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Alexis Cole: You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To

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Alexis Cole: You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To
www.alexiscole.com
2016: Venus Records, Inc.
www.venusrecord.com

Alexis Cole, Vocals
With One for All:
Eric Alexander, Tenor Sax
Jim Rotundi, Trumpet
Steve Davis, Trombone
David Hazeltine, Piano
John Webber, Bass
Joe Farnsworth, Drums

Producer: Todd Barkan and Tetsuo Hara
Engineer: Katherine Miller
Mixing, Mastering: Tetsuo Hara

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
April 6, 2018


Recently, Alexis Cole wrote to me, asking for my thoughts on her new recording, You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To. I am thrilled to share this review of Ms. Cole’s newest, rarified fusion of vocal and instrumental jazz and cabaret, as it creates a superb listening experience. Her effervescent and ebullient songs are enhanced by the crème de la crème music sextet, called One for All (Eric Alexander-tenor sax, Jim Rotundi-trumpet, Steve Davis-trombone, David Hazeltine-piano, John Webber, bass, Joe Farnsworth-drums), with generous instrumental interludes throughout. The opening track, “Golden Earrings”, sets tone and rhythm to pulsating, professional standards, and all eleven tracks are uniquely arranged and presented. Ms. Cole is widely known for her live club and concert performances, and now you can hear her latest, iconically gorgeous vocal tracks on this lush recording.

Notable tracks:

#4 – Delilah – Composed by V. Young/R. Evans, J. Livingston. This sumptuous, shifting track opens with David Hazelstine’s languid piano theme, featuring Alexis Cole’s vocals in her finest shimmering tones. Soon Joe Farnsworth, on drums, and John Webber, on bass, charge up the tempo, dramatically, before the brass trio joins for a big band showcase. Jim Rotundi’s trumpet solo and an ensuing drum spotlight make this song memorable and well worth a second listening.

#5 – Cry Me a River – Composed by A. Hamilton. Ms. Cole channels Ella Fitzgerald, here, and I happily verified this on You Tube, as Ms. Cole belts this song into your heart. She’s sophisticated and swinging, earthy and elegant. The One for All solos, a billowy trumpet, then Eric Alexander on tenor sax, plus brass-trio blendings, add style to Ms. Cole’s persuasive emotionality, in the yearning, searing lyrics. Her dynamic personality adds meaning to the 1953 torch song.

#10 – You’ve Changed – Composed by B. Carey, C. Fischer. This was one of my favorite tracks, with Ms. Cole seemingly singing to an offstage-off-studio man of the past, we all know them so well, with compelling conviction and exquisite, elastic tonality. She’s in her finest range and spirit, and Steve Davis’ expansive trombone solo is soulful and seasoned. This is also sung as a torch song, and it’s brimming with steam. When the band accompanies in a merged-tonal backup, the listener is impressed.

#11 – You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To – Composed by C. Porter. This title tune offers four solos from the band, first trombone, then sax, trumpet, and drums, and when the full ensemble, One for All, exudes bubbly musicality, it sounds like a big band in concert. Ms. Cole shifts lyrical pitch within the note with perfected ease, and you will feel like you’re in your own nightclub, when you match this music to wine and candles. And, for entertaining, what could be finer.





For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net