"Without music, life would be a mistake."
Friedrich Nietzsche

 

ATLANTA’S FREDDY COLE: CARRYING THE TRADITION


Freddy Cole has lived in Atlanta since 1972, and is familiar to thousands of fans who enjoyed his regular performances at the posh Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead during the years when he was convincing jazz enthusiasts he was much more than Nat King Cole’s brother. Freddy even recorded his composition - I’m Not My Brother: I’m Me - revealing a struggle for separate identity.

Several recordings ago, and after myriad appearances throughout the world, Freddy Cole still remains Nat’s brother but other than his expertise on the piano, the comparisons have ended. This Cole stands as his own man. Recording for Telarc records, his latest CD, Rio de Janeiro Blue, showcases his Tony Bennett approach to romantic ballads, with no compromising of his original style. While the title is Carnival-inspired, Cole’s vocals weave through a delightful menu of graceful songs suited for his soft approach to romance. The result is a fine evening of listening and dreaming at home alone or with someone who enjoys the glory of love delivered by a master.

Freddy Cole has been influenced by Brazilian music forms since his first visit to Rio almost two decades ago. Rather than imitate the Bosa-Nova stylings of other American Jazz artists, Cole found that the ambience of the great city could be translated into traditional jazz forms, without being necessarily tied to one form of rhythm. However, there’s no shying away from Brazilian art forms. Cole’s rendition of the Antonio Carlos Jobin-penned Sem Voce, sung in Portuguese, displays jazz as a universal message and Freddy Cole as an accomplished messenger.

Whether straight with no chaser or some wonderfully inventive driving piano solos, Freddy Cole is firmly positioned as more than a legend’s brother. His kinship is with the broader global audience of Jazz
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