RFI: Vocal jazz songform

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Is there a name for a kind of jazz song that seems to be based on a 12-bar blues but whose vocal line takes a lot of unexpected leaps and twists, almost like it was mimicking an improvised sax or trumpet line -- not necessarily scatting, though (although I think I've heard scatting in songs like this).

The only examples I know by name are "Oh Gee" (the version I know is Kevin Mahogany) Joni Mitchell's "Twisted." But I've heard it elsewhere, too. There was a song on the radio this morning about Charlie Parker that employed this form.

jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 9 August 2004 18:02 (seventeen years ago) link

That should be "Mahogany) AND Joni"

jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 9 August 2004 18:03 (seventeen years ago) link

Vocalese?

Jordan (Jordan), Monday, 9 August 2004 18:04 (seventeen years ago) link

(Vocalese is taking other instrumentalists melodies and solos and putting words to them. Especially really stupid words. See John Hendricks, Kurt Elling, Eddie Jefferson, etc.)

Jordan (Jordan), Monday, 9 August 2004 18:05 (seventeen years ago) link

...and Robert Wyatt!

|a|m|t|r|s|t| (amateurist), Monday, 9 August 2004 18:07 (seventeen years ago) link

Hmmm, maybe! I just did some research, and I think the "Charlie Parker song" I heard today was by Eddie Jefferson ("Yardbird Suite"). Jefferson also does a version of "Oh Gee," too.

jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 9 August 2004 18:22 (seventeen years ago) link

Man, I love the iTunes store for doing research like this.

jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 9 August 2004 18:24 (seventeen years ago) link

See also: King Pleasure. And Lambert, Hendrick, and Ross. ("Twisted" ain't actually Joni's--it's Annie Ross's.)

Marcel Post (Marcel Post), Monday, 9 August 2004 18:42 (seventeen years ago) link

Yeah, "Yardbird Suite" is definitely vocalese. The original tune is classic tho

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Tuesday, 10 August 2004 00:26 (seventeen years ago) link

three years pass...

Ha, I just bought a 2CD Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross collection.

jaymc, Wednesday, 30 January 2008 20:29 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...

That's the album with 3LPs on two CDs? That's really good. I just got a King Pleasure album called Golden Days. I was a little worried when I realized that the version of "Moody's Mood For Love" was a rerecord of the original hit, but the whole thing still sounds great. Also a prime candidate for the Wacky Liner Notes thread, having all this weird stuff about something called "Planetism."

Horace Silver Machine (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 7 August 2009 23:34 (twelve years ago) link

i was just listening to lambert, hendricks, and ross the other day. god, i love them. they are up there with jackie & roy and the hi-lo's in my unholy trinity of awesome 50's vocal groups.

scott seward, Saturday, 8 August 2009 00:19 (twelve years ago) link

I saw Annie Ross a few times earlier this year. She appears most Tuesdays at a place called the Metropolitan Room. Obviously she can't quite sing like a trumpet anymore, but she's still got it.

Horace Silver Machine (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 8 August 2009 16:17 (twelve years ago) link

I have two words for you: Blossom Dearie.

Horace Silver Machine (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 10 August 2009 22:17 (twelve years ago) link

two months pass...

Jon Hendricks and Kurt Elling
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nY7LHziBDcI&NR=1

Run-WmC (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 8 November 2009 16:35 (twelve years ago) link

Which is not vocalese, but you should still click on it.

Bloggers Might Ride (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 10 November 2009 15:00 (twelve years ago) link

Did not know about this Eddie Jefferson vocalese version of Coleman Hawkins's version of "Body And Soul."

steenship HOOSiers (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 21 November 2009 23:43 (twelve years ago) link

Wikipedia page on the subject uses LH&R's "Twisted" as sample example http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vocalese

steenship HOOSiers (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 21 November 2009 23:46 (twelve years ago) link

One last thing while I have your attention: earlier this year I saw John Pizzarelli and his wife Jessica Molaskey do this crazy Jazz vs. Broadway "medley" where he sang some Jon Hendricks part which alternated with her answering him with a completely different song (by Sondheim), all of which added up to one super patter song that seemed to get faster and faster, His Girl Friday-style. It was amazing.

