Freddy Cole with the Bill Charlap Trio:
Music Maestro Please
(Freddy Cole Website)
(Bill Charlap Website)
2007 High Note Records, Inc.
Produced by Todd Barkan
(Todd Barkan Website)
Freddy Cole on Vocals
Bill Charlap on Piano
Peter Washington on Bass
Curtis Boyd on Drums
Kenny Washington on Drums
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
June 19, 2010
This CD is mellow, yet vibrant, clear, yet dreamy, and deeply eloquent, as it nourishes the soul. Freddy Cole sings in his prime, with nuanced expressiveness and melodic tones. Piano great, Bill Charlap, brings Kenny Washington on drums and Peter Washington on bass, two more pros, to ensure the highest quality listening experience. Todd Barkan, Programming Director at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, created impeccable acoustics for this must-own CD, with each track engaging and energized. Generous instrumental solos are mixed with Cole’s deeply moving vocals.
#2 – My Ideal – Composed by N. Chase, L. Robin, R. Whiting. Cole croons lovingly in this rapturous track, with the uncluttered arrangement for four. Charlap’s trio opens the track, with Cole coming in softly, then building his presence. Peter Washington has a log bass riff, improvising on the upbeat theme that Charlap and Cole introduced, while Kenny Washington weaves his drum rhythms in between.
#4 – Music Maestro Please – Composed by H. Magidson, A. Wrubel. This track keeps it simple and scintillating, with vocals and piano featured throughout. Bass and drums take the background, but enhance the sound with textured tempos. Freddy Cole’s lyrics are sung with charming clarity and lush tonality.
#7 – Once In A While – Composed by M. Edwards, B. Green. This ballad features Charlap, with Cole coming in halfway through the track in spare lyrics, just enough to transport the listener. The extraordinary appeal of this recording is its integrity to the music.
#9 – There Are Such Things – Composed by S. Adams, A. Baer, G. Meyer. This track finds Cole on scat, just enough to add pizzazz at both ends of the track. Charlap is generously featured with his trio, and, again, the lyrics are spare. Words don’t clutter the purity of the musicians’ virtuosity, and the listener is drawn in.
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