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Thursday, November 21, 2013
Youthful Blues and Ballads in Cleveland Heights
occurred to me tonight that I have listened live to Freddy Cole more often than
any other world-class performer. While the man gets older — he’s a reported 82
— listening to him never does. He’s wise, self-possessed, and knows how to tell
a story through song. While his voice is no longer the pure instrument it once
was, he knows how to compensate. And just when you close your eyes and hear
echoes of his famous brother Nat King Cole — and not just when he’s crooning
“Sweet Lorraine” or “Unforgettable” — he might captivate you up with a song that
that reminds you “I’m Not My Brother, I’m Me”.
Freddy Cole says blame it on his youth
is a consummate storyteller. He paints pictures of life and love with few
words, using intonation, innuendo, and impeccable timing. His piano style is of
course accomplished, and features lovely block chords. The man can still summon
a mean blues as he did tonight with an encore to the encore he appreciatively
delivered to a devoted second show audience at Nighttown
in Cleveland Heights.
Cole will be back for two shows tomorrow [Thursday Nov. 21], at 8 and 10PM. So will his tight
Grammy-nominated quartet that features Randy Napoleon on guitar
Freddy Cole at Nighttown with guitarist Randy Napoleon.
and Curtis Boyd
on drums. Tonight’s bassist was publicized as Elias Bailey but I thought I
heard him introduced as Matt Matthews.
wrote this I checked my past posts and was surprised to find that I have
mentioned him only once
before in The Real Deal. As he might say, “Blame It On My Youth”.