Nat King Cole: The Frim Fram Sauce
The Frim Fram Sauce
The King Cole Trio
The Best of the Nat King Cole Trio: The Vocal Classics (1942-4) (Capitol Jazz CDP 7243 8 33571 2 3)
Composed by Joe Ricardel & Redd Evans.
Recorded: Los Angeles, October 11, 1945
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
The King Cole Trio offered a mid-1940s alternative to the shrillness of bop and the bombast of big bands; their subdued dynamics heralded a kinder, gentler jazz. Vocally and instrumentally, Nat King Cole was Minister of Protocool. As for the squirrelly lyrics of this saucy hit, suffice to say the song's about attitude, as this hepcat (played by Nat) goes into a restaurant, orders fare not on the menu, then gallantly requests a check for the water. Nat King Cool. A jive classic.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz