Freddy Cole 2011

Freddy Cole - Rio De Janeiro Blue (2001)  Music

Posted by Designol at May 14, 2017
Freddy Cole - Rio De Janeiro Blue (2001)

Freddy Cole - Rio De Janeiro Blue (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 262 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 126 Mb | Scans ~ 66 Mb
Vocal Jazz, Piano Jazz, Latin Jazz | Label: Telarc | # CD-83525 | 00:52:40

Freddy Cole is a marvelous singer, combining consummate ease with a lyric and acute sense of melodic and rhythmic phrasing. Whether it's the lost love of the title song or the reliable romance of Cole Porter's "I Concentrate on You," Cole's warm baritone creates the impression that everything he sings has been made up on the spot, as if every lyric is the current sum of his thoughts and experiences. That conversational art is much in evidence in this mix of Brazilian and jazz tunes, extending to the way Cole interacts with his sidemen and they with him. There are two basic groups here, an all-star Latin septet with arrangements by pianist Arturo O'Farrill and Cole's own working quartet, but there are also several permutations in between. O'Farrill's work is tailor-made to Cole's throaty voice, mixing it with contrasting flute and guitar and complementary trombone timbres, the latter provided by Angel "Papa" Vazquez, just one of several superb soloists. Tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander adds inventive, hard-swinging tenor to "I Concentrate"; Joe Beck's guitars define the delicacy of Jobim's "Sem Voce," sung here in the original Portuguese; and O'Farrill's piano is a dancing delight whenever it comes to the fore.

Freddy Cole - To The Ends Of The Earth (1997)  Music

Posted by Designol at May 7, 2017
Freddy Cole - To The Ends Of The Earth (1997)

Freddy Cole - To The Ends Of The Earth (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 369 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 161 Mb | Scans ~ 49 Mb | 01:07:33
Vocal Jazz, Piano Jazz, Mainstream Jazz | Label: Fantasy Records | # FCD-9675-2

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 elegance, emotion, and a mature confidence. Few singers know their way around an old tune like Cole. 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.

Freddy Cole - Love Makes The Changes (1998)  Music

Posted by Designol at May 4, 2017
Freddy Cole - Love Makes The Changes (1998)

Freddy Cole - Love Makes The Changes (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 323 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 134 Mb | Scans ~ 70 Mb
Vocal Jazz, Piano Jazz, Mainstream Jazz | Label: Fantasy | # FCD-9681-2 | 00:55:39

When jazz vocalist Freddy Cole sings, it's with a built-in groove that's unshakeable, with warm, honeyed tones that wrap the lyrics in velvet and set them down firmly in the pocket. Cole has one great little album here; if you thought it was impossible to produce a modern-day jazz vocal album that's not infused with endless oodles-of-noodles riffing that shows you nothing except the ability of the vocalist to sing everything but the melody, be prepared for greatness. With a small combo led by pianist Cedar Walton and tenor saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr., Cole has a backdrop that never gets in the way of his magic nor does anything that doesn't help the song. Timber-wise, he owes a lot of his phrasing to his older brother, Nat "King" Cole, and Francis Albert Sinatra, but Freddy ultimately remains his own man and that's what makes this album such a success. Ten or 12 stars, at least.

Freddy Cole - I'm Not My Brother, I'm Me (1990) Re-Release 2004  Music

Posted by Designol at April 2, 2017
Freddy Cole - I'm Not My Brother, I'm Me (1990) Re-Release 2004

Freddy Cole - I'm Not My Brother, I'm Me (1990) Re-Release 2004
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 278 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 201 Mb | Scans included
Vocal Jazz, Piano Jazz, Mainstream Jazz | Label: HighNote | # HCD 7125 | 01:08:22

One can sympathize with Freddie Cole's plight. The younger brother of Nat King Cole, Freddie has spent most of his life in his brother's shadow, even though Nat died in 1965. The problem is that Freddie is also a pianist/vocalist and sometimes performs similar material. In fact, the title of this CD is a bit absurd, since Cole is heard playing in the same type of group that Nat made famous (a trio with guitarist Ed Zad and bassist Eddie Edwards) and his repertoire includes such songs as "Home Fried Potatoes," "To Whom It May Concern," "The Best Man," and a ten-minute, six-song "Nat Cole Medley." Add to that such originals as "He Was the King" and "I'm Not My Brother, I'm Me," and one is not allowed to forget for a moment that Freddie was Nat's brother. Actually, Freddie has an older and raspier voice (which is natural, since he has outlived Nat) and his piano style is more tied to 1950s jazz (such as Red Garland) than to swing. This fairly definitive CD from Freddie Cole does give one a strong sampling of his talents.