Welcome To The King Pleasure-dome (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 23 November 2009 01:23 (twelve years ago) link

OK, that would be "Cloudburst/Getting Married Today" and was released on Jessica Molaskey's Make Believe album.

Welcome To The King Pleasure-dome (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 23 November 2009 19:50 (twelve years ago) link

two years pass...

So apparently there is a new documentary about Annie Ross called No One But Me.

MIke Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 4 April 2012 02:16 (nine years ago) link

Prior version of "Twisted" went missing, so here it is again
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APS_3Q3mGlQ&feature=related

MIke Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 4 April 2012 02:32 (nine years ago) link

WIth Count Basie! And a grinning Tony Bennett in the audience!

MIke Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 4 April 2012 02:34 (nine years ago) link

five years pass...

Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - Airegin (Sonny Rollins)
Newport Jazz Festival 1960

Wow

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ul54NWmwLxs

Hans Holbein (Chinchilla Volapük), Wednesday, 29 November 2017 09:04 (four years ago) link

two years pass...

Never knew the name for this type of singing. Possibly the one thing that grates on me more than musicals and gospel.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 22 July 2020 21:12 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRiZG8B9rmY

what a shite post!

calzino, Wednesday, 22 July 2020 21:42 (one year ago) link

RIP Annie Ross.

Sonny Shamrock (Tom D.), Wednesday, 22 July 2020 22:17 (one year ago) link

love Mark Murphy’s “Stolen Moments”

brimstead, Wednesday, 22 July 2020 22:48 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vinwc5EBXzc

brimstead, Wednesday, 22 July 2020 22:49 (one year ago) link

RIP Annie Ross.
Thought this was what the revive was going to be about.

Left Eye Frizzell (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 22 July 2020 22:59 (one year ago) link

King Pleasure, The Source:Think I may still have this double-LP collection: first platter is the essential, starting with his Greatest Hit, "Moody's Mood For Love,"-singing his words to James Moody's instrumental version of "I'm In The Mood For Love," (vastly improved by JM and KP, also by Pleasure's guest,Betty Carter). Also got an Eddie Jefferson anth somewhere, and think he might be considered more legit or something? And maybe Pleasure lifted some of his choice of originals? But frankly Mr, Shankly, I much prefer KP's words and singing.
https://www.discogs.com/King-Pleasure-The-Source/master/579137

dow, Wednesday, 22 July 2020 23:22 (one year ago) link

Oh well okay wiki sez "Moody's Mood" words written by Jefferson, and some prob think Pleasure's voice is too slick, but he still sounds better to me.

dow, Wednesday, 22 July 2020 23:29 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERpyU7oiDUE

dow, Wednesday, 22 July 2020 23:33 (one year ago) link

Aw crap. Anyway, most of his best stuff is on the 'Tube.

dow, Wednesday, 22 July 2020 23:37 (one year ago) link

Allan Harris and Kurt Elling two contemporary practitioners of vocalese. Harris even did an Eddie Jefferson tribute album.

King Pleasure seems to be considered kind of a weirdo maybe, but I like some of his stuff including his two Symphony Sid songs, “Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid,” which I believe was the vocalese or at least vocal version of Sid’s theme music, composed by Lester Young (and on some kind of split artist album with some Annie Ross material) and “The New Symphony Sid,” recently redone by Van Morrison. Eddie Jefferson seems a little more respectable and I like his stuff, but seem to recall Will Friedwald dismissing him for some reason.

Left Eye Frizzell (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 22 July 2020 23:47 (one year ago) link

I saw James Moody once at the old Iridium and he played -and sang! - “Moody’s Mood For Love” which was great.

