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Format: CD
Sku: 216602528
UPC: 632375721428
UPC 14: 00632375721428
Release Date: 8/3/2010
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Tender is the Night ~ Freddy Cole
2. Cottage For Sale ~ Freddy Cole
3. Portrait ~ Freddy Cole
4. I Apologize ~ Freddy Cole
5. Jelly Jelly ~ Freddy Cole
6. Somehow ~ Freddy Cole
7. To Be or Not To Be In Love ~ Freddy Cole
8. Pretty One ~ Freddy Cole
9. Ma, She's Makin' Eyes At Me ~ Freddy Cole
10. High and the Mighty, The ~ Freddy Cole
11. No Orchids For My Lady ~ Freddy Cole
12. Mister, You've Gone and Got the Blues ~ Freddy Cole

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Freddy Cole (vocals); Randy Napoleon (guitar); John Di Martino (piano); Curits Boyd (drums).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Katherine Miller.
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Mark Ruffin.
Muze PNote Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY (05/02/2010-05/03/2010).
Muze PNote Photographer: Clay Walker.
Muze PNote Arrangers: John Di Martino; Randy Napoleon; Freddy Cole.
Muze PNote Throughout his career, Freddy Cole has striven to maintain a style and tone that don't echo that of his older sibling, Nat, too closely, once even recording an album called I'm Not My Brother, I'm Me (although Freddy did his proclamation a disservice by cutting that album with a trio not unlike Nat's early configuration and including a Nat medley). Still, the familial resemblance has been undeniable, and even several decades after his own debut and the death of Nat, Freddy Cole's music sometimes can't help but bring to mind the more famous relative. Nonetheless, one shouldn't read too much into Freddy Cole's decision to record an album of songs associated with Billy Eckstine, rather than a tribute to Nat King Cole. Like Freddy, Eckstine was a Chicago-bred baritone and the two were close friends from the time Freddy was a youngster (Eckstine often visited the Cole house) up until Eckstine's death in 1993. The influence of Eckstine upon Cole has been significant and well documented, and this collection provides a golden opportunity to understand just how much Cole has absorbed from Eckstine without resorting to imitating him. A case in point is Cole's reading of "Jelly Jelly," which Eckstine co-wrote and first sang with Earl Hines in 1940. Eckstine's take is grittier, a vibrato-infused crawling blues that naturally befits the time and place it was recorded. Cole's remake is no less authentic, although not as jagged and more pop-oriented, more apropos of a seasoned veteran of nearly 80 interpreting what is essentially a period piece for a modern audience. Any affectations that might tie the tune to a more ribald origin are eliminated or smoothed over -- the new version would be at home in any sophisticated contemporary nightclub populated by patrons who might be scared off by the streetwise Eckstine-Hines approach. "Cottage for Sale," a hit for Eckstine in the mid-'40s, is here given a casual, shuffling ballad treatment, Cole's voice revealing the slightest cracks as he unveils the story line, sympathetically accompanied by his regular band of John DeMartino (piano), Randy Napoleon (guitar), Elias Bailey (bass), and Curtis Boyd (drums), with Houston Person joining on tenor saxophone on most tracks. For "Ma, She's Makin' Eyes at Me," Cole dismisses all but Bailey for the first minute, focusing the light on his snappy, coolly swinging vocal until the others are allowed to join in. Similarly, the album's closer, "Mister, You've Gone and Got the Blues," leaves it up to guitarist Napoleon to provide the shape to Cole's vocal during its first third, before it all opens up. Overall, Cole succeeds in his mission to remind us of the greatness of Billy Eckstine, but at the same time he reminds us that Freddy Cole, too, is and always has been his own man. ~ Jeff Tamarkin

Producer: Todd Barkan

Engineer: Katherine Miller

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Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 08/03/2010
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2010
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : HCD 7214
Music Label Name Label : Highnote Records, Inc.
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00632375721428

Professional Reviews

Down Beat (p.70)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "Cole's chamber style is intimate and chatty on the ballads, amiable and swinging as a soft-shoe elsewhere."

JazzTimes (p.63)
- "Houston Person is the marquee accompanist, and he adds expectedly superb tenor sax tailoring to seven of the 12 tracks."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Cole,Freddy
Product attributeLabel:   Highnote Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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