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 Coles brother. Freddy even recorded his composition -
Im Not My Brother: Im Me - revealing a struggle
for separate identity.
Several recordings ago, and after myriad appearances throughout the world,
Freddy Cole still remains Nats 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, Coles 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, theres no shying away from Brazilian
art forms. Coles 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 legends brother.
His kinship is with the broader global audience of Jazz.
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