Freddy Cole is an engaging and accomplished performer, telling musical stories in a warm, experienced voice which is sometimes reminiscent of older brother Nat. For over 50 years, Cole has known how to make an audience and a listener feel comfortable and the know-how is all here on his sixth HighNote release. Freddy often cites the great Billy Eckstine as a major influence on his style and performing the repertoire of the older singer on this wonderful CD has inspired him to some of his best work. With Houston Person augmenting his regular band and Freddy's autumnal baritone, expressive phrasing and insightful way with a lyric out in front, these performers are the perfect choice for these songs forever associated with "Mr. B," Billy Eckstine.
Freddy Cole, vocals. With: Houston Person, tenor saxophone;
John di Martino, piano; Randy Napoleon, guitar;
Elias Bailey, bass; Curtis Boyd, drums
Tracks: Tender Is the Night; Cottage for Sale; Portrait; I Apologize; Jelly Jelly; Somehow; To Be Or Not To Be in Love; Pretty One; Ma, She's Makin' Eyes at Me; The High and the Mighty; No Orchids for My Lady; Mister, You've Gone and Got the Blues
Tender is the Night
To Be or Not To Be in Love