Freddy Cole: The Dreamer in Me
Live at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
(Freddy Cole Website)
(Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website)
2009 High Note Records, Inc.
Produced by Todd Barkan
(Todd Barkan Website)
Freddy Cole on Vocals and Piano
John di Martino on Piano
Jerry Weldon on Tenor Sax
Randy Napoleon on Guitar
Elias Bailey on Bass
Curtis Boyd on Drums
Kenny Washington on Drums
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
June 19, 2010
This CD features Freddy Cole, the distinguished artist and youngest of the four Cole brothers. Freddy Cole and his band were recorded live at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Producer, Todd Barkan, and pianist-vocalist, Cole have assembled a first-rate ensemble, with the celebrated John di Martino at the piano for six of the tracks (Cole plays piano on five tracks). The band is rounded out with Jerry Weldon on tenor sax, Randy Napoleon on guitar, Elias Bailey on bass, and Curtis Boyd on drums. The resulting sound is magic.
#3 – Send For Me – Composed by O. Jones. Generous piano, guitar, and sax solos mix with Cole’s vibrant, earthy vocals. Di Martino, Boyd, and Bailey keep the rhythm buoyant and bluesy, while Cole, Napoleon, and Weldon take turns with this sophisticated, urban theme. Cole sings his heart out, and Todd Barkan, Programming Director at Dizzy’s and Producer of this CD, has created incredible acoustics for a live recording in a busy, expansive Club. I loved the emotional energy heard here.
#5 – You’re Sensational – Composed by C. Porter. Cole doubles on piano and vocals, focusing on his keyboard virtuosity. The track opens and closes with Cole in a nightclub speaker-singer mode, adding accomplished piano riffs that draw the audience in. The center track is rich with sax, then bass-guitar, bass-piano improvisations, followed by Cole’s vocals-over-piano rendition of Cole Porter’s illustrious ballad.
#9 – On the South Side of Chicago – Composed by P. Zeller. It was in this track that Cole returns to his hometown, and you could hear the ebullient joy in his sassy lyrics. Cole virtually speaks his performance, in a combined Chicago-New Orleans bluesy beat, and di Martino goes honky-tonk in piano trills and chords.
#11 – What Now My Love? – Composed by C. Sigman, G.F. Becaud, P. LeRoyer. The whole band chimed in for this final, free-flowing track, and Cole’s vocals were at their peak, expansively singing this romantic favorite. I’m sure the audience was swinging, as the rhythm was pronounced and pulsating.
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