- Released: August 23, 2011
- Label: Highnote
JazzTimes - p.57
"No grand gestures, no flashy flourishes, and never a false move or misaligned sentiment, sharing Billie Holiday's skill for cunningly underplayed mastery."
- 2.Lovely Day
- 3.You Just Can't Smile It Away
- 4.I Was Telling Her About You
- 5.Can We Pretend?
- 6.Talk To Me
- 7.Speak To Me of You
- 8.My Imagination
- 9.My First Impression of You
- 10.Come Home
- 11.After All These Years
Personnel: Freddy Cole (vocals); Randy Napoleon (guitar); Terell Stafford (trumpet); John Di Martino (piano); Curtis Boyd (drums).
Audio Mixer: Katherine Miller.
Liner Note Author: Russ Musto.
Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY (05/09/2011-05/10/2011).
Photographer: Salvatore Corso .
Burnished and romantic, vocalist Freddy Cole's 2011 Highnote release Talk to Me features the master singer backed by his stellar working sextet featuring guitarist Randy Napoleon, pianist John Di Martino, bassist Elias Bailey, and drummer Curtis Boyd. Also featured here are the more than welcome talents of trumpeter Terell Stafford and saxophonist Harry Allen, who punctuate these arrangements with tasty, melodic, and swinging solos. Cole has long been lauded as the successor to the balladeer throne once held by such icons as Nat King Cole, Billy Eckstine, Joe Williams, and Johnny Hartman. In that sense, Talk to Me does nothing if not reinforce this notion. From his lead-off take on the lush and urbane "Mam'selle," to his inspired after-hours jazz reworking of not one but two Bill Withers songs in "Lovely Day" and the laid-back Latin number "Can We Pretend?," Cole is in superb form throughout. Elsewhere, he bests Johnny Mathis on his version of the poignant ballad "I Was Telling Her About You," and, as on the rest of the album, is the epitome of taste and bluesy romanticism on "Come Home." ~ Matt Collar