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Album Review

Altoists Richie Cole and Art Pepper only played together once; for this recording date in 1982. Teamed together by producer-writer Herb Wong, they inspire each other, being both competitive and complementary. Cole plays baritone on two selections (he should play it more often), sounding quite exuberant, and he switches to tenor on "A & R." Pepper plays a bit of clarinet in addition to his alto. Backed by a powerhouse rhythm section that includes pianist Roger Kellaway, the two saxophonists perform three Cole originals, Pepper's "Art Opus #2" and "Broadway." Cole takes "Things We Did Last Summer" as a ballad feature. This CD reissue of a Palo Alto LP (which lives up to its name) adds a brief alternate version of "Art's Opus #2."


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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A Piece of Jazz History, Richie Cole
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  • 6,93 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Bop
  • Released: 07 June 2006

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