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Bobby Enriques And Richie Cole - 1981 - The Wildman Meets Madman

Bobby Enriques And Richie Cole
The Wildman Meets Madman

01. Groovin' High 6:10
02. Once In A While 4:50
03. Yardbird Suite 4:50
04. Wild Man Blues 6:50
05. Green Dolphin St. 6:35
06. Blue Hawaii 6:30
07. Serenata 2:28
08. Um Um 5:07

Alto Saxophone – Richie Cole
Bass – Bob Magnusson
Drums – Shelly Manne
Guitar – Bruce Forman
Piano – Bobby Enriquez

If you enjoy flying-by-the-seat-of-your-pants, all out "balls to the wall" jazz at it's best, this is the album for you. Controlled mayhem and tight, tight, hard to find this kind of energy on studio recordings of jazz artists...usually only found live. Get it - you won't regret it!

Richie Cole - 1981 - Cool 'C'

Richie Cole
Cool 'C'

01. Back To Bop 5:18
02. Willow Weep For Me 7:30
03. Blue Bossa 5:40
04. Someday My Prince Will Come 4:28
05. Autumn Leaves 4:29
06. Cool "C" 4:56
07. On Green Dolphin Street 4:48

Bass – Nobuyoshi Ino
Drums – Motohiko Hino
Percussion – Masato Kawase, Tadaomi Anai
Piano – Himiko Kikuchi
Saxophone – Richie Cole
Trombone – Hitomi Uchida, Michio Kagiwada, Toshinobu Kawashima
Trumpet – Masahiro Kobayashi, Shin Kazuhara* (tracks: B2), Yoshikazu Kishi

Recorded On Feb. 7&8,1981 at King Studio,Tokyo.

Recorded during his first visit to Japan, this out-of-print LP features altoist Richie Cole playing five bop standards, his own "Cool 'C"' and pianist Himiko Kikuchi's "Back to Bop." Cole is joined by eight brass players, a rhythm section and two percussionists, all of whom are fine Japanese musicians. The results are generally hard-swinging bop with enough humor and color to hold one's interest. The focus is on Cole throughout and he makes a rare appearance on tenor during "On Green Dolphin Street."

Richie Cole With Phil Woods - 1980 - Side By Side

Richie Cole With Phil Woods
Side By Side

01. Save Your Love For Me 8:50
02. Naugahyde Reality 2:42
03. Scrapple From The Apple 7:56
04. Donna Lee 5:30
05. Polka Dots And Moonbeams 5:42
06. Eddie's Mood / Side By Side 12:42

Walter Booker Bass
Jimmy Cobb Drums
Richie Cole Sax (Alto), Vocals
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis Sax(Tenor)
John Hicks Piano
Phil Woods Sax(Alto)

Recorded live at The Historic Paramount Theatre - Denver, Colorado on July 25 & July 26, 1980

This set features a very logical matchup. Richie Cole's main influence has long been Phil Woods, so these concert performances pitting the two altoists together have plenty of fire and extroverted improvisations. With pianist John Hicks, bassist Walter Booker and drummer Jimmy Cobb backing the soloists, Woods and Cole really push each other on "Scrapple from the Apple," "Donna Lee" and "Side by Side." Tenor-great Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis sits in on "Save Your Love for Me," the younger altoist has "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" to himself and Cole and Woods have fun on a brief free-form "Naugahyde Reality." It's a generally high-powered and enjoyable set.

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.

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

Richie Cole - 1978 - Alto Madness

Richie Cole 
Alto Madness

01. Cole's Nocturne 6:11
02. The Price Is Right 7:13
03. The Common Touch 2:23
04. Last Tango In Paris 4:40
05. Island Breeze 5:20
06. Big Bo's Paradise 5:29
07. Remember Your Day Off 5:15
08. Moody's Mood '78 2:59

Richie Cole : Alto saxophone
Eddie Jefferson : vocals
Eddie Gladden : drums
Harold Mabern : piano
Rick Laird : bass
Steve Gilmore : bass
Vic Juris : guitar
Ray Mantilla : percussion.

Some of altoist Richie Cole's finest records were made for the Muse label during 1976-1981 when he did a great deal to help revive bebop. Cole has long had the ability to turn almost anything into jazz and on this set he manages to swing both the theme from The Price Is Right and the main melody from Last Tango in Paris. In addition to solo space for pianist Harold Mabern and guitarist Vic Juris, singer Eddie Jefferson is featured on two numbers: "The Common Touch" and "Moody's Mood '78."

Richie Cole - 1977 - New York Afternoon (Alto Madness)

Richie Cole
New York Afternoon (Alto Madness)

01. Dorothy's Den
02. Waltz for a Rainy Be-Bop Evening
03. Alto Madness
04. New York Afternoon
05. It's the Same Thing Everywhere
06. Stormy Weather
07. You'll Always Be My Friend

Recorded October, 1976 at Blue Rock Studio, NYC

Richie Cole: Sax (Alto)
Eddie Jefferson: Vocals
Vic Juris: Guitar
Mike Tucker: Piano
Rick Laird: Bass
Eddie Gladden: Drums
Ray Mantilla: Percussion

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 "La Bamba." Influenced by Phil Woods and Charlie Parker, Richie Cole heard jazz from an early age because his father owned a jazz club in New Jersey. He started on alto when he was ten, attended Berklee for two years, and joined Buddy Rich's big band in 1969. After a stint with Lionel Hampton, Cole formed his own group, doing a great deal to popularize bebop in the 1970s. Some of his finest recordings were his early ones for Muse, during a period when he often teamed up with singer Eddie Jefferson. His humor sometimes left critics cold, but Cole was one of the top bop-oriented players of the 1980s, and his Heads Up releases of the '90s (after a few years off the scene) are excellent.

This Muse album features the group that altoist Richie Cole and the late singer Eddie Jefferson co-led in the mid-'70s. They had a mutually beneficial relationship, with Cole learning from the older vocalist and Jefferson gaining extra exposure from associating with the popular young saxophonist. Their spirited set, which has two Jefferson vocals, is highlighted by "Waltz for a Rainy Be-Bop Evening," "New York Afternoon," "Stormy Weather" and "Alto Madness."