It's hardly a criticism of Freddy Cole to say that he sounds almost eerily like big brother Nat. They share an unmistakable vocal timbre that can only be attributed to incredibly fortunate genes. This 1997 Fantasy album is one of his best - a swinging collection of standards delivered with grace, emotion, and a mature confidence.
Few singers know their way around an old tune like Cole. With remarkable patience and impeccable timing, he brings a fresh perspective to familiar songs like "In the Still of the Night," "Candy," "For All We Know," and "I'll Be Seeing You." The fine supporting cast includes Joe Locke on vibes, Joe Ford on soprano sax, George Mraz on bass, and Steve Berrios and Yoron Israel on drums. An outstanding pianist (again like his brother), Cole bows out on the keyboards on all but one tune here in favor of soulful young phenom Cyrus Chestnut.
This is supremely elegant music and great jazz for the wee small hours of the morning.
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