Left Eye Frizzell (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 22 July 2020 23:48 (one year ago) link

The Van Morrison connection just came up, sort of, in Elvis Costello’s recent post about Annie on FB, about how he first came to know of her through a Georgie Fame cover. It’s was decades before I knew that “Yeh Yeh” (which EC’s wife Diana Krall did a duet with Georgie on a few years back) was a cover of the Jon Hendricks vocalese version of a Rodgers Grant composition.

Left Eye Frizzell (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 22 July 2020 23:57 (one year ago) link

Co-composed with Pat Patrick of Sun Ra’s band.

Left Eye Frizzell (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 22 July 2020 23:58 (one year ago) link

Which first appeared on Mongo Santamaría’s Watermelon Man album.

Left Eye Frizzell (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 23 July 2020 00:01 (one year ago) link

Album has an exclamation point so Watermelon Man!

Left Eye Frizzell (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 23 July 2020 00:03 (one year ago) link

xxxpost: Oh yeah, Moody could be great---did time in Vegas pit orchs, but re-emerged and kicked my butt via radio concert in the 80s. In "The South's Gonna Do It Again," Charlie Daniels seems to be fiddling the main "Syphony Sid" riff (the part that Pleasure sings as "Jumpin' with my boy Sid in the City" and so on). The track with Annie Ross I tried tp play is "Don't Get Scared": "When you see dan-ger facing you, little man don't, get, scared" (like they're telling you to dwell on "Get, Scared!") "Parker's Mood" starts with open arms, sunrise sound, "Come with meee, if you wanna go, to Kan-sas City." But somehow he works his way around to , "Goin' to Kansas City, sorry but I can't take you," which also seems very Bird, if he bothered with words.
Other faves: "I'm Gone" and "Red Top."

dow, Thursday, 23 July 2020 00:05 (one year ago) link

Actually I had heard that Herbie Hancock was subbing for Rogers Grant in Mongo Santamaría’s band when the lightning struck and they first played “Watermelon Man” together but apparently Chick Corea had been the pianist in that band right before that happened. The more you know! Guess Rodgers was the piano player right before Chick.

http://jazzstation-oblogdearnaldodesouteiros.blogspot.com/2012/04/rip-rodgers-grant.html?m=1

Left Eye Frizzell (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 23 July 2020 00:08 (one year ago) link

There might be more that they've posted on Soundcloud---see the one I linked upthread.
B-but you didn't answer *my* question!

dow, Monday, 28 September 2020 02:26 (one year ago) link

Mixcloud, that is (the link is right).

dow, Monday, 28 September 2020 02:28 (one year ago) link

I must say I’ve been enjoying Dee Dee Bridgewater’s Horace Silver album a lot... but I think I love her album of Kurt Weill songs even more. Favorite new-to-me artist of the year!

brimstead, Monday, 28 September 2020 16:28 (one year ago) link

Great, glad you dig her. I like Ja'l Deux Amours too, from 2007, when she was living in France:
Dave Gelly of The Guardian stated, "'J'ai Deux Amours' was the number with which Josephine Baker captivated Paris in the early 1930s, and Dee Dee Bridgewater is her nearest equivalent today, a star both at home in the US and in her adopted country. Her singing is as expressive as ever, but what really caught my attention was the arrangements, a collaborative effort by the singer and her band. Harmonically sophisticated and at times fairly abstract, they quickly banish any idea of sentimental, Gallic wallow."
...Jason MacNeil of AllMusic commented, "These Parisian café tunes bring out the best in this stellar jazz singer, particularly on the opening title track. Accompanied by accordion, which introduces the song, Dee Dee Bridgewater takes you from Paris down to the French Riviera with a warm, slightly island sound as she sings en français. And she has no problem creating her soothing jazz pipes regardless of language."
...[1] The Buffalo News review stated, "Bridgewater still shows her skill at shaping a phrase, her ability to bring out the depths of every word. She sings in French with obvious relish. But I hope she doesn't forget her fans back home."[3]
She hasn't, but
also went further South and made Red Earth with Mali musicians.
More info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%27ai_Deux_Amours

dow, Monday, 28 September 2020 16:53 (one year ago) link

Sounds rad, will check it out!

brimstead, Monday, 28 September 2020 16:55 (one year ago) link

There might be more that they've posted on Soundcloud---see the one I linked upthread.
B-but you didn't answer *my* question!

