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The tapes for this long-lost set were discovered by altoist Richie Cole in his garage 25 years after they were recorded. Featured is one of Cole's finest groups, a quintet that included guitarist Bruce Forman and pianist Bobby Enriquez. Enriquez's hyper style, crazy wit, and impressive technique resulted in Cole nicknaming him "the Wild Man." In fact, the pianist sometimes makes Cole almost seem like a straight man in their humorous exchanges. Cole, who switches to tenor on "Easy Street" and "Man with a Horn," is in prime form, romping on such numbers as "Confirmation," "Jeannine," and the original "Um Ummm." Enriquez is showcased on a crazy version of "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue," and bassist Marshall Hawkins and drummer Scott Morris are excellent in support of the lead voices. Fans of Richie Cole's earlier "Alto Madness" bands will enjoy this well-recorded release.


Born: 29 February 1948 in Trenton, NJ

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Back in the mid-'70s, when bebop was being greatly overshadowed by fusion, Richie Cole showed that not only was bop not old-fashioned, but it could be quite fun. His Alto Madness was essentially the idea that any tune, no matter how unlikely its source, could be turned into exuberant bop. Through the years, he has successfully recorded such songs as "The I Love Lucy Theme," "Holiday for Strings," "Horray for Hollywood," "The White Cliffs of Dover," "Come Fly With Me," "The Star Trek Theme," and even...
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The Man With the Horn, Richie Cole
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  • 9,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Bop
  • Released: 16 May 2007

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