You may have noticed that there aren't a whole lot of male jazz singers on the scene today. I ran across one of that vanishing breed last January at the IAJE Conference in Long Beach, California, and he handed me a copy of his most recent CD, Remembering Mr. Cole. The singer in question is Massachusetts-bred Joe Bourne, and he and the Gary Moran Trio, who share top billing, are much better than expected.
The album is of course a tribute to the incomparable Nat King Cole, which is entirely appropriate, as there's a lot of Cole in Bourne's silky-smooth ...read more
Remembering Mr. Cole is an easy stroll through 16 Nat King Cole-associated numbers by silky-smooth vocalist Joe Bourne, backed by the Gary Moran Trio. Not surprisingly, there is little of the shock of the new here, but the Moran Trio is more than adept at light and airy swing, while Bourne sings with warmth and enthusiasm.
Tribute albums often seem like an act of masochism. Inevitably, the reconceived performances will compare unfavorably to the revered classics. This divide between old and refurbished becomes even more apparent in an age such as ours when the products of the past ...read more
Singers have tried to imitate Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, and other notable legends with mixed results. How can one ever hope to replace the original? In this day and age when our CD and DVD collections boast some of the best audio reproductions ever thought imaginable, we know for sure that we've already got those memories locked up.
Freddie Cole tested the waters. His sound was so much like his brother's that it was difficult to tell them apart. He wanted to remind the public that his sound was his own--but the parallel ...read more
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