Richard Cole

Inner Mission

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MUSIC REVIEW BY George Fendel, Oregon Jazz Society

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A Seattle cat who, it might be said, travels the Coltrane Highway with a solid rhythm section of Bill Anschell, Chuck Deardord and Matt Jorgensen. Sometimes, for my ears, Cole steps over the cliff, as on the opener, "J & J." On five tunes, Cole brings in Randy Brecker on trumpet and flugelhorn. They fly first class on a trippy original. On "Slow Hot Wind," a Henry Mancini tune made famous by Sergio Mendes, Cole switches to soprano, and to good effect. The oddly titled "Rootrot" gets a little too much into the funk arena; "Try To Remember" (!) is taken way too fast, and "Come Together" is a third tier Beatles opus. On the plus side, Bobby Troup's "The Meaning of the Blues" is played with great feeling, and the closer is, believe it or not, a straight down the middle "Secret Love." If Doris Day had any hipness at all, she would have loved it. So, kind of a mixed bag for Mr. Cole. Lots to like and a detour here and there as well.






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