Love LH&R but haven’t listened to any or their albums properly (in a while) so you are on your own, sorry.

Erdős-szám 69 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 30 September 2020 13:24 (one year ago) link

Sing A Song Of Basie is phenomenal!!

brimstead, Wednesday, 30 September 2020 17:20 (one year ago) link

It’s sand, man!

brimstead, Wednesday, 30 September 2020 17:20 (one year ago) link

Yeah, that one is great.

Erdős-szám 69 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 30 September 2020 17:27 (one year ago) link

jaymc would something like amina claudine myers' african blues fit with style you were looking for? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hk2fg2cE27I

H in Addis, Thursday, 1 October 2020 02:08 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

So today on WBGO for Dave Brubeck’s centennial (which is actually today), Michael Bourne played a musical Brubeck wrote with his wife Iola, The Real Ambassadors, starring Louis Armstrong and featuring Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, which I was glad to hear, since I had read about but never listened to it. The musical was recorded in the studio first, but by the time it was performed live at the Monterey Jazz Festival Annie Ross was gone and had been replaced by Yolande Bavan. I went down a tiny rabbit hole and found this [u=https://www.jazzwax.com/2007/11/a-chat-with-yol.html]extremely interesting 3-part interview[/u] with Bavan, and am now listening to the live albums of that trio, including Live at Newport ‘63, featuring another centennial artist of this month, Clark Terry.

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 6 December 2020 21:37 (one year ago) link

Oh yeah, Clark Terry's "Mumbles" routine counts as vocalese or close enough. Had neglected the LH & Bavan era, thanks for tip.

dow, Sunday, 6 December 2020 21:59 (one year ago) link

Yeah, I enjoyed a few of those Mumbles routines today, "Mumbles" itself and this one called "Never."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7XtciQyhJA

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 6 December 2020 22:10 (one year ago) link

LH & Bavan from the 1962 (not 1963) Newport Jazz Festival
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgxfCsGTVhY

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 6 December 2020 22:13 (one year ago) link

Thanks! Don't think I've ever heard that line-up before---what a position to be in, having to follow the tenure of starpowered Annie Ross. So I think I read that Dave Lambert stopped to help a stranded, maybe injured motorist and got struck himself, fatally. Hendricks, with his offspring or whomever, used to irritate me on radio shows in the 80s: his voice had gotten too dry and stiff for all that spotlight, and maybe it always was, other than brief solo breaks in the trio format. But good to hear more prime-of-life trio, thanks again.

dow, Monday, 7 December 2020 01:43 (one year ago) link

Yes, that’s what happened to Dave Lambert, unfortunately. Bavan tells a somewhat detailed version of the story in that interview I linked.

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 7 December 2020 02:11 (one year ago) link

Yeah, didn't want details; I know and know of several people that's happened to, resulting in major injury at least (Andre Dubus got all tore up, lastingly). Reminds me also of a transcribed conversation between Jon Savage and JG Ballard: Savage mentions how motorway design and construction lead to psychopathic behavior, making it so easy to hit and be hit, thus hard not to run.

dow, Monday, 7 December 2020 02:32 (one year ago) link

In some areas, anyway.

dow, Monday, 7 December 2020 02:34 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

Reviewer A.D. Amorosi in the spirit: "Having a fellow jazz singer and the author of the award-winning This Is Hip: The Life of Mark Murphy tackle the roots of bop vocalese and its firestarter...is sort of like asking one of the Apostles to take on the entire Bible...requires nothing less than a surgeon’s skills and a comedian’s ability to pace oneself to the punchline." Author Peter Jones is a jazz singer too? Is he good?

dow, Friday, 1 January 2021 19:27 (one year ago) link

No idea. Good question.

