Live at Dizzy's
Club Coca-Cola - Jazz at Lincoln Center
Highnote HCD 7198, 55:08.
Freddy Cole, vocals,
piano; John di Martino, piano; Jerry Weldon, tenor sax; Randy Napoleon, guitar;
Elias Bailey, bass; Curtis Boyd, drums
Review by Steve
This is my favorite
Freddy Cole disc so far. Younger brother to Nat and two other Coles, he grew
up in Chicago. Although this disc was cut live in New York, it has a Chicago
is happily swinging, whether blatantly so, or just via the pacing of his subtle,
velvety raspy voice. The quintet is exceptional, both as a jazz group and as
accompanists. This is a true jazz club set, starting out well, building to peak,
and concluding with a song chosen because the end of the lyric says "Goodbye."
The standout track
is "On The Southside of Chicago," with its warm nod to Von Freeman,
and a wistful intonation reminiscent of Randy Newman: "I still hear Von
The peak is reached
with a sly ballad of seduction, "What Are You Afraid Of?" It's nearly
spoken- the epitome of skillful phrasing- and most artful seduction of the ear.
The closer, "What
Now My Love?" retains its rat-packy association, complete with implied
fingersnapping, but there is a delightful moment where, as Carmen MacRae would
have, he spits out the "now" in a descending "What now,
After this, you'll
likely be tempted to search for more. Be aware that some of Freddy's records
are more pop-oriented, with synth keyboards and production. Listen to sound
samples before leaping.
Tracks: I Will Wait For You; I Was Wrong; Send For Me; I'm Making Believe; You're
Sensational; Where Can I Go Without You?, More Than Likely; You Bring Out the
Dreamer in Me; On the South Side of Chicago; What Are You Afraid Of?; What Now