344

Richard Cole: Shade

John Barron By

Sign in to view read count
Richard Cole: Shade Shade, Saxophonist Richard Cole's third release for Origin Records, is a stellar production compiled from various sessions featuring trumpet legend Randy Brecker and a bevy of heavy hitters from the Pacific Northwest. The disc is chock-full of inspired solos, edgy compositions and inventive arranging.

Cole is an aggressive soloist who, much like his saxophone heroes John Coltrane and Joe Henderson, challenges the harmonic boundaries of each tune in search of new and unblemished ideas. The tenor saxophone is Cole's horn of choice on Shade, however, his soprano playing on "Don't Breath on Me — a lyrical waltz written by brother Ronald—is equally brawny and engaging.

Brecker's trumpet shines on four tracks: "A Shade of Joe, (Cole's tribute to Henderson) the Gene DePaul/ Don Raye standard "You Don't Know What Love Is, "P.C. Wannabe, (a variation on Coltrane's "Mr. P.C. ) and the funky "Red Suit. His lines are characteristically soulful and inventive.

Bill Anschell handles the bulk of the disc's piano duties with energetic vigor. The commanding pianist swings aggressively through "Moxy, his angular compositional take on the Sonny Rollins classic "Doxy. John Hansen, Randy Porter and Marc Seales each take over the keyboard chair for one tune apiece. Seales' Fender Rhodes workout on "Red Suit is one of the stand-out solos on the disc.

The disc contains numerous appearances by top-notch bassists and drummers. Some of the more memorable rhythm section moments come from drummer Gary Hobbs who is explosive on "A Shade of Joe, and bassist Jeff Johnson who plays an extended solo intro on "Beautiful Love.

For those unfamiliar with Cole, this disc should leave no doubt as to the magnitude of his musical strength. The brazen display of emotional range emanating from the man's horn is overwhelming. Shade is a sonic delight from start to finish.


Track Listing: A Shade of Joe; Moxy; You Dont Know What Love Is; Dont Breath on Me; P.C. Wannabe; Red Suit; I Could Write a Book; Beautiful Love.

Personnel: Richard Cole: tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone; Randy Brecker: trumpet (1,3,5,6); Thomas Marriott: trumpet (1); David Marriott: trombone (1); Bill Anschell: piano (2,4,5,7,8); John Hansen: piano (3); Randy Porter: piano (1); Marc Seales: Fender Rhodes (6); Dave Peterson: guitar (1); Glenn Lorbiecki: guitar (6); Jeff Johnson: bass (2,4,7,8); Chuck Deardorf: bass (3,5,6); Chuck Bergeron: bass (1); Gary Hobbs: drums (1,3,5,6); John Bishop: drums (2,4,7,8); Chris Stromquist: congas, shekere (3).

Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Origin Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by Mark F. Turner
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Before The Silence CD/LP/Track Review Before The Silence
by John Sharpe
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Process And Reality CD/LP/Track Review Process And Reality
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1 CD/LP/Track Review Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 24, 2017
Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read "Hasta Karma" CD/LP/Track Review Hasta Karma
by Tyran Grillo
Published: April 29, 2016
Read "Cuts" CD/LP/Track Review Cuts
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 5, 2016
Read "Summer Skyshift" CD/LP/Track Review Summer Skyshift
by John Sharpe
Published: August 18, 2016
Read "New Birth" CD/LP/Track Review New Birth
by Mike Jacobs
Published: July 30, 2016
Read "Mingus, Mingus, Mingus" CD/LP/Track Review Mingus, Mingus, Mingus
by Troy Dostert
Published: September 21, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!