This LP is a bit of a collector's item, for it was altoist Richie Cole's debut album as a leader and the only release put out by the short-lived Progressive Recording Company. Cole, who was 27 at the time, already had his sound, style, and approach very much together and is quite recognizable. Three songs are from a live date, while the other four selections were cut in the studio. Cole introduces such originals as "Harold's House of Jazz" (based on "Cherokee"), "Tokyo Rose Sings the Blues," and "Waltz for a Rainy Bebop Evening." The rhythm section, which features solos from pianist Gerald Price, is fine but Cole is very much the star throughout. This was an impressive start to a significant career and the LP is well worth acquiring, since it may be a while before it reappears on CD.
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