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Nicholas Cole – Endless Possibilities

Sept. 10, 2012

It’s as though young keys wonder Nicholas Cole felt that he hadn’t shown us enough of his prowess on the 88s with his A Journey of One smash debut. So, he dashed back into the studio, raised his own bar for excellence, and cranked out this latest marvelous piece of work, Endless Possibilities.

With guest artists like saxmen Steve Cole, Marcus Anderson, and Vincent Ingala, guitarists Tim Bowman and Steve Oliver, vocalist Lynne Fiddmont, and bassist Julian Vaughn, I think it’s safe to say that Cole was shooting for the stars on this one.

From a purely melodic standpoint, this project can easily stand alongside many of the veteran heavy hitters’ works. You only have to listen to find yourself in agreement. Trust me.

The saying “Where there is smoke, there is fire” is very accurate most of the time. However, here, there is no such advance notice of the fire in this album because it immediately starts off aflame with a hard-hitting groove called “Please Don’t Say No,” and the party begins from there.

With a mix of smokin’ jams like “In It To Win It,” “Oasis,” “Conversations,” and “Triple Threat,” sexy, laid-back grooves like “When I Think of You,” Just One More Night” with Steve Cole, and “Beyond the Stars” with the tantalizing vocals of Lynn Fiddmont, and catchy, smooth mid-tempo tracks like the title track, “Snap,” and “Playin’ Again,” and the very sweet and delicate dance that is “Tatiana,” Cole has knocked this one out of the park.

Talk about growing up in this business quickly. Cole has mastered all of the nuances of this genre and truly has a finger on the pulse of what drives it and its fans, as well as his own spirit. The passion, the feel, the energy, the “it.” They are all here in this, just this young artist’s sophomore effort, an effort on which he writes and co-produces all of the material. I comfortably predict that Nicholas Cole will be a hot commodity for some time to come. – Ronald Jackson