Richie Cole and conductor David Bowden in concert with Five By Design and the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic.

A PIECE OF JAZZ HISTORY

Richie Cole / JAZZ EXCURSION (2006)

Richie Cole and Art Pepper only played together once; for this recording date in 1982. Teamed together by producer-writer Herb Wong, they inspire each other, being both competitive and complementary. Cole plays baritone on two selections (he should play it more often), sounding quite exuberant, and he switches to tenor on "A & R." Pepper plays a bit of clarinet in addition to his alto.

BACK ON TOP

Richie Cole / JAZZ EXCURSION (2005)

Remembering Oliver Nelson, Jazz Excursion, A Walk in the Park, Uncle Freddy, Home Town, Don't Misunderstand, Back on Top, Relaxin' at the Candlelight (Trenton Style), I Love Bebop, Portrait of Jenny

TRIBUTE TO OUR BUDDIES

Richie Cole / FRESH SOUNDS (2004)

Love for Sale, Portrait of Buddy, The Lady Is a Tramp, Here I Am in Love Again, Blue Moon, Brazil, The Man in the Empty Suit, Start of Something Big, The More I See You, But Not for Me, Wild Is Love, You Rotten Kid, My Buddy

COOL C / TOKYO MADNESS

Richie Cole / ATLAS (2001)

Back to Bop, Willow Weep for Me, Blue Bossa, Someday My Prince Will Come, Autumn Leaves, Cool 'C', On Green Dolphin Street, St. Thomas, Lady Bird, I Can't Get Started, Tokyo Rose Sings the Hollywood Blues, Cherokee

MAN WITH THE HORN

Richie Cole / JAZZ EXCURSION (2007)

Recorded in San Francisco in May 1981, this album contains the first and previously unreleased studio recording of saxophonist Richie Cole's quintet, featuring Bobby "The Wildman" Enriquez on piano, Bruce Forman (guitar), Scott Morris (drums) and Marshal. Down Beat (p.71) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "'Easy Street' is a peeler's soundtrack, complete with raunchy tenor and drummer Scott Morris' splashy cymbals and dotted triplets."

THE KUVO SESSIONS Volume 2

Richie Cole / JAZZ EXCURSION (2009)

Featuring (1) Swinging Sounds of KUVO, (2) The Jazz Oasis of KUVO, (3) Scummie, (4) Candace Flower, (5) Tokyo Rose Sings the Rocky Mountain Blues. Richie Cole performs Candace Flower during the KUVO Sessions January 2009. Personnel: Richie Cole-alto saxophone, Jeff Jenkins-piano, Ken Walker-bass, Todd Reid-drums, Jeanine Santana - congas; and Jose Madera - timbales

RISE’S ROSE GARDEN

Richie Cole / JAZZ EXCURSION (2006)

Rise’s Rose Garden is a compelling, if not profound, statement of Richie Cole’s vision of Alto Madness the saxophonist’s respectful allusion to the Sonny Rollins/John Coltrane lower reed affliction. The disc was recorded in the wake of Cole’s wife’s death last year—and if, as paraphrased by the late Will Durant, the greatest beauty is begat of heartbreak, then Rise's Rose Garden exists as a temporal definition of this process.

TRENTON STYLE

Richie Cole / JAZZ EXCURSION (1999)

Richie Cole fans continue to toot his horn in praise of the jazz/bebop artist who was recently listed in the 2006 edition of Marquis Who’s Who in America. Cole is recognized worldwide for the sweet sounds of his alto sax and the creativity behind his Alto Madness Orchestra.

PURE MADNESS

Richie Cole / Heads Up (1999)

Like Miles Davis' KIND OF BLUE is the essential album for all jazz fans, PURE MADNESS is a "must have" for Richie Cole fans. This prolific double CD album contains two of Richie Cole's greatest album recordings, ALTO MADNESS and HOLLYWOOD MADNESS. Besides Richie Cole's Charlie Parker/Phil Woods influenced solos, you can also hear the fabulous voice of jazz/vocalese singer Eddie Jefferson in PURE MADNESS. For the serious saxophonist this album is once again a "must have".

