Ira Robbins
October 05, 1990 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Jumpin' at Capitol

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Nat King Cole
genre
Jazz, Reissues

We gave it a B-

Twenty-five years after his death, honey-voiced Nat King Cole is fondly remembered for pop hits like ”Ramblin’ Rose,” but little more. The 1940s sides on Jumpin’ at Capitol, therefore, are a valuable reminder of the singing pianist’s influential and highly successful jazz career. The instrumental showcases, on which Cole’s nimble keyboard work leaves electric guitarist Oscar Moore in knots, are spectacular. Elsewhere, Cole croons such charmers as ”When I Take My Sugar to Tea,” handles nonsense numbers like ”The Frim Fram Sauce” with aplomb, and delivers an anemic ”Get Your Kicks on Route 66.” B-

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