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Richie Cole - Return to Alto Acres

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Hi All

Saw this in a local store on LP. Wondered if it was worth picking up since it has Art Pepper and Roger Kellaway on it. Seemed like a no brainer but don't know Cole at all and its among Pepper's last sessions.

Any good?

Colin

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Haven't heard this album, but Richie Cole is a tremendous altoist who excels when pitted against others on his horn. He's made great albums with Phil Woods and Greg Abate.

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Cheers Bill.

Of course its in Youtube and sounds fine so back to the store this afternoon...

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it's my only Richie Cole ... ugly cover, lovely music

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he can be heard to good effect on some of those steaming hot Buddy Rich big band albums on Pacific Jazz (he was on board 1969/70 I think - at least that's when he was on records)

also he made some records with Red Rodney - I've got some of that on one of those Camden 2CD sets from the 90s, not played often yet though ...

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Then there's this little-known session - a swingin' live date:

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And this one is a total gas!

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These's a degree of shtick that's not to my taste, but he could certainly get around the horn...

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Saw Richie live in the 80's. He was a fine player.

Q

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Richie Cole (as-1, ts-2, bs-3), Art Pepper (cl-4, as-5), Roger Kellaway (p), Bob Magnusson (b), Billy Higgins (dm)
Coast Recorders, San Francisco, CA, February 16, 1982

Return to Alto Acres 1 3 4 5
Art's opus #2 1 2 5
A & R 2 5
Palo Alto blues 3 5
Broadway 1 5
Art's opus #2 (alternate take) 1 2 5 previously unissued
Sleigh ride 1 5

Note:
First five titles on Palo Alto PA 8023, (Jap) VIJ-6397, Fonomusic (Sp) 86.2010/7 “Richie Cole And... Return To Alto Acres”.
First six titles on Jazz Excursion 102 “A Piece Of Jazz History” (CD).
Seventh title first issued on Palo Alto PA 8032 “Mistletoe Magic” (various artists).
Art Pepper does not play on Things we did last Summer from this session.

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Return To Alto Acres is my favorite Richie Cole album.

Some of Cole's albums didn't do much for me. They went "over the top" at times!

Cole seemed to disappear from the scene for a number of years, but has fairly recently returned.

He played at a jazz party I attended within the last couple of years. He sounded better than ever.

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