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November 1997

Freddy Cole
It's Crazy, But I'm in Love
After 9 Records

This album features Cole, brother of the late Nat "King" Cole, in a romantic mood with a big band, strings and a purring rhythm section. There are 14 tunes; among the most familiar are "Meet Me at No Special Place," "That's All," "An Affair to Remember," "My Silent Love" and "My Heart Stood Still." The singer is a natural for this kind of setting, his voice intimate, the charts more subdued than brassy and everything lightly swinging.

In the last several years, Cole has been receiving lots of overdue recognition. His smoky voice, easygoing delivery and good taste are always welcome.

Originally published in November 1997
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