"The Cole Nobody Knows" is a documentary on Chicago-native Freddy Cole, the lesser-known, yet equally talented younger brother of Nat "King" Cole. At age 75, Freddy Cole is, at last, being widely recognized for his amazing musical talent. The film examines the complicated journey of creating a career in the shadow of a famous sibling. Mr. Cole's story is told through interviews with Mr. Cole, Monty Alexander, Nancy Wilson, David "Fathead" Newman, John di Martino, H Johnson, Carl Anthony and many others. Photographed in Atlanta, New York City, New Jersey, Los Angeles, Switzerland & France, "The Cole Nobody Knows" also offers a reinvigorating journey through the "Great American Songbook" by offering extraordinary, live performance material with Freddy Cole and his quartet.Written by
Super documentary highlighting Freddy Cole's career and his emergence from brother Nat's shadow
Firstly I have to state that I live in the UK and have been a total fan of Freddy Cole since I first heard him way back in 1976. His output of recordings has been staggering and I have been at a loss as to why he has had so little recognition here in the UK. I was delighted to hear about this short documentary addressing my concern.
I was not to be disappointed when given the chance to view the film. There are some excellent excerpts of live performances by Freddy and the trio which will be a revelation to those who have not been fortunate enough to have seen him live.
There are some interesting, informative, spoken contributions from notable and respected people (although perhaps their pedigree might have been displayed in the film for the benefit of non jazz fans)which are conducted with many of Freddy's tracks playing sufficiently audibly but not obtrusively as a background.
For music lovers of "the American Songbook", fans of Michael Buble, Buddy Greco, Jack Jones et al this film is a must see and hopefully would get Freddy the recognition he richly deserves.
Overall, an excellent film, not too long, Freddy is the main attraction throughout, which addresses sensitively it's title "The Cole Nobody Knows"
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