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Keyboardist, Composer, Producer, Performer

  As a self proclaimed renegade jazz journalist and critical mercenary I have always had a problem with the concept of paying your dues to make an impact in the music business.

In short...Length of time and competency do not necessarily go hand in hand. Pianist Nicholas Cole was first signed by Cutmore Records at the age of 18 and with the technical proficiency and artistic vision of those twice his age. If the name Cutmore sounds familiar it should, Les Cutmore is the founder of the highly regarded Trippin 'N' Rhythm label.

Cole's first major label debut explores the endless possibilities within contemporary instrumental music without all the baggage and boredom that comes with the format driven sub genre some refer to as "smooth jazz." Steve Cole, Steve Oliver and saxophone phenom Vincent Ingala give an instant stamp of credibility and offer up the right amount of pop and vitality to sidestep some of the sonic pitfalls that literally caused the bottom to drop out of the smooth jazz market. The first logical question is who does Cole sound like? Nicholas Cole of course...Nicholas Cole walks a harmonic tightrope as an instrumentalist with a Bob James meets Herbie Hancock type vibe that is harmonically a step ahead of his contemporaries. Endless Possibilities the release is somewhere between Brian Culbertson and Kirk Whalum. Bottom line is the Nicholas Cole is the real deal.

"Please Don't Say No" features guitarist Tim Bowman, a mid tempo flow of layers of texture and a lyrical sense of purpose that sets the tone for the entire release. Bowman is first rate and perhaps the most underrated guitarist working the smoother side of the jazz street. "Just One Night" with Steve Cole is more introspective soulful number with an intriguing harmonic development. Cole is a perfect fit for this tune and adds the right counterpoint to another rock solid number. "In It To Win It" is buoyant tune which displays a keen sense of melody and an infectious groove or to borrow a phrase from one of the label executives, " more hooks than a fisherman's hat." Predictability of sub par vocals seems to be the number one pet peeve of this style of contemporary instrumental jazz while "Beyond The Stars" is the only vocal track on the release. A finely crafted tune that Lynne Fiddmont does exceptionally well with. Crossover potential? While not normally a fan of most vocals on releases that walk that contemporary tightrope, Fiddmont is a vocalist I would love to hear more from. The release closes with "Tatiana"  which is a beautiful melody in search of a fine feature film.

Nicholas Cole is a prolific instrumental talent, composer and shows off his talent as Co-Producer of this contemporary gem. The overall sound quality of this release is equally as impressive as the record itself. There is a deceptively subtle ambient quality and a warmer more open ended sound as compared to some of Cole's contemporaries. My concern would be that Cole might spread himself too thin but Cutmore Records and the entire Trippin 'N' Rhythm family place a high priority on artistic development so my concern is minimal at best.

This release could slip past you and that would be a shame. Some people have written that once Cole gets some more mileage on him then think how good he will be. I would rather celebrate how good he is now. Cole has mad skills and Endless Possibilities should be considered his coming out party!

Nicholas Cole is part of the future of modern jazz, a more evolved sound for the time and the future is now!

Tracks: Please Don't Say No ( featuring Tim Bowman); Between Us (featuring Michael Stever); Falling For You; When I Think Of You; In It To When It; Just One Night (featuring Steve Cole); Endless Possibilities; Beyond The Stars (featuring Lynne Fiddmont); Snap (featuring Vincent Ingala); Oasis (featuring Steve Oliver); Playin Again; Triple Threat (featuring Marcus Anderson & Julian Vaughn); Conversations; Tatiana.

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Endless Possibilties - Nicholas Cole     CutMore Records is excited to announce the labels first signing, 18 yr old producer/keyboard phenomena, Nicholas Cole.  Having first caught the attention of the label a few years ago with the release of his self produced debut, Cole has accumulated a rather large and rapid following of believers who, as the label has, have caught a small glimpse of how great he can be. Cole is one of a number of very young artists that have come to embrace the genre and inject a new excitement and edge to a format that has been stagnant over the last few years. This is our future and CutMore Records is proud to be leading the way as we blaze a new trail and pump new life into contemporary instrumental music.

Coles label debut features 14 self produced originals and features cameos from Steve Cole, Julian Vaughn, Tim Bowman, Lynne Fiddmont, Steve Oliver and another talented newcomer Vincent Ingala. The lead single goes to radio late July and will be available in stores Sept 11..