Freddy Cole - He Was The King (2016)  Music

Posted by funkerman at April 3, 2016
Freddy Cole - He Was The King (2016)

Freddy Cole - He Was The King (2016)
Jazz Vocals | MP3 320 kbps | 52:13 min | ~122 Mb
Label: HighNote Records | Tracks: 12 | 2016

When Freddy Cole is asked why he is finally releasing a tribute to his legendary older brother, who left this world 50 years ago, his answer is hardly surprising. "Because I felt the time was right." Anytime is the right time for a new Freddy Cole CD but this one is particularly welcome. The first thing you notice is the way that Freddy and friends, especially tenor titan Houston Person, address the entire breadth and scope of the Cole Songbook. Freddy sings everything from jazz standards to luminescent ballads. He reinterprets songs from his brother's early jazz period as well his more mature years as a chart-topping pop headliner. His selections range from the most famous Nat King Cole songs, like "Sweet Lorraine," to the relatively obscure, such as the hard-swinging and rhythmically righteous "That's My Girl."

Freddy Cole - Merry Go Round (2000) [Repost]  Music

Posted by DjangoTiger at Oct. 2, 2015
Freddy Cole - Merry Go Round (2000) [Repost]

Freddy Cole - Merry Go Round (2000)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 11 Tracks | 56:07 | 131 MB
Genre: Jazz, Swing, Vocal Jazz, Piano | Label: Telarc

Freddy Cole is a songwriter's dream, able to impart his own distinct personality to a song while remaining faithful to its lyric and melody. He surrounds a song with the warm presence of his voice, but within that breathy glow, he's capable of the subtlest inflection, from irony to wary satisfaction and the most wistful sense of loss. He's also able to swing masterfully at medium tempos, as he does on "I Remember You" and the relaxed rendition of "It's Impossible." While Cole can stamp his own identity on a familiar tune, he can also bring out the best in an unexpected song. "Merry-Go-Round," by the team of Bobby Scott and Herb Martin…

Freddy Cole - The Cole Nobody Knows (1977) [2010]  Music

Posted by DjangoTiger at May 7, 2015
Freddy Cole - The Cole Nobody Knows (1977) [2010]

Freddy Cole - The Cole Nobody Knows (1977) [2010]
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 9 Tracks | 34:41 | 80 MB
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Soul Jazz, Piano | Label: Sonorama

The younger brother of Nat King Cole and uncle of Natalie Cole, singer/pianist Freddy Cole sounds a great deal like his celebrated sibling, yet has a personality of his own. Cole, whose vocals tend to be a bit darker and slightly rougher, began playing piano at five or six. He was interested in playing football professionally, but decided to pursue a career in music after a hand injury ended his career as an athlete. He debuted on vinyl in 1952 when he recorded the single "The Joke's on Me" for the obscure Chicago-based Topper Records. His next single, "Whispering Grass," on Columbia's OKeh label, was a moderate hit in 1953. In the '60s and '70s, he developed a small following recording for various small labels. Cole founded his First Shot label in the '80s and went on to record for Sunnyside and LaserLight in the early '90s…

Freddy Cole - Singing The Blues (2014)  Music

Posted by mark70 at Nov. 5, 2014
Freddy Cole - Singing The Blues (2014)

Freddy Cole - Singing The Blues (2014)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 44:51 min | 107 MB
Genre: Vocal Jazz, Blues | Label: HighNote

Freddy Cole is one of American popular music s great performers. Like pop icon Tony Bennett, Cole is a beloved musician s musician and a living link not just to the Great American Songbook but to jazz and blues history. His total command of his voice and his beloved stage personality combines the bluesy minimalism of Count Basie, the urbane sophistication of George Shearing and the uptown swagger of Duke Ellington.

Freddy Cole - This And That (2013)  Music

Posted by mark70 at Oct. 13, 2013
Freddy Cole - This And That (2013)

Freddy Cole - This And That (2013)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 61:50 min | 143 MB
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz | Label: HighNote

If you ever wonder what jazz will sound like after all the modernist and post-modernist agendas fall out of fashion then you need look no further than the recordings of Freddy Cole. When Freddy sings, we are left with the music itself, with songs true to their own emotional prerogatives. Such is the case with Cole's 2013 HighNote Recording, featuring songs which run the gamut from the intensely personal "What Color is Love" to the extroverted "Bang Bang Boogie." With his usual rhythm section with Bootsie Barnes and Josh Brown added, Freddy & Co. let the music speak eloquently for itself.

Freddy Cole: Merry Go Round  Music

Posted by zerumuga at March 16, 2008
Freddy Cole: Merry Go Round

Freddy Cole: Merry Go Round
Jazz | 2000 | Time 56:05 | Front Cover | APE 273Mb | MP3 320Kbps | 135MB