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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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Richie Cole and the Alto Madness Orchestra: Rise's Rose Garden

Read "Rise's Rose Garden" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Risë's Rose Garden is a compelling, if not profound, statement of Richie Cole's vision of “Alto Madness, the saxophonist's respectful allusion to the Sonny Rollins/John Coltrane lower reed affliction. The disc was recorded in the wake of Cole's wife's death last year--and if, as paraphrased by the late Will Durant, the greatest beauty is begat of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Richie Cole and the Alto Madness Orchestra: Rise's Rose Garden

Read "Rise's Rose Garden" reviewed by Jack Bowers

There's often more in a package of music than meets the eye--or ear. I don't know how difficult it must have been for saxophonist Richie Cole to produce this album, but I can imagine. The Risë in the title is Cole's wife, who passed away last April, only a few weeks before the album was recorded. ...


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