was really closer to Nat King Cole
than he was to being an innovative R&B and soul singer (and pianist) when he first began recording with his trio in 1949, although the spark of something unique and special was already visible and audible. This two-disc, 51-track set collects the early sides Charles
recorded between 1949 and 1952, and rounds things out with ten tracks cut by Bill Samuels
, an artist who was also working in the same Nat King Cole
template at the time.