Max Roach (d)

a. 599-1alt You Can Depend On Me(Earl Hines, Charlie Carpenter, Louis Dunlap) / arr: Benny Carter - 3:28
unissued
b. 599-2alt You Can Depend On Me(Earl Hines, Charlie Carpenter, Louis Dunlap) / arr: Benny Carter - 3:22
unissued
c. 599-3 You Can Depend On Me(Earl Hines, Charlie Carpenter, Louis Dunlap) / arr: Benny Carter - 2:57
Capitol 78283 — You Can Depend On Me / Stormy Weather   (1946)
Capitol 45 BoxCCF 322 — Classics In Jazz: Small Combos   (1952)
Capitol EP AlbumEBF 322 — Classics In Jazz: Small Combos   (1952)
Capitol LP 10"H 322 — Classics In Jazz: Small Combos   (1952)
Capitol Jazz CD7-96693-2 — Jazz Encounters   (1992)
Capitol CS/CD Box7-99777-2 — Nat King Cole   (1992)
d. 599-4alt You Can Depend On Me(Earl Hines, Charlie Carpenter, Louis Dunlap) / arr: Benny Carter - 2:58
Capitol Jazz CD7-96693-2 — Jazz Encounters   (1992)
e. 600-1alt If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)(James P. Johnson, Henry Creamer) / arr: Benny Carter - 2:29
unissued
f. 600-2alt If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)(James P. Johnson, Henry Creamer) / arr: Benny Carter - 2:48
unissued
g. 600-3fs If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)(James P. Johnson, Henry Creamer) / arr: Benny Carter - 0:16
unissued
h. 600-4 If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)(James P. Johnson, Henry Creamer) / arr: Benny Carter - 2:44
Capitol 78 AlbumCE 18 — The History Of Jazz Vol. 3: Then Came Swing   (1945)
Capitol EP AlbumEBF 241 — The History Of Jazz Vol. 3: Then Came Swing   (1950)
Capitol LP 10"H 241 — The History Of Jazz Vol. 3: Then Came Swing   (1950)
Capitol 78/45(F)1615 — If I Could Be With You   (1951)
Capitol Jazz CD7-96693-2 — Jazz Encounters   (1992)
i. 601-1alt Stormy Weather(Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) / arr: Benny Carter - 3:11
unissued
j. 601-2 Stormy Weather(Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) / arr: Benny Carter - 3:12
Capitol 78283 — You Can Depend On Me / Stormy Weather   (1946)
Capitol Jazz CD7-96693-2 — Jazz Encounters   (1992)
k. 601-3fs Stormy Weather(Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) / arr: Benny Carter - 0:07
unissued
l. 601-4alt Stormy Weather(Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) / arr: Benny Carter - 3:12
unissued
m. 602-1alt Riffamarole(Benny Carter) / arr: Benny Carter - 2:14
unissued
n. 602-2alt Riffamarole(Benny Carter) / arr: Benny Carter - 2:35
unissued
o. 602-3alt Riffamarole(Benny Carter) / arr: Benny Carter - 3:24
unissued
p. 602-4alt Riffamarole(Benny Carter) / arr: Benny Carter - 2:35
Capitol 78 AlbumCE 18 — The History Of Jazz Vol. 3: Then Came Swing   (1945)
Capitol EP AlbumEBF 241 — The History Of Jazz Vol. 3: Then Came Swing   (1950)
Capitol LP 10"H 241 — The History Of Jazz Vol. 3: Then Came Swing   (1950)
Capitol LPT 795 — The History Of Jazz Vol. 3: Everybody Swings   (1957)
Capitol Jazz CD7-96693-2 — Jazz Encounters   (1992)
q. 602-5 Riffamarole(Benny Carter) / arr: Benny Carter - 2:48
Capitol Jazz CD7-96693-2 — Jazz Encounters   (1992)

Kay Starr (v) on e-l.

Several alternate takes from this session, produced by Capitol's Dave Dexter and featuring an all-star ensemble billed as the "Capitol International Jazzmen", are now known to exist. A special thank-you to discogapher James Accardi for providing details on the session's many extras.

