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Freddy Cole: He Was the King

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 … Read More “Freddy Cole: He Was the King”

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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 … Read More “Freddy Cole: This and That”

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Freddy Cole : Talk To Me

Thirty-five years into a remarkably prodigious, late-breaking second career, Freddy Cole is rivaled only by fellow octogenarian Tony Bennett as the apogee of class. The days of Cole having to distinguish himself from sainted elder sibling Nat are well behind him. What remains is distinctly, uniquely Freddy: sandy-voiced and narrow-ranged, but unequalled (even by Bennett) … Read More “Freddy Cole : Talk To Me”

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Freddy Cole: Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B

Few remember Billy Eckstine as a bebop pioneer whose orchestra in the early ’40s ignited the careers of Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Dexter Gordon. Instead, Eckstine is remembered for an entirely different sort of pioneering, as the first black balladeer to earn enormous crossover popularity. It was Eckstine who paved the way … Read More “Freddy Cole: Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B”

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