Rio de Janeiro Blue

Rio de Janeiro Blue

by Freddy Cole
     
 
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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/22/2001
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408352522
catalogNumber:
83525
Rank:
93690

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Freddy Cole   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Joe Beck   Acoustic 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
Cesar Portillo de la Luz   Composer
A. Carrillo   Composer
Cesar Narciso De Luz Portillo   Composer

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