Take Numbers

599-1 is a nearly complete take. Dexter interrupts at the very end to say he wants to check the balance.

Capitol considers 601-3 to be the master take of "Stormy Weather", while this discography reports take 4 as the master. Capitol's take 3 and the take 4 reported here are the same performance. Following the false start on take 3, Capitol likely did not reslate the performance indicated here as take 4, but we have elected to include the false start and have therefore designated take 4 as the master.


Date: June 9, 1945
Location: Hollywood
Label: Sunset

Eddie Laguna (pro), Herbie Haymer (ts), Charlie Shavers (t), Nat Cole (p), John Simmons (b), Buddy Rich (d)

a. SRC-110-0inc Black Market Stuff(Eddie Laguna) - 2:15
b. SRC-110-1 Black Market Stuff(Eddie Laguna) - 2:33
Sunset 78SRC 7561 — Black Market Stuff / Laguna Leap   (1945)
Monarch LP 10"MO-L.P. 201 — Monarch All Star Jazz Volume 1   (1951)
c. SRC-110-2alt Black Market Stuff(Eddie Laguna) - 2:40
d. SRC-110-3alt Black Market Stuff(Eddie Laguna) - 3:35
e. SRC-111-1alt Laguna Leap(Eddie Laguna) - 2:55
f. SRC-111-2alt Laguna Leap(Eddie Laguna) - 2:55
g. SRC-111-3 Laguna Leap(Eddie Laguna) - 2:55
Sunset 78SRC 7561 — Black Market Stuff / Laguna Leap   (1945)
Monarch LP 10"MO-L.P. 201 — Monarch All Star Jazz Volume 1   (1951)
h. SRC-112-1alt I'll Never Be The Same(Matty Malneck, Frank Signorelli, Gus Kahn) - 3:11
i. SRC-112-2 I'll Never Be The Same(Matty Malneck, Frank Signorelli, Gus Kahn) - 3:09
Sunset 78SRC 10055 — I'll Never Be The Same / Swinging On Central   (1945)
Monarch LP 10"MO-L.P. 201 — Monarch All Star Jazz Volume 1   (1951)
j. SRC-113-1alt Swingin' On Central(Eddie Laguna) - 2:51
k. SRC-113-2 Swingin' On Central(Eddie Laguna) - 3:17
Sunset 78SRC 10055 — I'll Never Be The Same / Swinging On Central   (1945)
Monarch LP 10"MO-L.P. 201 — Monarch All Star Jazz Volume 1   (1951)
l. 142/143 Kicks(Eddie Laguna) - 6:00
Swing 78SW. 370 (FR) — Nat's Kick (Part I) / Nat's Kick (Part II)   (1951)
Monarch LP 10"MO-L.P. 201 — Monarch All Star Jazz Volume 1   (1951)
All titles on:
Fontana LPFJL 132 — Kicks!   (1966)
Black Lion LPBL-107 — Anatomy Of A Jam Session   (1971)
Black Lion CDBLCD760137 (DE) — Anatomy Of A Jam Session   (1990)
1201 Music CD9021 — Anatomy Of A Jam Session   (2000)

Label Credit

The original Sunset 78s were credited to the "Herbie Haymer Quintet", with Cole identified as Sam Schmaltz.

On the Monarch LP release of 1951, Cole is credited simply as 'The King'.

Songs

Though it most often appears as simply "Kicks", this composition has appeared under multiple titles on different issues.

The 1951 Swing 78 lists the title as "Nat's Kick", while the Monarch LP lists it as "Honeysuckle Rose", the tune on whose chord changes it was based.

Studio

This session was most likely held in Studio B at Radio Recorders.


