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ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Richie Cole: Blue Collar Bebopper

Read "Richie Cole: Blue Collar Bebopper" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

Jazz alto saxophonist Richie Cole wants to reach out to you, whether you are the mayor of a highly popular tourist city or just a guy dropping over for a couple of beers.

“I play for people," says Cole. “People are all the same. If they understand or want to understand jazz, I welcome ...

L'ultimo hipster. La vita e la musica di Mark Murphy

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Non trovate accenni a Mark Murphy nelle più recenti storie del jazz, neanche il nome. Una lacuna che appare inspiegabile (a differenza di Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormè e Tony Bennett) che si giustifica solo col ritardo a collocare il cantante di Syracuse in una prospettiva storica.

Eppure già prima della sua scomparsa -il ...

Richie Cole Alto Madness Orchestra: The Many Minds of Richie Cole

Read "The Many Minds of Richie Cole" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

Alto saxophonist Richie Cole is a living, breathing anachronism and has arguably been one since he first burst out of Berklee School of Music onto the stage as featured soloist with the Buddy Rich big band in the 1970's.

While many of his contemporaries were following the lead of Chuck Berry and The Beatles, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Richie Cole: Have Yourself An Alto Madness Christmas

Read "Have Yourself An Alto Madness Christmas" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

Christmas music is a sort of sub genre of American pop, mostly maudlin and uninspiring in its lyrics, harmony and melody. Yet, it is a perennial magnet for jazz artists.

On the other end of the spectrum is Richie Cole, a brash altoist and sort of a merry prankster bebop artist. Fans and critics ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Richie Cole: Have Yourself an Alto Madness Christmas

Read "Have Yourself an Alto Madness Christmas" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Yes, there are jazz musicians who earn more bread than Richie Cole, and others who rank higher in the popularity contests that double as polls. There aren't many, however, who have more fun making music than the well-traveled alto saxophonist who, late in life, has found a place to call home in Pittsburgh, PA.

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Richie Cole: Richie Cole Plays Ballads & Love Songs

Read "Richie Cole Plays Ballads & Love Songs" reviewed by Jim Trageser

Alto saxophonist Richie Cole has made quite the career with his brand of hard bop, generally coming at melody almost as an unintended consequence of his heavy focus on improvisational interpretation.

On his latest release--itself an unintended consequence of a recording date arriving without half the scheduled musicians able to attend--Cole taps into his ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Gerry Malkin Quintet at the BeanRunner Café

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Gerry Malkin Quintet
The BeanRunner Café
Peekskill, New York
November 12, 2016

The Gerry Malkin Quintet is a quintessential, hard-working, New York area group that plays top-notch music, while going under-recognized in the competitive and crowded metropolitan marketplace. What is atypical of its session-savvy members are jazz pedigrees that run deep ...

NEWS: RECORDING

"Richie Cole Plays Ballads & Love Songs," Cole's First Ballad Album In His 45-year Career, To Be Released Oct. 21

"Richie Cole Plays Ballads & Love Songs," Cole's First Ballad Album In His 45-year Career, To Be Released Oct. 21

Setting down roots in Pittsburgh two years ago has borne fruit for alto saxophonist Richie Cole in the form of his beautiful new album, Richie Cole Plays Ballads & Love Songs. The CD, his first all-ballads album, will be released on his Richie Cole Presents imprint on October 21. “I don’t play the saxophone, I sing the ...

Richie Cole: Pittsburgh

Read "Pittsburgh" reviewed by Jack Bowers

After a lifetime of movin' on that has taken him from Trenton, NJ, to cities, towns and hamlets across the country and around the world, it seems that alto saxophonist Richie Cole, now fifty-eight, is at last ready to settle down and plant some roots. As he declares in his latest album's opening number, “I Have ...

Time Check: A Paucity of Riches?

Read "Time Check: A Paucity of Riches?" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On May 18, Betty and I flew to Los Angeles to attend Time Check: A Buddy Rich Alumni Reunion, a four-day panorama sponsored by the L.A. Jazz Institute and held at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, about a stone's throw or two from the LAX airport. We arrived early afternoon so we could also be present for ...


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