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The daughter of jazz and pop legend Nat King Cole, Natalie Cole has forged a successful career in two phases, doing R&B/urban contemporary and then jazz-based pop. She made her stage debut at age 11 and sang in college. Cole met the writing and producing team of Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancey in 1973. The next year they collaborated on some sessions that were ... Read more in Amazon's Natalie Cole Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 17, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B0000646GK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,164 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In the 1970s, Natalie Cole made a spectacular debut. And, after a number of personal and professional setbacks in the '80s, she bounced back with her splendid 1991 rendition of her daddy's hit, "Unforgettable," where she electronically performed a "duet" with her father. This CD reunites Cole with producer by Tommy LiPuma, who produced "Unforgettable" and was the hit maker behind George Benson and Diana Krall. This collection is a classic blend of jazz-inflected pop, with the best and the brightest in the business. Backed by a plethora of stars, including trumpeter Roy Hargrove, bassist Christian McBride, pianist Joe Sample, and drummer Lewis Nash, Cole's lithe, Ella Fitzgerald-tinged vocals are showcased in a number pleasing settings. Whether it's the Brazilian sound of Sergio Mendes's "So Many Stars," the scat-happy "My Baby Just Cares for Me," or the big band swing of "It's Crazy" and "Soon," courtesy of the Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra, Cole projects her aura on these songs once sung by Sarah Vaughan, Barbra Streisand, Nina Simone, and Dinah Washington. Natalie Cole is a jazzy soul survivor in the literal sense of the term, and this recording represents her finest hour. --Eugene Holley Jr.

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Natalie Cole just gets better and better!
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Accept for very few songs, I usually found her music to be trite and poorly produced.
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It is a true display of her exceptional vocal ability.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David on September 17, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Being a huge fan of Natalie Cole's but not a huge fan of jazz, I was sort of apprehensive about buying this cd. But, after one complete listen, I must say it is a joy. Her voice can be one part seductive, one part gritty, one part, playful, one part tearful....she is simple DIVINE! This is an album with very few fast paced songs....this one is one to listen to on a rainy day with a loved one and candles....to me all the songs are standouts in their own way! If you want to escape into her world...go for it! If you want all upbeat songs, this one may dissapoint you....
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 25, 2002
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Beginning as an Aretha Franklin clone, then sliding into her own soulful niche, graduating into contempoary pop and then moving into the rarified atmosphere of pop standards, Natalie Cole has repeatedly reinvented herself as an artist, with each incarnation upping the ante of quality and range. Now she's a jazz singer with a splendidly arranged and produced album propelled by a superior selection of songs which, though most are from the past, sound totally of today. She's savvy, she's wise, she's smart, she's sassy, she's smooth and once again she's moved forward. This splendid album will, by word of mouth, take in big sales and go on to garner big honors. Never standing still, never content to settle in one place, Natalie once again has charged ahead with dazzingly results.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Praiswater on May 29, 2004
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Natalie Cole's wonderful work of soothing songs proves that she has reached a brilliant level of mature vocals. She vocally displays class and style with this album. Every song flows perfectly with the next. Produced by the illustrious Tommy LiPuma, what could be better?

"Tell Me All About It" has Joe Sample at the keyboards and John Pisano on guitar with Natalie cooing the lyrics. The title song "Ask A Woman Who Knows" is deliciously cool. "Better Than Anything" is a fun, clever, catchy duet with Diana Krall. They complement each other very well on this song. "The Music That Makes Me Dance" is a real treat. Natalie's vocal on "Calling You" is gorgeously haunting. The orchestrations on this collection are arranged by various persons and are absolutely superb. With the addition of Roy Hargrove on the trumpet, Christian McBride on the bass, and Lewis Nash on drums, you have first class musicians all the way!

It would seem that by the beautiful vocals and the photo spread included in the CD insert that Natalie Cole is very comfortable in her own skin. Subtle yet elegant, Natalie Cole brings a refined edge to jazz!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mark Blackburn on January 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
An old friend emailed me today to say that, at that very moment, her husband was listening to this version of "The Music That Makes Me Dance" --- my favorite performance of an almost forgotten Bob Merrill song.

And who was Bob, you ask? Well Merrill wrote musicals that deserved to succeed (such as "Take Me Along" Jackie Gleason, Walter Pigeon) plus some fifties 'gimmick' songs like "How Much is that Doggie in the Window? . . . and, eventually, such magnificences as "People" (with Jule Styne). Where was I? Oh yes, Natalie Cole.

To my ears, this beautiful woman is best songstress since Ella Fitzgerald, who as everyone-should-know-by-now was the female equivalent to Frank Sinatra -- the greatest-ever interpreters of the Great American Song Book.

What would Nat Cole say of this album? I close my eyes and see Nat nodding in agreement, that his daughter's voice is even more beautiful, athletic and expressive than his own.

Nat was of course a jazz giant who played better piano than practically anyone (other than Oscar and Bill). But I believe in my heart he would agree his little girl turned out to be an even better singer.

Some specifics about this wonderful album, Natalie's "best yet" (and there've been three great ones before this). For those who may still care "Who wrote that song?" this album could have used some liner notes! (So here are mine.)

1. "I Haven't Got Anything Better to Do" - from Lee Pockriss & Paul Vance, who wrote some popular hits in the 50s including "Catch a Falling Star" (first Number 1 for Perry Como) plus bits of fluff like "Johnny Angel" (for Shelly Fabares) and the much better "My Little Corner of the World." (Oh yes, and who could forget their "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini"?
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 19, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Shes back!! And in a great way! Ask A Woman Who Knows is an enjoyable assortment of jazzy songs and cool evening blends with images of swaying palms or high swing jazz clubs. Her duet with Diana Krall will be a new classic I think, what a perfect pair!!
My favorite tracks are Its Crazy, So Many Stars, Better than Anything, Tell Me All About It is very catchy, and the best one is Natalies rendition of My Baby Just Cares for Me. Her new home with Verve looks to be a promising and bright musical road ahead. If you enjoy upbeat jazz and romantic slow jazz then you will enjoy this. Like mentioned in the other review, the majority is more slow and rainy day material but there is enough upbeat to balence it out pretty well. Natalie sounds renewed and as sparkling as ever!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 24, 2002
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Like Madonna, Natalie Cole over the course of a highly-successful career has repeatedly reinvented herself. She started as an Aretha clone, quickly moved into her own stylish soul mode, transformed herself into a standard interpreter of the first rank and now she's a jazz singer. With each reinvention she has moved a step forward as a singer and here she is at the absolute best she's ever been, a groovy, knowing, sassy, at ease stylist. The material is first-rate; these are almost all old songs but none of them SOUND old. The album is totally contemporary, the arrangements absolutely sterling, the production perfect and Natalie is out in front a persuasive singer of great ease and warmth. Watch for this one to build big sales by word of mouth and garner critical acclaim and big honors. This woman knows!
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