Date: February 16, 1946
Location: Radio Recorders, 7000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood
Label: Keynote

Harry Lim (pro), John Palladino (eng), Willie Smith (as), Nat Cole (p), Red Callender (b), Jackie Mills (d)

a. HL121-1alt I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me(Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields, Clarence Gaskill) - 3:16
b. HL121-2 I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me(Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields, Clarence Gaskill) - 3:01
EmArcy EPEP-1-6007 — Relaxing After Hours With Willie Smith   (1954)
EmArcy LP 10"MG 26000 — Relaxing After Hours With Willie Smith   (1954)
c. HL122-1alt The Way You Look Tonight(Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields) - 3:08
d. HL122-4 The Way You Look Tonight(Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields) - 3:08
Keynote 78K-629 — The Way You Look Tonight / Airiness A La Nat   (1946)
Mercury LP 10"MG 25075 — Alto Sax Artistry   (1950)
EmArcy EPEP-1-6007 — Relaxing After Hours With Willie Smith   (1954)
EmArcy LP 10"MG 26000 — Relaxing After Hours With Willie Smith   (1954)
e. HL123-1alt Airiness A La Nat(Harry Lim) - 2:34
f. HL123-2 Airiness A La Nat(Harry Lim) - 2:35
Keynote 78K-629 — The Way You Look Tonight / Airiness A La Nat   (1946)
Mercury LP 10"MG 25075 — Alto Sax Artistry   (1950)
EmArcy EPEP-1-6007 — Relaxing After Hours With Willie Smith   (1954)
EmArcy LP 10"MG 26000 — Relaxing After Hours With Willie Smith   (1954)
g. HL124-3 My Old Flame(Arthur Johnston, Sam Coslow) - 3:00
EmArcy EPEP-1-6007 — Relaxing After Hours With Willie Smith   (1954)
EmArcy LP 10"MG 26000 — Relaxing After Hours With Willie Smith   (1954)
All titles on:
PolyGram LP Box830 121-1 — The Complete Keynote Collection   (1986)
Mercury CD830 967-2 — The Keynoters With Nat King Cole   (1987)
Hip-O Select CD Box13384-02 — Riffin': The Decca, JATP, Keynote And Mercury Recordings   (2010)

Label Credit

On original Keynote 78s, band is credited as "The Keynoters", while Cole himself was identified as 'Lord Calvert'.

Composers

The original issue of "Airiness A La Nat" credits merely 'The Quintet' as composer. Most subsequent issues have attributed the composition to producer Harry Lim. While the song might have been written on the spot by the group or by Cole himself, Lim is credited here, absent any further information.


Date: March 28, 1946
Location: Studio B, Radio Recorders, 7000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Session #282

Jim Conkling (pro), Jo Stafford (v), Heine Beau, Henry Schuman, Fred Stulce (ww), Herbie Haymer (ts), Ray Linn (t), Nat Cole (p), Dave Barbour (g), Artie Shapiro (b), Nick Fatool (d), Paul Weston (con)

a. 1054-3 Baby, Won't You Please Come Home(Charles Warfield, Clarence Williams) / arr: Paul Weston - 2:42
Capitol 7815171 — Baby, Won't You Please Come Home   (1948)
Capitol 78/45(F)997 — Baby, Won't You Please Come Home / I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time   (1950)
b. 1055-2 Cindy(Traditional, Adapted by Johnny Mercer, Adapted by Jo Stafford, Adapted by Paul Weston) / arr: Paul Weston - 2:50
Capitol 78259 — Cindy   (1946)
c. 1056-2 Ridin' On The Gravy Train(Steve Graham, Sunny Skylar, Ben Homer) / arr: Lowell Martin - 2:58
Capitol CS/CD7-91638-2 — Jo Stafford Collectors Series   (1991)
d. 1057-3 I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time(Neville Fleeson, Albert Von Tilzer) / arr: Lowell Martin - 2:59
Capitol 78277 — I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time   (1946)
Capitol 78/45(F)997 — Baby, Won't You Please Come Home / I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time   (1950)
All titles on:
Capitol Jazz CD7-96693-2 — Jazz Encounters   (1992)

Date: Late March/Early April 1946
Location: Radio Recorders, 7000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood
Label: Mercury