Dog Heavy Manners (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 1 January 2021 19:45 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

Michelle Hendricks, daughter of Jon, brings words, voice, and something of a new spark to an old fave, "Song from The Old Country," by and with the now late great, always jumpin' Adams-Pullen Quartet:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpZW5ulfWYM

dow, Thursday, 17 June 2021 22:11 (seven months ago) link

(Lewis Nash in there, doing just fine in the wake of Dannie Richmond RIP)

dow, Thursday, 17 June 2021 22:15 (seven months ago) link

Should have said "Michele," sorry.

dow, Thursday, 17 June 2021 22:17 (seven months ago) link

three months pass...

Speaking again of xpost "Song For My Father"---this was posted just now on So, does anyone know what "Rikki, Don't Lose That Number" is about?

I did find this:

In his 2006 autobiography, Let's Get to the Nitty Gritty, Silver recalled events leading up to the iconic 1964 recording following a visit to Brazil as a guest of pianist Sergio Mendes during the week-long Carnival festivities.

"Believe me, Carnival provided much excitement," he wrote. "After returning home to New York from my visit with Sergio and (drummer) Dom Um, I was haunted by the bossa nova rhythm I had heard in Brazil. So I said to myself, 'I'm going to try to write a song using that rhythmic concept.' I sat down at the piano for a few hours and came up with a new song using the bossa nova rhythm. However, the melody didn't sound Brazilian to me; it sounded more like some of the old Cape Verdean melodies my dad had played. Dad had always wanted me to take some of the old Cape Verdean songs and do jazz interpretations of them. This didn't appeal to me, but when I realized I had written a new song with a Brazilian rhythmic concept and a Cape Verdean melodic concept, I immediately thought about dedicating the song to Dad. So I titled it 'Song for My Father'."

https://www.wrti.org/arts-desk/2021-06-18/the-story-behind-horace-silvers-song-for-my-father

― birdistheword, Monday, October 4, 2021

dow, Monday, 4 October 2021 16:27 (three months ago) link

(Because of the "SFMF" lift on "Rikki")

dow, Monday, 4 October 2021 16:28 (three months ago) link

To be fair:
Fagen told All About Jazz in 2011: “There was never a conscious thought about picking up Horace Silver’s intro… as for the piano line, I think I had heard it on an old Sergio Mendes album. Maybe that where Horace heard it, too (laughs).”

dow, Monday, 4 October 2021 16:30 (three months ago) link

xxxpost Speaking of Dee Dee B. and words added to instrumentals: dunno when Horace Sliver wrote lyrics of "Song For My Father"---maybe when he wrote the melody, but I didn't hear it sung 'til Andy Bey; my fave version is Bridgewater's, but worth hearing by whomever:

I wrote a song for my father in hopes it would give him a thrill after seeing Brazil.
My father’s music came through me but never got to me until
I went down to Brazil---
In Rio all day long, I heard my father’s song...
His father was Portuguese-Cape Verdean, born on a CV island.

― dow, Tuesday, July 28, 2020

(Also performances etc. posted upthread)

dow, Monday, 4 October 2021 16:39 (three months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Andy Bey just turned 82. Not sure if he is performing anymore these days, but still a lot of recordings to listen to.

Fine, Fine, Superfine Career Opportunities (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 30 October 2021 05:15 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

Sheila Jordan, "Bird's Song" (based on "Relaxin' at Camarillo"):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1JuKM8lOj4

dow, Sunday, 2 January 2022 22:02 (two weeks ago) link

Oh, man, my heart skipped a beat when Shelia's name just showed there. I went to see her recently and talked to her a a brief moment but of course kept my mask on and was afraid to breathe on her.

