Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Richie Cole With Eddie Jefferson - 1980 - Hollywood Madness

Richie Cole With Eddie Jefferson
Hollywood Madness 

01. Hooray For Hollywood 4:42
02. Hi-Fly 6:46
03. Tokyo Rose Sings The Hollywood Blues 4:46
04. Relaxin' At Camarillo 4:30
05. Malibu Breeze 5:53
06. I Love Lucy 5:05
07. Waitin' For Waits 3:50
08. Hooray For Hollywood (Reprise) 1:10

Bass – Marshall Hawkins
Drums – Les DeMerle
Guitar – Bruce Forman
Percussion – Michael Spiro
Piano – Dick Hindman
Saxophone [Alto] – Richie Cole
Vocals – Eddie Jefferson (tracks: A2, A4, B3), The Manhattan Transfer (tracks: A3, B2, B3, B4)
Vocals [The Manhattan Transfers] – Alan Paul (tracks: A3, B2, B3, B4), Cheryl Bentyne (tracks: A3, B2, B3, B4), Janis Siegel (tracks: A3, B2, B3, B4), Tim Hauser (tracks: A3, B2, B3, B4)

Recorded at Home Grown Fidelity Studio, Studio City, Calif. 4-25-79. Mixed at Garden Rake Music, Studio City, Calif.

This is one of Richie Cole's most successful LPs. Four songs utilize the Manhattan Transfer; the great vocalese singer Eddie Jefferson (heard two weeks before his tragic death) makes his final record appearance; there are some good solos by pianist Dick Hindman and guitarist Bruce Forman; and Tom Waits makes an eccentric guest appearance. But it is altoist Cole who stars throughout on an unlikely program highlighted by boppish versions of such tunes as "Hooray for Hollywood," "Hi-Fly," "Relaxin' at Camarillo," "I Love Lucy," and his original "Tokyo Rose Sings the Hollywood Blues." A true gem.

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