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Freddy Cole at The Jazz Corner

Read "Freddy Cole at The Jazz Corner" reviewed by Martin McFie

Freddy Cole at the Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island South Carolina October 19-20, 2018 Freddy Cole turned 87 years of age on October 15th, 2018 and played The Jazz Corner the next weekend. He is not so spry now, but he still completed his world tour again this year, including Australia and Japan, with his grandson Tracy to keep him company. He first came to Hilton Head in 1972 in his ...

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Freddy Cole: The Dreamer In Me

Read "The Dreamer In Me" reviewed by Marcia Hillman

This CD ably captures Freddy Cole in a live set at New York”s Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, from February 2008. Cole sings his way through a selection of non-overdone material, accompanying himself on piano on five of the tracks (the remaining piano chores delightfully handled by John DiMartino). The rest of the band includes Jerry Weldon on tenor saxophone, guitarist Randy Napoleon, bassist Elias Bailey and drummer Curtis Boyd (the latter three his usual touring group). Cole ...

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Freddy Cole / The Bill Charlap Trio: Music Maestro Please

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"How's it going? Let's talk some. That's the kind of atmosphere Freddy Cole sings. He's casual, chatty and comforting, like a good old friend. A bit more gravel in his voice these days only adds to the warmth of his style. In a choice set of selections from the Great American Songbook there are some particular standouts. “Music Maestro Please serves as a last-call-for-alcohol moment perfectly suited to Cole's particular swinging ever so gentle buddy-to-buddy style. When he drifts into ...

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Freddy Cole: Cole and Laid Back

Read "Freddy Cole: Cole and Laid Back" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

For Music Maestro Please (High Note, 2007), his seventeenth releases since I'm Not My Brother, I'm Me (High Note, 1990), singer/pianist Freddy Cole teamed with pianist Bill Charlap and his trio, featuring bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington. The album features songs that, for the most part, the Georgia Music Hall of Famer (he was inducted in 2007 as a music pioneer--"the first time for a jazz performer," he comments--in a ceremony that also nominated rapper/actor Usher and rock ...

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Freddy Cole: Because of You: Freddy Cole Sings Tony Bennett

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Confession, they say, is good for the soul. So this reviewer must confess to only a recent realization of Freddy Cole's extraordinary talent. Simply put, he knows how to do it; this tribute to another singer who gets it--Tony Bennett--is touching. Cole's relaxed, bluesy approach, enhanced by those cracks in his voice, is perfect for “I Got Lost in Her Arms." And although Billie Holiday comes to mind first for “Getting Some Fun out of Life," there ...

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Freddy Cole: The Cole Nobody Knows

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Freddy Cole The Cole Nobody Knows Plan B Productions 2005

Nat King Cole was unforgettable. His shadow extended far and wide. But, no one ever intended for that shadow to obscure the careers of Natalie, Ike, Eddie or Freddy Cole. Their talents overlap somewhat, but there's never been reason to consider the relationship anything more than what it is. There are other family members, too, and each has shown that heredity counts ...

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Freddy Cole: This Love of Mine

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Freddy Cole has crafted a marvelous performance with This Love of Mine. He mingles old warhorses, giving them new clothes and offers newer songs, making them sound ageless. Here and there the voice sounds frayed but it only adds to his authority. The afterglow that the session radiates makes it a keeper. The delights start with a swinging “What Now My Love? What is remarkable is Cole's ability to swing with authority and with ease. The trademark ...

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Freddy Cole: Waiter Ask The Man to Play the Blues

Read "Waiter Ask The Man to Play the Blues" reviewed by Javier AQ Ortiz

Originally released either in 1956, according to Freddy Cole's official website, or 1964, per the reissue's information, Waiter Ask The Man to Play the Blues: Freddie Cole Sings & Plays Some Lonely Ballads isn't--as the title might tempt one to think--an exercise in despondent blues and wrist slashing. Actually, it has plenty of tight, low, sizzling bluesy swing. Cab Calloway alumni Milt Hinton and Sam “The Man Taylor (the latter being the instrumental star of the session) ...

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Freddy Cole: I'm Not My Brother, I'm Me

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Despite its unfortunate title, I'm Not My Brother, I'm Me is much more a tribute to Nat “King" Cole from younger brother Freddy Cole than a declaration of Freddy's independence. A fine singer and pianist in his own right, Freddy has spent his career in the shadow of his much better-known sibling - even three decades after Nat's death. The two share an almost uncanny vocal resemblance, both in terms of the distinctive smoky timbre of their ...

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Freddy Cole: Rio de Janeiro Blue

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The confluence of Freddy Cole's style with the appeal of Brazilian music seems such a natural that one wonders why it didn't happen before. But the confluence finally does happen on Rio de Janeiro Blue as Cole elucidates the connection between tunes from the American songbook and the emotional significance of Brazilian tunes.That connection, basically, involves setting a mood and telling a story, thus using the foundation of musical fiction to reach conclusions about life's truths. Most often, ...

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Freddy Cole: Merry Go Round

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There's the eternal question of what makes a jazz singer. (Well, it's not really eternal, but in jazz years, it might as well be.) Is a jazz singer one who adopts instrumental phrasing, even though many jazz musicians swear that they are trying to simulate the human voice in turn? Is a jazz singer one who abandons or inter-mixes lyrics? Is a jazz singer one who surrounds oneself with jazz musicians?While certain vocalists like Nat Cole are accepted ...

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Freddy Cole: Merry Go Round

Read "Merry Go Round" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Have sympathy for the sibling of the famous entertainer. Folks like Jerry Van Dyke, Billy Ripken, and the Baldwin brother that made the movie with Cindy Crawford (at least he got to work with a supermodel) all have had careers in which they could not step out from the large shadow cast by their brothers. The best bet for brothers is to pick separate careers or instruments like Elvin, Thad and Hank Jones. But save you pity for singer/pianist Freddie ...


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