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Freddy Cole: He Was the King

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Musically speaking, Freddy Cole has long maintained a rather schizophrenic relationship with his big brother. Freddy was only 33 when Nat died in 1965. Just starting to secure attention as a vocalist and pianist, he found himself overwhelmed by Nat’s giant shadow. His career stalled and it wasn’t until the 1990s that he came fully into his own. Firm in his determination to shake the connection, he went so far as bluntly titling one album I’m Not My Brother, I’m Me. Conversely, however, Freddy has also set a pattern of adding a Nat-associated tune or two to most of his discs. Now, at long last, he’s decided to openly embrace Nat’s legacy with this 12-track salute.

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