Nat “King” Cole Tribute Album Featuring Freddy Cole
Sony MASTERWORKS celebrates Issac Delgado’s recent Latin Grammy nomination for his new CD L-O-V-E in the category of “Best Latin Jazz Album.” On L-O-V-E, Cuban superstar Delgado recreates 12 sultry and sexy Spanish recordings originally sung by crooner Nat King Cole. He does so with the help of a number of outstanding musicians including a special contribution by Nat King Cole’s brother, Freddy Cole. This is the first time that Freddy Cole has participated in a tribute album for his brother.
Dubbed “suave and smooth…” by the Boston Herald, Delgado and Freddy Cole “bring a new verve to Cole’s roster of standards” according to The Wall Street Journal. Eight of the twelve songs on L-O-V-E can be found on Nat King Cole’s three Latin albums and the remaining four, are Cole classics that Delgado reinterprets in Spanish by infusing his own personal style and Latin Jazz elements into each one. A charismatic musician, Delgado transforms these 20th century classics into 21st century masterpieces while staying true and authentic to his Cuban roots.
Often referred to as the “Frank Sinatra of salsa” Delgado started studying music formally at the age of 10 when he attended the Amadeo Roldan and Ignacio Cervantes music conservatories. At 18, he debuted with the Gonzalo Rubalcaba’s Grupo Proyecto, to later start playing with the Pacho Alonso Orchestra and NG La Banda. This latter contribution helped him to become one of the most important representatives of timba, a new style created from Afro-Cuban music. In 1991, he debuted as a solo artist and has since recorded a dozen albums and traveled around the world as “El Chevere de la Salsa”. Delgado has been nominated for Latin Grammy and Grammy Awards in the past for his work on En Primera Plana and Asi Soy.
The album features a long list of guest musicians including music director and pianist John di Martino, contrabassist Charles Flores, drummer Dafnis Prieto, percussionist Pedro Martinez, guitarist Romero Lubambo, clarinet and saxophone player Ken Peplowski, trombonist Conrad Herwig and trumpeter Brian Lynch. The stellar array of musicians also includes the great Cuban singer Xiomara Laugart “La Negra”, and Issac Delgado Jr. as backing vocalist. L-O-V-E was produced by Nat Chediak, Delgado and Fernado Trueba. L-O-V-E is a Calle 54 Records production released by Sony Masterworks in the U.S.