“Pulse” is Cole’s seventh album, this one produced and written by the artist with fellow saxman David Mann. Cole spent the summer playing concerts in the U.S. and Germany to set the stage for the disc’s American and European release while introducing his fan base to the new tunes that come equipped with strapping horns. The promotional push continues with album release gigs lined up in the coming months in New York City (October 12), South Florida (November 2), Southern California (November 8 & 9) and Minneapolis, Minnesota (November 16), the Chicago native’s adopted hometown. This October 17-20, Cole will be featured as the Artist of the Year at the 24th Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival taking place in Delaware.
Cole's “Pulse” beats to soul-singed contemporary jazz, R&B, gospel, blues and hip hop grooves. Cole’s creative muse has come full circle in the fifteen years since the release of his award-winning debut disc that delivered a pair of radio hits. “With You All The Way,” the first single from “Pulse,” which was released last week, is already #7 on Billboard’s chart and ticketed for the top.
Here is a snapshot of what several of your colleagues had to write about “Pulse”:
“A dynamic package that keeps Steve Cole at the very top of the food chain when it comes to contemporary instrumental music…It doesn’t get much better than this.” – Critical Jazz
“Filled with the sounds of blues, funk, soul, gospel, R&B, and hip hop jams...Cole has generously ‘returned to the basics’ on his new 10-song album with renewed vigor and creative force.” – Hill Rag
“With yet another smooth and dead-on album, saxman Steve Cole gives it his all on Pulse, a truly satisfying endeavor pulsating with lots of soul and appeal.” – The Smooth Jazz Ride
“A ten track set that’s heavy on infectious melodies and soulful grooves.” – Soul and Jazz and Funk
“This is really an album with a muscular horn section and with soul-powered grooves. Honest, natural and with a quick pulse!” – Smooth Jazz Europe
“It will get your head nodding and your feet tapping” – Smooth Jazz Daily