Allan Harris Pays Tribute to Nat "King" Cole with Long Live the King


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September 4 release features New York-based vocalist recorded live at The Kennedy Center

On Tuesday, September 4, 2007, Allan Harris will release Long Live The King, a tribute to the late, great Nat “King" Cole. The album was recorded live at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

“As the years rolled by, I have been compared favorably to the great Nat 'King' Cole," admits Harris. The New York Times' Stephen Holden called him “an extremely relaxed and tasteful crooner in the Nat 'King' Cole tradition" in his review of Allan's three-week engagement at the Algonquin's Oak Room in New York City. The Miami Herald wrote that Harris' voice and demeanor “project the warmth of Tony Bennett, the bite and rhythmic sense of Sinatra, and the sly elegance of Nat 'King' Cole."

In fact, his very first New York review in The New York Post read: “The Man Who Would Be Cole." At that time, Harris wasn't ready for such comparisons, but a few years later he was contacted by Camelot Productions in Israel to see if he'd consider doing a 10-day tour in tribute to Cole. The tour was a tremendous success - all 10 shows were sold out and the crowds demanded encores at every venue.

“So, when the Kennedy Center asked my manager if I would be interested in doing a tribute to Nat 'King' Cole for two nights, we both knew that a live recording would be a great way to capture the intimacy of the songs I wanted to sing," Harris recalls. These songs include Cole classics such as “L-O-V-E," “The Very Thought of You," and “Unforgettable."

Now, with his new CD release Long Live the King, Allan Harris finally pays homage to one of the most recognizable singers on the planet. Harris' romantically appealing voice reaches out with a heartbreaking depth that caresses the songs. By combining the best of the past with his unique gift to create something fresh and distinctive, Harris treats each of these classics, from “Nature Boy" to “It's Only a Paper Moon" to “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons," with his fullest respect.

The recording features Robert Grabowski on bass, Jim Gasior on piano, Larry Marshall on the drums and Jesse Jones on sax and flute, some of Harris's favorite musicians from the Miami area, his old stomping ground. For this special performance and recording live at The Kennedy Center, Harris wanted to work with musicians who had a relaxed approach and whom he had played with often over the years. Long Live The King was produced by Pat Harris.

Says Allan: “This 13 song tribute to Mr. Cole is my most heartfelt recording to date and a culmination of years of love and appreciation to those who were gracious enough to compare me to this remarkable man."

With the release of Long Live The King, Harris is planning a live tour of this repertoire, including a special record release performance at New York City's Blue Note on September 10 and a return to The Kennedy Center on September 28 and 29. For dates and more information, visit www.allanharris.com.

Allan Harris Long Live The King [LPR 005] available on CD September 4, 2007.

This story appears courtesy of Impress Media - Jennifer Niederhoffer.
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