Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Richie Cole - 1979 - Keeper Of The Flame

Richie Cole 
Keeper Of The Flame

01. As Time Goes By 6:59
02. I Cant Get Started 4:51
03. Keeper Of The Flame 6:09
04. Harolds House Of Jazz 4:58
05. Holiday For Strings 5:45
06. New York Afternoon 3:59
07. Strange Groove 4:57

Bass – Rick Laird
Drums – Eddie Gladden
Guitar – Vic Juris
Piano – Harold Mabern
Saxophone [Alto] – Richie Cole
Vocals – Eddie Jefferson (tracks: b1-b3), The Alt-Tettes (tracks: b4)

Recorded at Van Gelder Studio 6th September 1978. Engineered by Rudy Van Gelder. B4- featuring the wonderful vocal by The "Alt-Tettes" The "alt-Tettes" Joe Fields, Richie Cole, Harold Mabern, Vic Juris, Eddie Gladden, Rick Laird, David Lahm and Terry Silverlight

This is one of altoist Richie Cole's best-ever albums. He rips through surprisingly effective medium-to-up-tempo versions of "As Time Goes By" and "Holiday for Strings," welcomes the great vocalese singer Eddie Jefferson to "Harold's House of Jazz" and "New York Afternoon," has a humorous dig at free jazz on "Strange Groove," introduces his "Keeper of the Flame" and comes up with a near-classic solo on "I Can't Get Started." This LP is long overdue to be reissued by Muse

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