Frank Sinatra walks into a bar...
Well, Frank called it a “bistro,” and Jilly’s on 52nd Street even had matchbooks that when opened read, “My favorite bistro — Frank Sinatra.” Jilly’s also featured Frank’s “favorite saloon singer,” Bobby Cole, who held court there for many years. His other gigs around New York landed him a recording contract with Columbia, but the 1960 release from the Bobby Cole Trio, while well reviewed, failed to gain traction. It featured no original material from Cole, and was essentially a recorded version of his Jilly’s act — one hard to capture on LP.
Judy Garland walks into a bar . . .
In 1964, and after hearing Cole’s performance of one of her favorites, Cy Coleman’s “You Fascinate Me So,” Garland invited the New York jazz singer to become the new musical arranger for CBS’s The Judy Garland Show in Los Angeles. When that show ended, Cole returned to New York and Jilly’s.
Jack Lonshein, whose day job was creating album covers for artists including Sarah Vaughan, Maynard Ferguson, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young (and eventually Big Brother & the Holding Company and The Amboy Dukes!), was a friend of Cole’s. He knew Bobby’s magic, and original songs, were what the jazz world needed. Taking things into his own hands, A Point of View was released on Lonshein’s own Concentric Records, and as can happen, no matter how well received and reviewed a record is, finding a copy was half the battle for fans. A Point of View made waves in the boroughs, was raved about in Billboard and Cash Box, and then disappeared — but became a coveted prize by those who experienced it. Artists including Freddy Cole (Nat’s brother) and Tom Jones all covered material from it.
A Point of View now returns 55 years later, fully authorized by the Estate of Bobby Cole. Produced for release by Grammy®-winner Cheryl Pawelski and lovingly remastered by Grammy®-winner Michael Graves, this new version presents the original release, plus 13 previously unissued bonus tracks drawn from sessions likely intended for a follow-up release that didn’t happen. A fascinating and thorough essay from Grammy®-nominated writer Randy Poe tells the story of Cole, the scene, and the music.
CD and Digital release are set for April 15, 2022 from Omnivore Recordings, with a double-LP version slated for Fall of 2022. A Point of View will be finally seen and heard, appreciated, and revered, as originally intended.
1. Status Quo
2. The Name Of The Game Is Trouble
3. Lover Boy
4. You Can’t Build A Life On A Look
5. But It’s Spring
7. You Could Hear A Pin Drop
8. A Change Of Scene
9. A Perfect Day
10. Elegy For Eve
11. No Difference At All
12. I’m Growing Old
13. Checkerboard Life [Bonus Track]
14. Drink This Cup [Bonus Track]
15. How The Lonely Spend Their Time [Bonus Track]
16. I Never Saw The Shadows [Bonus Track]
17. Tear For Tear [Bonus Track]
18. When She Was In Love With Me [Bonus Track]
19. Get Off Looking Good [Bonus Track]
20. At The Darkest Hour [Bonus Track]
21. A Toast [Bonus Track]
22. The Midnight Flower [Bonus Track]
23. Never Ask The Hour [Bonus Track]
24. A Change Of Scene (Alternate Take) [Bonus Track]
25. Life Rolls On [Bonus Track]
Pre-order link: www.omnivorerecordings.com/shop/a-point-of-view