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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Jazz singer Freddy Cole has accompanied himself on piano for decades, but here he turns that task over to the quite able Bill Charlap on a program of well-worn standards and a handful of lesser-known tunes. Cole's sweet, soulful, robust voice has held him in good stead over the years, and continues to retain that refined, aged yet timeless texture. Charlap plays pretty piano in primarily balladic mode, while the famed Washington rhythm team bassist Peter and drummer Kenny is as reliable as any. Quite a few of the compositions are plucked from the '30s, like "If I Love Again," "Once in a While," and "You Leave Me Breathless." There are two midtempo numbers, including a...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Jazz singer Freddy Cole has accompanied himself on piano for decades, but here he turns that task over to the quite able Bill Charlap on a program of well-worn standards and a handful of lesser-known tunes. Cole's sweet, soulful, robust voice has held him in good stead over the years, and continues to retain that refined, aged yet timeless texture. Charlap plays pretty piano in primarily balladic mode, while the famed Washington rhythm team bassist Peter and drummer Kenny is as reliable as any. Quite a few of the compositions are plucked from the '30s, like "If I Love Again," "Once in a While," and "You Leave Me Breathless." There are two midtempo numbers, including a scatted intro on "There Are Such Things," and two voice/piano duets, the downhearted blues "Why Did I Choose You?," and the equally blues-trodden medley "Don't Take Your Love from Me/I Never Had a Chance." Another obscure song, "You Could Hear a Pin Drop," evokes a mood apropos of its title, written by Bobby Cole no relation. The finale -- the old Johnny Mercer novelty "How Do You Say auf Wiedersehn?" -- could be Heidi Klum's Project Runway closing theme song. There are no real sparks flying here, just palpable empathy among the supportive backup participants, evidence of a low, slow, steady blue flame that burns forever in everybody's heart, kept quite alive and well by troubadour Cole.This CD was nominated for a Grammy award in 2007 for Best Jazz Vocal Album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/11/2007
  • Label: Highnote
  • UPC: 632375716820
  • Catalog Number: 7168
  • Sales rank: 191,776

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'll Never Be the Same - Bill Charlap Trio
  2. 2 My Ideal - Bill Charlap Trio
  3. 3 Medley: Don't Take Your Love from Me/I Never Had a Chance [Medley] - Bill Charlap Trio
  4. 4 Music, Maestro, Please! - Bill Charlap Trio
  5. 5 If I Love Again - Bill Charlap Trio
  6. 6 Why Did I Choose You? - Bill Charlap Trio
  7. 7 Once in a While - Bill Charlap Trio
  8. 8 You Leave Me Breathless - Bill Charlap Trio
  9. 9 There Are Such Things - Bill Charlap Trio
  10. 10 You Could Hear a Pin Drop - Bill Charlap Trio
  11. 11 How Do You Say Auf Wiedersehn? - Bill Charlap Trio
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Freddy Cole Primary Artist, Vocals
Kenny Washington Drums
Bill Charlap Piano
Peter Washington Bass, Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Todd Barkan Audio Production
Joe Fields Executive Producer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer, Mastering
Ted Panken Liner Notes
Bobby Cole Composer
Jason Slomack Graphic Design
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