375

Freddy Cole: This Love of Mine

By

Sign in to view read count
Freddy Cole: This Love of Mine 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 Cole family crooning comes to the fore on Benny Carter's "I Was Wrong, lovingly played by Joe Williams and Carter in 1995. Cole essays a plaintive strain that eluded even those giants of song. Even more unexpected is Lionel Ritchie's soul ballad "Still. Shadowed by Eric Alexander's spot-on tenor saxophone and cushioned by David Hazeltine's perfect arrangement, he soars on the bridge, a marvel of elegant expression.

The highest point of the session however comes from one of the warhorses, Frank Sinatra's self-pitying opus "This Love of Mine. John DiMartino's arrangement puts a new rhythmic spin on the song which leads to Cole's fresh perspective on the lyric. He eschews the near maudlin for the upbeat. He will make it, "though life is empty now that you are gone. And the kicker is the switch to burning swing in the bridge with David "Fathead Newman leading.

Perusing the repertoire brings its own joys: seldom-heard gems like Bob Dorough's bittersweet ballad "But for Now nestle next to old standards like "Out in the Cold Again and "That Old Feeling. He even takes a turn on a Fred Astaire favorite, "The Continental.

The session's valediction, plain and soulful, is the blues, still a building block of jazz. "On the South Side of Chicago offers this face of jazz too seldom heard today. Never really raising his voice, he conveys the essence of the song and the genre. This session invites the listener to sit back, listen, and enjoy.

Track Listing: What Now My Love?; I Was Wrong; Still; This Love of Mine; The Continental; But for Now; That Old Feeling; Out in the Cold Again; You and I; On the South Side of Chicago.

Personnel: Freddy Cole: vocals; David "Fathead" Newman: tenor saxophone (4,8); Eric Alexander: tenor saxophone (1,3,5,7,10); John Di Martino: piano, arrangements (except for 3,5 arranged by David Hazeltine); Derrick Hodge: bass; Mark Taylor: drums.

Title: This Love of Mine | Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: HighNote Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Antidote CD/LP/Track Review Antidote
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 29, 2017
Read The Colours Suite CD/LP/Track Review The Colours Suite
by Mark Sullivan
Published: June 29, 2017
Read Musical Journey Through Time CD/LP/Track Review Musical Journey Through Time
by Roger Farbey
Published: June 29, 2017
Read Gentle Giants CD/LP/Track Review Gentle Giants
by Troy Dostert
Published: June 29, 2017
Read The Company I Keep CD/LP/Track Review The Company I Keep
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 28, 2017
Read Ma De Re Sha CD/LP/Track Review Ma De Re Sha
by Geno Thackara
Published: June 28, 2017
Read "Duke Ellington's Treasury Shows - Vol. 21" CD/LP/Track Review Duke Ellington's Treasury Shows - Vol. 21
by Chris Mosey
Published: August 11, 2016
Read "Rímur" CD/LP/Track Review Rímur
by Henning Bolte
Published: March 1, 2017
Read "Cave Art" CD/LP/Track Review Cave Art
by Rokas Kucinskas
Published: August 20, 2016
Read "Binary" CD/LP/Track Review Binary
by John Sharpe
Published: January 21, 2017
Read "Backlog" CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 17, 2017
Read "Tyrant Lizard" CD/LP/Track Review Tyrant Lizard
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 2, 2017

Smart Advertising!

Musician? Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with our Premium Profile service.