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Richie Cole - West Side Story





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CVEN 0253 SA
EAN: 4571292519366
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Single Layer Stereo SACD

Single Layer Stereo SACD

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Tribute to Leonard Bernstein on SACD!

Richie started playing alto saxophone when he was 10 years old in his home town of Trenton, New Jersey. Influenced by Sonny Rollins and Charlie Parker, Cole’s talent and dedication won him a full scholarship from Downbeat Magazine to the Berklee School of Music in Boston. His professional career began in 1969 when he joined the Buddy Rich Big Band. And after stints with the Lionel Hampton Big Band and the Doc Severinsen Big Band, Cole formed his own quintet and toured worldwide, doing a great deal to popularize bebop and his own "Alto Madness" style in the '70s and early '80s. Cole has performed and recorded with the great vocalese artist Eddie Jefferson, the Manhattan Transfer, Bobby Enriquez, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Stitt, Art Pepper, Tom Waits, Boots Randolph, and Nancy Wilson, to name just a few of his musical collaborations. Notably, Cole has performed at the Village Vanguard and Carnegie Hall as well as given a command performance for the Queen of England.

Richie Cole has recorded more than 50 albums and CDs, including his top hit album Hollywood Madness (1979), and his tribute album to Leonard Bernstein, Richie Cole Plays West Side Story.

"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.'" — AllMusic

• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This single-layer SACD can only be played on a Super Audio CD Player!
• Japanese pressing

Richie Cole, alto saxophone
Vic Juris, guitar
Lou Forestieri, piano
Ed Howard, bass
Tommy Campbell, drums
Ray Mantilla, percussion

1. Something’s Coming
2. America
3. Maria
4. I Feel Pretty
5. Cool & Jet Song
6. Tonight
7. Somewhere
8. West Side Blues

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