We lost one of our legends when the late, great Natalie Cole passed this past New Year's Eve. The talented songstress and daughter of Nat King Cole was a legend in her own right, racking up nine GRAMMY Awards (including besting then-reigning GRAMMY queen Aretha Franklin in the Best Female R&B Vocal Performance category with her 1975 single "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)." One of the last recordings that Natalie ever did was her cover of the standard "Come Sunday," which was featured on drummer Terri Lyne Carrington's 2015 release The Mosaic Project: Love and Soul. Today, in honor of the life of her dear friend, Terri releases a jazz remix of the track for our listening pleasure.
The original version found Terri melding a drum 'n' bass aesthetic with Natalie's jazzy vocal stylings, creating an aggressive yet stylish opening number for her collection. The new remix, which Terri premiered on Billboard, plays off the jazz inflections of Natalie's vocal. While the drumming is still somewhat frenetic, it's toned down a bit as layers of piano and soft guitar flourishes are used to accent the legend's crystalline voice. And with the uplifting, hopeful lyrics of the tune (originally introduced to the world by jazz great Duke Ellington), the inclusion of muted trumpet to underscore their beauty is a genius choice.
The world was lucky to be able to share in a talent as great as Natalie's. Thanks to other great musical talents like Terri Lyne, we have moments like this one to remember her by. Take a listen to the jazz remix of "Come Sunday" right here, and be sure to pick up Terri's The Mosaic Project: Love and Soul, which is available in stores now.