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Lionel Frederick Cole was born on October 15, 1931, the youngest of Edward and Paulina Nancy Cole's five children. His three elder brothers, Eddie, Ike and Nat (twelve years Freddy's senior) were all musicians.

"I started playing piano at five or six," Freddy remembers. "Music was all around me." In the Chicago home of his youth, visitors included Duke ... Read more in Amazon's Freddy Cole Store

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  • Audio CD (September 11, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Highnote
  • ASIN: B000TP5SLM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,628 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6. Why Did I Choose You?
7. Once In a While
8. You Leave Me Breathless
9. There Are Such Things
10. You Could Hear a Pin Drop
11. How Do You Say Auf Wiedersehn?

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rick Cornell VINE VOICE on January 26, 2008
Format: Audio CD
2007 was an extraordinary year for vocal jazz--quite possibly the best year ever. And one thing that made it so was the array of terrific c.d.'s by senior citizen jazz singers. We had: "Love Is What Stays" by Mark Murphy (d.o.b. 3-14-32); "Abbey on Abbey" by Abbey Lincoln (d.o.b. 8-6-30); "Dearest Duke" by Carol Sloane (d.o.b. sometime in 1937); and this one by Freddy Cole (d.o.b. 10-15-31).

This one and Carol's were the two vocal jazz c.d.'s in the New Yorker's list of "ten best jazz c.d.'s of 2007." This one was nominated for a Grammy. And Abbey's and Carol's made Jazz Times' list of the "50 best original jazz c.d.'s of 2007." (And my personal favorite of the four was Mark's. Go figure.)

And when you think about it, that's extraordinary. Most opera singers are done by age 65. (Last year, I had the uncomfortable experience of having to watch the Nevada Opera fire the 75-year-old buffo bass, hired to sing the role of Don Magnifico, in their production of "La Cenerentola." The guy, in his day, sang the Met and was one of the top buffo basses in the world. But a Rossini opera is no place to have senior moments, and when you're 75, you're going to have them--and not even a podunk regional opera company can tolerate that.) Most rock singers really are done well before that (except Robert Plant, evidently, judging by his latest with Allison Krauss!).

But senior citizen jazz singers can deliver their material with wisdom, wit, and maturity. The chops may no longer be there, but they can compensate for that. And this c.d. is a perfect example of what I'm talking about.

Freddy Cole is Nat's younger brother. He never quite had the silkiness of Nat's voice (and neither did anybody else, for that matter); but at age 76, his voice is as rough as gravel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eric C. Sedensky VINE VOICE on May 4, 2008
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I had the opportunity to hear Freddy Cole live and in concert, which is where I picked up this Grammy-nominated CD. These are some really delightful tunes, and Freddy's laid back approach and smoothe voice are really suited to the lyrics and songs. You can't go wrong if you have the Bill Charlap Trio backing you, and the production on this CD is sharp. Seeing Freddy in person makes this a special CD for me, but you don't have to see him live in order to appreciate this work. The music and songs satisfy over and over again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Field on February 8, 2008
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Freddy Cole is an accomplished singer and an underappreciated pianist. For Cole to slide out of his pianist's role so that Bill Charlap could play is high praise concerning Charlap's expertise as keyboard player from a master pianist himself. Charlap's trio masterfully accompanies Cole's vocal offerings.

If you are looking for quiet ballads with evocative lyrics stop right here. Music Maestro Please is an intelligent, prosaic volume of jazz standards. It's a release well worth having for any jazz devotee.
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By John Eakins on February 22, 2013
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Freddy Cole is a great singer, with a great delivery. His voice will remind you of his brother, but he is a singer of his own.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mhellerman on October 12, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I still haven't heard the whole CD, I was very lucky to hear parts of it in on a radio in Miami that plays Jazz. It is SO wonderful! I am buying the whole cd! Even before I listen to it whole it deserves the 5 stars!
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