COME SUNDAY: MY KIND OF RELIGION

Richie Cole / JAZZ EXCURSION (1998)

Links between jazz and religion, from the vocalized gospel inflections of the blues to the masses of Ellington and Brubeck, are many. Here, we meet a "reborn" Richie Cole, whose always torrid alto "sings" with even greater passion. In the opener, "I Believe," Cole rises to impressive heights atop a throbbing pulse reminiscent of the Charles Lloyd Quartet of "Forest Flower" fame.

CASTLE BOP

Richie Cole with Emil Viklicky / MULTISONIC (2011)

A concert in Prague Castle for Czech Jazz Fan #1 – Vaclav Klaus – President of the Czech Republic. If you like swinging, crowd-pleasing be-bop, we think it may become one of your all-time favorite albums.

PROFILE

Richie Cole / HEADS UP (1993)

Profile was Cole's first recording in four years, and it found the altoist's sound and style virtually unchanged from the earlier days. Joined by a superior rhythm section that includes pianist Dick Hindman and guitarist Henry Johnson, Cole is in top form on diverse material ranging from his original "Presidential Sax" and the lyrical "Street of Dreams" to three Carroll Coates originals and the pop tune "Volare." It's a particularly uplifting bop session. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

WEST SIDE STORY

Richie Cole / VENUS JAZZ (1996)

On this enjoyable CD, bebop altoist Richie Cole performs seven of the main themes from West Side Story, plus his own complex "West Side Blues." Cole teams up with his longtime guitarist Vic Juris, pianist Lou Forestieri, bassist Ed Howard, drummer Tommy Campbell and veteran percussionist Ray Mantilla to give the familiar melodies his "alto madness" treatment, being respectful of the themes while stretching out. Highlights include "America," "Maria" and "Tonight." [Venus reissued the CD in 1996.] ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

RICHIE COLE WITH BRASS: KUSH

Music of Dizzie Gillespie

Richie Cole / Heads Up (1996)

Altoist Richie Cole makes a full-fledged comeback on this fairly inspired release. He performs nine Dizzy Gillespie compositions (plus "You Go to My Head" which was actually co-written by Haven Gillespie) while joined by groups ranging from a two-guitar trio to a 13-piece band, all arranged in colorful fashion by Bob Belden.

SIGNATURE

Richie Cole / MILESTONE (1992)

There is a lot of variety on this Richie Cole set with such musicians as pianists Tee Carson, Ben Sidran and Dick Hindman, guitarist Vic Juris and steel drum wizard Andy Narell getting plenty of solo space. With the exception of a duet version of "America the Beautiful" with Hindman, the repertoire is less off-the-wall than usual but he is in good form on such tunes as "Sunday in New York," Charles Mingus's "Peggy's Blue Skylight" and his own "Take the Cole Train." ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

BOSSA INTERNATIONAL

Richie Cole / MILESTONE (1992)

Love for Sale, Portrait of Buddy, The Lady Is a Tramp, Here I Am in Love Again, Blue Moon, Brazil, The Man in the Empty Suit, Start of Something Big, The More I See You, But Not for Me, Wild Is Love, You Rotten Kid, My Buddy

PURE IMAGINATION

Richie Cole / CONCORD RECORDS (1986)

This 1986 set is altoist Richie Cole's best recording for Concord. Cole, whose exuberant brand of bebop is difficult to resist, turns such songs as "There'll Be Bluebirds over the White Cliffs of Dover," "Come Fly with Me" and "Flying Down to Rio" into heated jazz. With the help of the fine guitarist Vic Juris, bassist Ed Howard and drummer Victor Jones, Cole is in excellent form, contributing three originals and really ripping into "Blue Room." Recommended. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

HOLLYWOOD MADNESS

Richie Cole / Muse Entertainment Ltd. (1979)

This very uptempo and hard swinging album features a great and fired up ensemble. The LP sounded as if it was sped up a key to add even more energy (some of the drum hits seem to give it away) but maybe I'm wrong... however, if its true I hope they slowed it back down. The ensemble includes Bruce Foreman, guitar; Dick Hindman, piano; Marshall Hawkins, bass; Les DeMerle, Drums; Michael Spiro, percussion - - and the line up of the Transfer circa 1980 - - Hauser, Siegel, Alan Paul and Cheryl Bentyne. - - My personal fave on the CD (besides Waitin' for Waits) is Relaxin' at Camarillo - - Eddie takes one of his best scat solos of all time... and Richie Cole is definitely at his prime... happier times indeed.

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