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, stripped of ideologies, left with songs true to their own emotional prerogatives. Such is the case with Cole's latest HighNote recording, featuring a dozen songs which run the gamut from the intensely personal innigkeit of "What Color is Love" to the extroverted buoyancy of "Bang Bang Boogie." Here, as in all his work, Freddy's supreme relaxation of delivery makes him the master of under-statement. He is impressive because he never tries to impress, even in up-tempo numbers. With his usual rhythm section and guest artists Bootsie Barnes on tenor and Josh Brown on trombone, Freddy & Co. get back to basics and let the music speak eloquently for itself.
FREDDY COLE, vocals • Bootsie Barnes, tenor sax; Josh Brown, trombone • John di Martino, piano • Randy Napoleon, guitar • Elias Bailey, bass • Curtis Boyd, drums
TRACKS: I Saw Stars • You and Me Against the World • Everybody's Talkin' • Never, Never, Never • MEDLEY: Where Are You? / It Was So Good While It Lasted • Who (Will Take My Place)? • Nothin's Wrong with Nothin' • What Color is Love? • Bang Bang Boogie • I Get Sentimental Over Nothing • Sometimes I'm Happy • For the Love of You
I Saw Stars
Who (Will Take My Place)?
Nothin's Wrong With Nothin'