Norman Granz (pro), Lester Young (ts), Nat Cole (p), Buddy Rich (d)

a. YB-C-348-2 Back To The Land(Lester Young) - 3:52
Mercury 78 AlbumC-104 — Lester Young Trio   (1951)
Mercury/Clef LP 10"MG C-104 — Lester Young Trio   (1951)
Clef EPEP-178 — The Lester Young Trio   (1953)
b. YB-C-349-1 I Cover The Waterfront(Edward Heyman, Johnny Green) - 3:51
Mercury/Clef LP 10"MG C-104 — Lester Young Trio   (1951)
Clef EPEP-177 — The Lester Young Trio   (1953)
Hip-O Select CD Box13384-02 — Riffin': The Decca, JATP, Keynote And Mercury Recordings   (2010)
c. YB-C-349-2 I Cover The Waterfront(Edward Heyman, Johnny Green) - 4:03
Mercury 78 AlbumC-104 — Lester Young Trio   (1951)
Norgran LPMG N-1074 — The Lester Young Buddy Rich Trio   (1956)
Verve LPMG V-8164 — The Lester Young Buddy Rich Trio   (1958)
Hip-O Select CD Box13384-02 — Riffin': The Decca, JATP, Keynote And Mercury Recordings   (2010)
d. YB-C-350-2 Somebody Loves Me(George Gershwin, Buddy DeSylva, Ballard MacDonald) - 3:52
Mercury 78 AlbumC-104 — Lester Young Trio   (1951)
Mercury/Clef LP 10"MG C-104 — Lester Young Trio   (1951)
Clef EPEP-177 — The Lester Young Trio   (1953)
Norgran LPMG N-1074 — The Lester Young Buddy Rich Trio   (1956)
Verve LPMG V-8164 — The Lester Young Buddy Rich Trio   (1958)
Hip-O Select CD Box13384-02 — Riffin': The Decca, JATP, Keynote And Mercury Recordings   (2010)
e. YB-C-351-2 I've Found A New Baby(Jack Palmer, Spencer Williams) - 4:01
Mercury 78 AlbumC-104 — Lester Young Trio   (1951)
Mercury/Clef LP 10"MG C-104 — Lester Young Trio   (1951)
Clef EPEP-178 — The Lester Young Trio   (1953)
Norgran LPMG N-1074 — The Lester Young Buddy Rich Trio   (1956)
Verve LPMG V-8164 — The Lester Young Buddy Rich Trio   (1958)
Hip-O Select CD Box13384-02 — Riffin': The Decca, JATP, Keynote And Mercury Recordings   (2010)
f. YB-C-352-1 The Man I Love(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) - 4:48
Clef EPEP-179 — The Lester Young Trio   (1953)
Clef LP 10"MG C-135 — Lester Young Trio No. 2   (1953)
Norgran LPMG N-1074 — The Lester Young Buddy Rich Trio   (1956)
Verve LPMG V-8164 — The Lester Young Buddy Rich Trio   (1958)
Hip-O Select CD Box13384-02 — Riffin': The Decca, JATP, Keynote And Mercury Recordings   (2010)
g. YB-C-353-1 Peg O' My Heart(Fred Fisher, Alfred Bryan) - 4:02
Clef EPEP-180 — The Lester Young Trio   (1953)
Clef LP 10"MG C-135 — Lester Young Trio No. 2   (1953)
Norgran LPMG N-1074 — The Lester Young Buddy Rich Trio   (1956)
Verve LPMG V-8164 — The Lester Young Buddy Rich Trio   (1958)
Hip-O Select CD Box13384-02 — Riffin': The Decca, JATP, Keynote And Mercury Recordings   (2010)
h. YB-C-354-1 I Want To Be Happy(Vincent Youmans, Irving Caesar, Otto Harbach) - 3:56
Mercury 78 Album2198 — The Jazz Scene   (1949)
Clef LP 10"JS1/JS2 — The Jazz Scene   (1953)
Clef EPEP-180 — The Lester Young Trio   (1953)
i. YB-C-355-1 Mean To Me(Roy Turk, Fred E. Ahlert) - 4:09
Clef EPEP-179 — The Lester Young Trio   (1953)
Clef LP 10"MG C-135 — Lester Young Trio No. 2   (1953)
Norgran LPMG N-1074 — The Lester Young Buddy Rich Trio   (1956)
Verve LPMG V-8164 — The Lester Young Buddy Rich Trio   (1958)
Hip-O Select CD Box13384-02 — Riffin': The Decca, JATP, Keynote And Mercury Recordings   (2010)
All titles on:
Verve CD521650-2 — Lester Young Trio   (1994)
Verve CD Box547087-2 — The Complete Lester Young Studio Sessions On Verve   (1999)
Mosaic CD BoxMD8-263 — Classic 1936-1947 Count Basie And Lester Young Studio Sessions   (2016)

Buddy Rich (d) on a-f, h-i.

