Richie Cole is best known for his hard-swinging, edgy bebop style. But if you heard Richie Cole at the festival last May, you know he knows his way around a ballad, too. This album—which earned four-star ratings from Downbeat and All About Jazz—is the first all-ballads album in his 45-year career. Featuring the same band that played the festival, Cole “taps into his inner Johnny Hodges. Caressing, gentle, lush, it is a side of Cole that’s never been explored over a full album before” (All About Jazz).
Choice track: “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most”
Westsylvania Albums of the Month are (mostly new) releases from artists who have played the festival. Check back next month for more!