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Album Review

Although released after Nat King Cole's death in 1965, this LP (to judge from its vague liner notes) was actually recorded two years earlier. Ike Cole was Nat's younger brother, and this was quite possibly his only recording. He plays some basic piano, sings in a style similar to Nat, and is backed by some competent but anonymous studio musicians. Some of the numbers are tunes that Nat Cole had recorded (such as "Once In Awhile," "I'm in the Mood for Love" and "Blue Moon"), but since none of Nat's big hits are here, the music was most likely not recorded with the older Cole in mind, despite the title. A decent but somewhat forgettable effort; it is a pity that Ike Cole was never given a chance to record an encore.


Born: July 13, 1927 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s

The brother of the great Nat "King" Cole, Ike Cole was a respected jazz pianist and composer. Born on July 13, 1927, in Chicago, IL, Ike began his musical career by playing the bass drum in an Army band, and by 1957, had formed the Ike Cole Trio in Chicago. Ike and his band received major TV exposure, and soon after became a steady attraction in Las Vegas. Throughout the years, his band toured Japan, Australia, Europe, and the United States regularly. At one point, though, Cole became so fed up with...
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