Cole was credited as 'Aye Guy'.

Releases & Edits

78 album C-104 included the following:

11048: Back To The Land / I've Found A New Baby
11049: I Cover The Waterfront / Somebody Loves Me

Two versions of MG C-104 are known to exist, one on Mercury and another that was also issued on Clef. The Mercury issue features the first take of "I Cover The Waterfront" and the complete unedited take of "Back To The Land". The Clef release includes take 2 of "Waterfront" and an edited version (cutting out some of Cole's piano intro) of "Back To The Land". Because of this edit, the performance on the Clef LP is sometimes mistakenly listed as an alternate take.


Date: December 14, 1946
Location: CBS Playhouse Playhouse #4, 254 West 54th Street, New York
Label: Columbia
Metronome All Stars Rehearsal

Johnny Hodges (as), Coleman Hawkins (ts), Harry Carney (bar), Charlie Shavers (t), Lawrence Brown (tb), Nat Cole (p), Bob Ahern (g), Eddie Safranski (b), Dave Tough (d)

a. rhl Sweet Lorraine(Mitchell Parish, Cliff Burwell) - 3:45
unissued

With Cole's piano substituting for Sinatra's vocals and Dave Tough replacing Buddy Rich on drums, the Metronome All-Stars gathered for a rehearsal a day before the recording session. An acetate disc capturing "Sweet Lorraine" is known to exist.


Date: December 15, 1946 [16:15-18:55]
Location: CBS Playhouse Playhouse #4, 254 West 54th Street, New York
Label: Columbia
Metronome All Stars

George Simon (pro), June Christy, Frank Sinatra (v), Nat Cole (v, p), Johnny Hodges (as), Coleman Hawkins (ts), Harry Carney (bar), Charlie Shavers (t), Lawrence Brown (tb), Bob Ahern (g), Eddie Safranski (b), Buddy Rich (d)

