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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 (June 15, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: June 15, 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002HCV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,840 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Natalie's newest cherry-picks great songs from over 50 years of pop music, and interprets them flawlessly. Highlights are the Clyde Otis title track; As Time Goes By; I Wish You Love , and more.

Natalie Cole's "Take a Look" is neither a sharp departure nor a close copy of her eight-million-selling 1991 album Unforgettable. She once again sings her daddy's songs, but this time she only does three of them, all obscure non-hits known only to the most fanatic Nat "King" Cole fans. The other 15 songs pay tribute to a wider circle of influences--Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Nancy Wilson, Julie London and Lambert, Hendricks & Ross. The most welcome change is the new confidence the younger Cole now brings to the standard repertoire. Her voice has always had the satiny ease that makes listeners feel comfortable, but on this new album Cole reclaims some of the spunk and playfulness of her R&B hits. --Geoffrey Himes

Customer Reviews

Natalie Cole is A Great Artist.
I would recommend this Cd to anyone who is a lover of great classy music.
Natalie's voice is perfect, rich, and beautiful.
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6 of 0 people found the following review helpful By JulieBelle on February 28, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I have enjoyed this album on a tape for years and was thrilled to get it on CD. The best of Natalie as far as I am concerned. I especially love her rendition of "Cry me a River." The "Swingin Shepherd Blues" and "Calypso Blues" pull you up on your feet and make you want to dance! All around good jazz numbers written by a variety of great people.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca*rhapsodyinblue* VINE VOICE on August 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
"It is with much love and affection that I present this musical portion to you - the buyer, the listener, as well as friends old and new. It is my hope that you will listen with new ears, for there is something different here that you may notice. I think they call it "attitude." ~ Natalie Cole

This beautiful album is undisputedly one of the first-rate recordings of Natalie Cole. Likewise, this album became gold and earned her another Grammy for Best Vocal Performance. And as always, Ms. Cole has been one of my favorite jazz vocalists in the music scene. On this recording, she has a line-up of the finest musicians like Alan Broadbent (arranger/pianist), Jeremy Lubbock (arranger), Marty Paich (arranger), Herbie Hancock (piano) and Grover Washington, Jr. (sax), among many others.

Her recent concert at the Hollywood Bowl was a huge success! My friend and I watched the first of two consecutive night concerts and truly enjoyed it! She has a terrific stage presence and her performances, accompanied by the fabulous L.A. Philharmonic Orchestra, were superb from the very first two numbers and all-time favorites of mine, "The Very Thought Of You" and "Midnight Sun" to the encores. She so splendidly performed one of the most remarkable tracks in this CD to the delight of the very enthusiastic audience, my all-time favorite and one of the highlights of the show "Let There Be Love," a song made popular by her late father, Nat King Cole, in the forties.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. Angeloni VINE VOICE on November 21, 2002
Format: Audio CD
As a followup to her mega-seller "Unforgettable," Natalie Cole again interprets jazz and vocal songs with "Take a Look." While this collection doesn't have the amount of hits that are on "Unforgettable," "Take a Look" does include some well known standards, including "Cry Me a River," "As Time Goes By," and "Too Close for Comfort." She also provides wonderful takes on "Calypso Blues" and "Take a Look." Ms. Cole has a beautiful voice, frankly, I can listen to her sing the phone book. But anyone who appreciates jazz standards will appreciate this CD.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Praiswater on August 28, 2006
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Natalie Cole brings all of her passion into her father's music and more with these jazzy standards. The songs in this collection flow effortlessly from one to the next. She takes the ultimate songs of some of the finest singers and makes them her own. (and then some)

Listen to the fine opening song "I Wish You Love" which has been previously recorded by Frank Sinatra, Nancy Wilson, and Barbara Streisand. Natalie's version of the standard "Swingin' Shepherd Blues" really DOES swing. This one has been recorded in the past by greats like Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie. Natalie's vocal of "Cry Me A River" is unique. She has joined the ranks of the legends: Peggy Lee, Julie London, and Ella Fitzgerald. That jazz tribute, "Fiesta In Blue", has a certain playfulness in it. Legendary artists such as Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, and Diana Ross have sung "Don't Explain". While each of these versions have been great, Natalie's interpretation is the definitive one for me. There is something haunting in her style that brings me back to hear it over again. "Too Close For Comfort" is infectious and rousing. Natalie brings a new energy to her father's song "Calypso Blues". "Take A Look" is a grand diva vocal finale.

The visionary musicians who participated in this collection each add something special to the mix. Artists like Alan Broadbent, Grover Washington Jr., and Herbie Hancock are just a few of these famous talents. This cd is a must for anyone who enjoys a classic jazz vocalist.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John M. Abramson on May 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
With "Unforgettable", the award-winning tribute to her late father, Natalie Cole re-established herself as one of pop music's premier recording artists, having chosen the best musicians to back up her carefully and emotionally sung vocals with lush arrangements. This, her follow-up, is a little more scaled back, a little more intimate, and she takes bigger chances, infusing these often-darker arrangements with more straight-ahead jazz and blues. Perhaps the disappointing sales were due to the fact that she chose NOT to simply retread the path of "Unforgettable", and that's an awful shame because this is a top-notch collection, worthy of rediscovery. The only notable aspects which keep it from being only a 4-star affair: like many modern singers, she's not always adept at swing (not unlike someone heavy-footed trying to be Fred Astaire), though she certainly gives it her all; the silly "Calypso Blues" - not terrible, just out of place; and the title track, a 'message' song, here given a preachy performance, not dissimilar to Barbra Streisand's "Children Will Listen" from her "Back To Broadway" album, which also suffered from a certain self-importance. (I'm not terribly fond of 'message' songs.) Other than those minor quibbles, I urge you to follow Natalie's advice and "take a look".
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