Freddy Cole releases In the Name of Love, an exciting new album of contemporary pop material. The singer gets romantic on his third Telarc release with unique interpretations of eleven celebrated love songs, including Boz Scaggs' "Harbor Lights," Smokey Robinson's "Just to See Her" and Van Morrison's "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You." Jazz vocal sensation Jane Monheit joins Cole on Brazilian composer Ivan Lins' tune "Remember Me" (with lyrics by Brenda Russell). In the Name of Love also features "Save a Little Time for Me," written by Freddy's son, Lionel, and another Lins favorite, "I'm Not Alone" ("Anjo De Mim").
"Of course, In the Name of Love was built around a love theme," Cole says. "Before we went into the studio to record, we picked the best material that we could. I've always liked Boz Scaggs, and my son made me aware of his song 'Harbor Lights.' Roberta Flack did a great job on 'In the Name of Love' and my dear friend Lou Rawls used to sing 'Lady Love.'"
This was Cole's first opportunity to work with Monheit. "We caught a break last February," he says. "She and I were both at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. One afternoon, we just got together at the piano and ran through some songs. We were both in New York the next week. We did two takes and that was it. She's a very talented young lady."
Supported by an array of top-notch musicians, including saxophonist Jay Beckenstein, guitarist Romero Lubambo, keyboardist/arranger Cesar Camargo Mariano, percussionist Cyro Baptista, and bassists Mark Egan and Will Lee, Cole reminds us that he's not only Nat's younger brother (and Natalie's uncle), he's also a unique stylist of modern music in his own right. Cole reveals "I just try to reach out and touch someone. That's what I do. I don't look at any age groups."
Before there was urban contemporary, singers like Freddy Cole set the musical tone for the world. Born in Chicago in 1931, the singer/pianist sounds like his famous brother, Nat "King" Cole (who died in 1965), but has developed a style all his own. The youngest of five children, he was influenced by Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Billy Eckstine. He started playing at age six and has been recording since he was 21 years old, starting his professional career in 1952. Cole still tours throughout Europe, the Far East, and Brazil, in addition to performing at major U.S. jazz festivals and nightclubs.
In the Name of Love was produced and arranged by Jason Miles, a multi-talented musician who has been working behind the scenes on all-star projects since the mid '80s. He was the number one programmer and keyboard player for Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Kiss and many others. He created most of the synth sounds on Miles Davis' classic Tutu, and even contributed to Michael Jackson's History album. Miles' 2000 Telarc project, A Love Affair: The Music of Ivan Lins, won a Grammy Award for best male pop vocal for Sting's performance of "She Walks This Earth." Another track from the album, "Camaleao" with the late Grover Washington, Jr., was nominated for best pop instrumental performance.