a. CO 3717-BD1lfs Sweet Lorraine(Mitchell Parish, Cliff Burwell) / arr: Sy Oliver - 0:36
Mosaic CD BoxMD8-251 — Classic Coleman Hawkins Session 1922-1947   (2012)
b. CO 37177-3alt Sweet Lorraine(Mitchell Parish, Cliff Burwell) / arr: Sy Oliver - 3:15
Mosaic CD BoxMD8-251 — Classic Coleman Hawkins Session 1922-1947   (2012)
c. CO 37177-BD2lfs Sweet Lorraine(Mitchell Parish, Cliff Burwell) / arr: Sy Oliver - 0:10
Mosaic CD BoxMD8-251 — Classic Coleman Hawkins Session 1922-1947   (2012)
d. CO 37177-2alt Sweet Lorraine(Mitchell Parish, Cliff Burwell) / arr: Sy Oliver - 3:15
Columbia 78M235 (JP) — Sweet Lorraine / Nat Meets June   (1947)
Harmony LPHL 7044 — Metronome All-Stars   (1957)
Columbia CDCK 65245 — Portrait of Sinatra   (1997)
Mosaic CD BoxMD8-251 — Classic Coleman Hawkins Session 1922-1947   (2012)
e. CO 37177-BD3lfs Sweet Lorraine(Mitchell Parish, Cliff Burwell) / arr: Sy Oliver
unissued
f. CO 37177-BD4lfs Sweet Lorraine(Mitchell Parish, Cliff Burwell) / arr: Sy Oliver - 0:32
Mosaic CD BoxMD8-251 — Classic Coleman Hawkins Session 1922-1947   (2012)
g. CO 37177-BD5lfs Sweet Lorraine(Mitchell Parish, Cliff Burwell) / arr: Sy Oliver - 2:36
Mosaic CD BoxMD8-251 — Classic Coleman Hawkins Session 1922-1947   (2012)
h. CO 37177-BD6lfs Sweet Lorraine(Mitchell Parish, Cliff Burwell) / arr: Sy Oliver
unissued
i. CO 37177-1 Sweet Lorraine(Mitchell Parish, Cliff Burwell) / arr: Sy Oliver - 3:12
Columbia 7837293 — Sweet Lorraine / Nat Meets June   (1947)
Columbia LPCL 2528 — The Metronome All-Stars   (1955)
Columbia CD BoxC12K 48673 — The Columbia Years 1943-1952: The Complete Recordings   (1993)
Columbia CDCK 65240 — Sinatra Sings His Greatest Hits   (1997)
Mosaic CD BoxMD8-251 — Classic Coleman Hawkins Session 1922-1947   (2012)
j. CO 37178-4alt Nat Meets June(George Simon [as Randy Mergentroid]) / arr: Sy Oliver - 3:38
Columbia LPCJ 40652 — The 1940s: The Singers   (1987)
Mosaic CD BoxMD8-251 — Classic Coleman Hawkins Session 1922-1947   (2012)
k. CO 37178-3alt Nat Meets June(George Simon [as Randy Mergentroid]) / arr: Sy Oliver - 3:16
Harmony LPHL 7044 — Metronome All-Stars   (1957)
Mosaic CD BoxMD8-251 — Classic Coleman Hawkins Session 1922-1947   (2012)
l. CO 37178-BD1lfs Nat Meets June(George Simon [as Randy Mergentroid]) / arr: Sy Oliver
unissued
m. CO 37178-BD2lfs Nat Meets June(George Simon [as Randy Mergentroid]) / arr: Sy Oliver - 1:30
Mosaic CD BoxMD8-251 — Classic Coleman Hawkins Session 1922-1947   (2012)
n. CO 37178-2alt Nat Meets June(George Simon [as Randy Mergentroid]) / arr: Sy Oliver - 3:09
Columbia 78M235 (JP) — Sweet Lorraine / Nat Meets June   (1947)
Mosaic CD BoxMD8-251 — Classic Coleman Hawkins Session 1922-1947   (2012)
o. CO 37178-1 Nat Meets June(George Simon [as Randy Mergentroid]) / arr: Sy Oliver - 3:05
Columbia 7837293 — Sweet Lorraine / Nat Meets June   (1947)
Columbia LPCL 2528 — The Metronome All-Stars   (1955)
Mosaic CD BoxMD8-251 — Classic Coleman Hawkins Session 1922-1947   (2012)

June Christy (v) on j-o; Nat Cole (v) on j-o; Frank Sinatra (v) on a-i.

Releases

Some sources suggest that 37177-2 ("Sweet Lorraine") appeared on the original 78 issue 37293. Sinatra discographer Luiz Carlos do Nascimento Silva says the second take was used 'on only a few copies' of the original 78. For his part, Teubig says takes 1 & 2 appeared on the original 78 and that takes 1 & 2 of "Nat Meets June" were both issued on various pressings of the initial 78.

Mosaic, in the discography to the Coleman Hawkins set, says the following about the second take of "Sweet Lorraine": 'Discographies list 37177-2 as being initially issued on Columbia 37293 or Harmony HL 7044. However, the Japanese 78 is the initial release'.

The Hawkins Mosaic set omitted three breakdowns, two on "Sweet Lorraine" (BD3 & BD6) and one on "Nat Meets June" (BD1). Mosaic also included several seconds of chatter in between two takes of "Nat Meets June", not placed here.

Per Mosaic, the sequencing of the listed titles 'comes from written information on the sleeve of the original lacquer disc'.


