Natalie Cole "Still Unforgettable"





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Published on Feb 4, 2010




Still Unforgettable proved to be more than worth the wait: A co-venture between Natalie, DMI Music and Rhino/WEA, Cole lovingly wrapped her unparalleled supple voice around 14 standards. On this, her 21st studio album, Cole also took the reins as producer for the first time.

Just as she lovingly partnered with her late father, the legendary Nat King Cole, for a posthumous duet on the title track on the 1991 masterpiece, this time they reunited on the delightful Walkin My Baby Back Home, first recorded by Coles father in the early 50s.

If there was going to be another duet with Dad, I felt it should be something more whimsical, fun and light, Cole says. At the same time, I was looking for a song that would also be familiar to a certain type of audience. I think this is going to work just as well. Its adorable and loving between parent and child. It feels like hes right there with me. How do you top that?

Theres only one way—by surrounding Walkin My Baby Back Home with songs that are on par, songs that are stars in their own right and come with rich and varied histories of their own. On Still Unforgettable Cole looked beyond songs made famous by her father. I decided to go deeper into the American Songbook and not just get songs from my father, but also from Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne, Sammy Davis Jr., and Peggy Lee. The lyrics of these songs are about life. As a singer, they take me and my audience on a winsome journey.

Still Unforgettable combines much-beloved classics like The Best is Yet To Come, Come Rain or Come Shine, Nice N Easy with great songs that Cole discovered for the first time, such as Coffee Time, a recommendation from Tony Bennett. Every single one of these songs was a challenge to sing because the original performances are so iconic. It was difficult to find a way to approach each one without losing the essence of what makes them so great, Cole says.

Therefore Cole and her co-producer Gail Deadrick turned to a whos who of A-list arrangers including John Clayton, Patrick Williams, Nan Schwartz and Victor Vanacore, all of whom paid homage to the originals, while creating something new.

It is a bit of an art to pick the songs and then marry them with the right arranger, says Cole. She and Deadrick sat for hours and talked through each song and why it would work according to the personality and style of the individual arranger. Then we sat down with each arranger and talked the songs through again [and] what I wanted to accomplish, even down to specifics on whether to modulate a key or how the song should start.


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