Over the years, drummer Nat Yarbrough set the groove for alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson’s band as well as organ trios led by Big John Patton and Freddie Roach. He was also a member of Gene Harris’ Three Sounds. Before he took up drums, he was known as a singer. On his latest release, “Triple Play,” his talents as a vocalist are showcased in duets with Ellyn Rucker, Marguerite Juenemann of Rare Silk and Julie Monley. Yarbrough sings in a smooth, relaxed style that reflects the influences of Billy Eckstine and Nat Cole. The viruouso pianist, Chip Stephens, and the imaginative bassist, Bijou Barbarosa, join Nat on this recording of vocal and instrumental tracks.
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