Date: December 21, 1947 [10:00-13:00]
Location: RKO Pathé Studios, 105 E. 106th St., New York
Label: Capitol
Session #832

George Simon (pro), Buddy DeFranco (cl), Art Pepper, George Weidler (as), Bob Cooper, Flip Phillips, Warren Weidler (ts), Bob Gioga (bar), Buddy Childers, Dizzy Gillespie, Ken Hanna, Al Porcino, Ray Wetzel (t), Milt Bernhart, Harry Betts, Harry Forbes, Bill Harris (tb), Bart Varsalona (btb), Nat Cole (p), Billy Bauer (g), Eddie Safranski (b), Shelly Manne, Buddy Rich (d), Stan Kenton Orchestra (acc), Stan Kenton (dir)

a. 2933-3alt Leap Here(Nat Cole) / arr: Pete Rugolo - 3:20
b. 2933-4 Leap Here(Nat Cole) / arr: Pete Rugolo - 3:21
Capitol 7815039 — Leap Here / Metronome Riff   (1948)
c. 2934-4 Metronome Riff(Pete Rugolo) / arr: Pete Rugolo - 2:12
Capitol 7815039 — Leap Here / Metronome Riff   (1948)
All titles on:
Capitol Jazz CD7-96693-2 — Jazz Encounters   (1992)

Art Pepper (as) on c; George Weidler (as) on c; Bob Cooper (ts) on c; Warren Weidler (ts) on c; Bob Gioga (bar) on c; Buddy Childers (t) on c; Ken Hanna (t) on c; Al Porcino (t) on c; Ray Wetzel (t) on c; Milt Bernhart (tb) on c; Harry Betts (tb) on c; Harry Forbes (tb) on c; Bart Varsalona (btb) on c; Shelly Manne (d) on c; Buddy Rich (d) on a-b; Stan Kenton Orchestra (acc) on c; Stan Kenton (dir) on c.

The annual gathering of "The Metronome All Stars" and the first to be recorded on Capitol. According to an article in the February 1948 issue of Metronome, Dizzy Gillespie was an hour late to the 10 a.m. session and arrived "just in time to sit in for a final take". He may well have been late (and missed some of the takes), but he is present on the two surviving takes (3 & 4) of "Leap Here".


Date: March 16, 1954
Location: New York
Label: Kapp

Maria Cole (v), Nat Cole (p), others unknown (acc), George Siravo (con)

a. K 1025 It's The Talk Of The Town(Marty Symes, Jay Livingston, Al J. Neiburg) / arr: George Siravo - 3:25
Kapp LPKL-1052 — Blue Sunday   (1956)
b. K 1026 I Went Out Of My Way(Helen Bliss) / arr: George Siravo - 2:57
Kapp LPKL-1052 — Blue Sunday   (1956)
c. K 1027 I See Your Face Before Me(Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz) / arr: George Siravo - 3:08
Kapp LPKL-1052 — Blue Sunday   (1956)
d. K 1028 Do You Know Why?(Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke) / arr: George Siravo - 3:01
All titles on:
Kapp LP 10"KL-102 — A Girl They Call Maria   (1954)

Personnel

According to the late Roy Holmes, Maria Cole told him in 1989 that it was Nat who played piano on all tracks for this album. Careful listening is not convincing on this point. We have left included this session on the off chance that Nat did indeed participate.

A pair of photographs taken at one of the dates reveal Nat's presence in the booth, if not on the studio floor. Another image shows Maria rehearsing with the bassist and guitarist both visible, neither of whom are John Collins or Charlie Harris, as Holmes speculated they might be.


Date: March 18, 1954
Location: New York
Label: Kapp

Maria Cole (v), Nat Cole (p), others unknown (acc), George Siravo (con)

a. K 1029 There Must Be A Way(Sammy Gallop, David Saxon) / arr: George Siravo - 2:47
Kapp LPKL-1052 — Blue Sunday   (1956)
b. K 1030 Darn That Dream(Jimmy Van Heusen, Edgar DeLange) / arr: George Siravo - 2:49
c. K 1031 Here's That Rainy Day(Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke) / arr: George Siravo - 2:24
d. K 1032 Remind Me(Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields) / arr: George Siravo - 2:55
All titles on:
Kapp LP 10"KL-102 — A Girl They Call Maria   (1954)

Sessions Reported: 11

Performances Reported: 80

Unique Songs Reported: 41

Unique Issues Reported: 63