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Freddy Cole: This and That

As both a vocalist and pianist, there’s a Zen-like quality to Freddy Cole, a languid introspectiveness that suggests we’re eavesdropping on his innermost musings. Cole’s never in a hurry-even upbeat tunes unfold like origami-nor ever inclined toward showy flourishes. In recent years, he’s found ideal support for his ruminative style and his silk-over-sandpaper vocals by teaming longtime drummer Curtis Boyd with two fine younger players, bassist Elias Bailey and guitarist Randy Napoleon.

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