Rio de Janeiro Blue

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All Music Guide - David R. Adler
Freddy Cole's second Telarc release features him in a variety of jazz and Latin settings, with a stellar cast of musicians -- most notably pianist/arranger Arturo O'Farrill. Cole plays very capable piano on five of the 11 tracks and arranges six of them. Gravel-voiced and relentlessly laid-back, the younger brother of Nat "King" Cole is true to form on this romantic collection of songs, most of which aren't too well known, with the exception of "Invitation" and "I Concentrate on You." The nicest surprise comes on Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Sem Voce," which Cole sings in the original Portuguese; Joe Beck plays the changes on alto guitar and solos beautifully on acoustic. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David R. Adler
Freddy Cole's second Telarc release features him in a variety of jazz and Latin settings, with a stellar cast of musicians -- most notably pianist/arranger Arturo O'Farrill. Cole plays very capable piano on five of the 11 tracks and arranges six of them. Gravel-voiced and relentlessly laid-back, the younger brother of Nat "King" Cole is true to form on this romantic collection of songs, most of which aren't too well known, with the exception of "Invitation" and "I Concentrate on You." The nicest surprise comes on Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Sem Voce," which Cole sings in the original Portuguese; Joe Beck plays the changes on alto guitar and solos beautifully on acoustic. Cole's regular band, with guitarist Jerry Byrd, bassist Herman Burney, and drummer Curtis Boyd, splits the program with a larger Latin ensemble that includes the likes of O'Farrill, "Papo" Vazquez on trombone, Lou Marini on sax and flute, and Steve Berrios on drums and Latin percussion. Even though Cole's voice is not "pretty" in a conventional sense, this definitely works as turn-the-lights-down-low music. O'Farrill's choice of Fender Rhodes electric piano on the first and last tracks is an inspired touch.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2001
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408352522
  • Catalog Number: 83525
  • Sales rank: 95,393

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rio de Janeiro Blue (4:31)
  2. 2 I Concentrate on You (5:09)
  3. 3 Delirio (4:15)
  4. 4 Invitation (5:00)
  5. 5 Words Can't Describe (5:23)
  6. 6 Wild Is Love (3:30)
  7. 7 Yellow Days (5:50)
  8. 8 Sem Voce (3:04)
  9. 9 Something Happens to Me (4:28)
  10. 10 There I've Said It Again (5:03)
  11. 11 To Say Goodbye (6:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Freddy Cole Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Joe Beck Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Michael Philip Mossman Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Curtis Boyd Drums
Steve Berrios Conga, Drums, Bells, Surdo, Shaker
Lou Marini Flute, Tenor Saxophone
George Mraz Bass
Angel Vazquez Trombone
Rubén Rodríguez Electric Bass
Technical Credits
Joe Beck Arranger
Freddy Cole Arranger
Bronislaw Kaper Composer
Todd Barkan Producer
Robert Woods Executive Producer
Bob Blumenthal Liner Notes
Robert Friedrich Engineer
Anilda Carrasquillo Art Direction, Cover Design
Ray Rasch Composer
Cesar Portillo de la Luz Composer
A. Carrillo Composer
Cesar Narciso De Luz Portillo Composer
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