Sunday, November 20, 2011

Quizas, Quizas, Quizas

The omnivorous jazz saxophonist David Murray released an album, “David Murray Cuban Ensemble Plays Nat King Cole en Español,” in which, together with a group of young Cuban musicians, Murray reworks Latin classics recorded by Nat King Cole on two records, Cole Español and More Cole Español.

As Gary Giddins describes in the liner notes for the album:  "The result is one of Murray’s most purely pleasurable albums. It demonstrates a tremendous leap in his approach to a world of music that has long fascinated him. The arrangements are imaginative, compelling, and wily, especially in the integration between winds and stings. The band is as tight as a fist. And there is a stunning feature for David Murray the improviser, a sensational tour de force and high spot in his massive discography."

So, here's Nat King Cole singing Quizas, Quizas, Quizas:

And here's Murray's version:


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