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Ori Dagan: Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole (ScatCat)

The best tribute albums are typically those that go beyond the obvious signature tunes, digging deeper into repertoire and/or offering fresh perspective on the honoree’s legacy. Ori Dagan scores on both counts. The Canadian vocalist’s backing includes pianist Mark Kieswetter, guitarist Nathan Hiltz and bassist Ross MacIntyre, recalling the classic Nat Cole/Oscar Moore/Wesley Prince trio, … Read More “Ori Dagan: Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole (ScatCat)”

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Ori Dagan: Less Than Three

Actually, the album’s title is Though the disc runs a scant 34 minutes, Dagan packs it with plenty of interpretive punch. His “Strangers in the Night” gallops with frantic urgency. Conversely, Madonna’s ebullient “Lucky Star” is reimagined as an inky ballad, ideally suited to Dagan’s roguish bass-baritone. He takes the fiery foreplay of Evita‘s “I’d … Read More “Ori Dagan: Less Than Three”

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