Personnel: Freddy Cole (vocals); Freddy Cole; Peter Washington (electric bass); Houston Person (tenor saxophone); John Di Martino (piano); Kenny Washington (drums); Steve Kroon (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Katherine Miller.
Liner Note Author: Eric Comstock.
Recording information: The Studio, New York, NY (02/15/2006-03/15/2006).
Arranger: John Di Martino.
Freddy Cole's voice may be a bit worn, but it is still expressive and quite effective on this CD, a tribute to Tony Bennett. Rather than re-create Bennett's greatest hits, Cole sings a few of Bennett's favorite songs in a typically straightforward manner. Houston Person's tenor is a major asset on six of the ten selections (he always seems to work perfectly with singers) and the rhythm section, which includes the excellent pianist John Di Martino, is top-notch. Since Tony Bennett considers Nat King Cole (Freddy's brother) one of his main influences, this set makes particular sense. "Blame It on My Youth," a vocal version of Django Reinhardt's "Nuages," and a touching rendition of "The Gentle Rain" are among the highlights of one of Freddy Cole's finest records of the 21st century. ~ Scott Yanow