(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Razor (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 2 January 2022 22:08 (two weeks ago) link

She did that “Bird’s Song” recording at the age of 89. She’s 93 now.

Josefa, Sunday, 2 January 2022 22:13 (two weeks ago) link

Wow, I thought the age was finally beginning to show in her voice, but I still like it.
Xpost Sorry,James! Yeah, that's gonna happen w the actuarial tables kicking in all over the place these days.

Not vocalese, but Susannah McCorkle was one of the most word-wise of jazz singers---also a prize-winning short story writer, but wouldn't do original lyrics, said she didn't have it---did do wonderful English lyrics for Brazilian ballads---no idea how accurate as translations, but they sound great---here's a 17 -minute excerpt of a vintage comma wine-fine Xmas set---singing and comments on some songs---rerun Dec. 24, 2021 (following John Waters on his favorite Christmas songs, so look for that segment too:

TERRY GROSS, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. We're celebrating Christmas Eve with excerpts of shows from our archive. Next, we go all the way back to 1988 for a great concert of Christmas songs performed by the late Susannah McCorkle. 1988 was also the year she was described as the outstanding female jazz singer of her generation by jazz critic Francis Davis. Full disclosure - he's my husband. Susannah was also a writer and translator, and her love of language was apparent in her interpretation of lyrics. Joining Susannah for this concert in our studio was pianist Lee Musiker and bass player Dean Johnson.
https://www.npr.org/2021/12/24/1066327058/jazz-singer-susannah-mccorkle-performs-a-holiday-concert-for-fresh-air

dow, Sunday, 2 January 2022 22:15 (two weeks ago) link

Not jazz, but out to lunch for sure--John Waters plays some of his Christmas favorites:
https://www.npr.org/2021/12/24/1066805815/filmmaker-john-waters-puts-his-own-spin-on-christmas

dow, Sunday, 2 January 2022 22:17 (two weeks ago) link

O Susannah! Used to love to turn jazz vocal noobs on to her when I worked in the CD store:
We Remember Singer Susannah McCorkle
May 25, 2001 12:00 AM ET
Heard on Fresh Air
with excerpts from her Fresh Air interviews and concerts. She died last weekend after jumping to her death. She was 55. She had 17 albums to her credit and a repertoire of more than 3000 songs. Besides being a literate interpreter of American popular song, she was also a prose writer who published fiction in Mademoiselle, Cosmopolitan and The O. Henry Book of Short Stories. We also talk with Susannah McCorkle's ex-husband and former manager Dan Dinicola.(REBROADCASTS from 7/17/87, 12/23/88, 4/12/91, 7/3/96).

https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1123480

dow, Sunday, 2 January 2022 22:22 (two weeks ago) link

Jazz Critics poll 2021 Vocal jazz list

Vocals

Veronica Swift, This Bitter Earth (Mack Avenue) 17
(tie) Gretchen Parlato Flor (Edition) 9
(tie) Sara Serpa, Intimate Strangers (Biophilia) 9
(tie) Jen Shyu & Jade Tongue, Zero Grasses: Ritual for the Losses (Pi) 9
(tie) Jazzmeia Horn and Her Noble Force Dear Love (Empress Legacy) 7
(tie) Esperanza Spalding, Songwrights Apothecary Lab (Concord) 7
(tie). Mary LaRose, Out Here (Little (i) Music
(tie) Kate McGarry + Keith Ganz Ensemble, What to Wear in the Dark (Resilience) 6
(tie) Theo Bleckmann and the Westerlies, This Land (Westerlies Music) 4 (tie) Samara Joy, Samara Joy (Whirlwind) (tie) Roseanna Vitro Sing a Song of Bird (Skyline) 4

curmudgeon, Monday, 3 January 2022 04:31 (two weeks ago) link

So Veronica Swift is breaking out finally?

(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Razor (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 3 January 2022 04:36 (two weeks ago) link

I guess so. Out of touch with current jazz vocalists me is just hearing of her

curmudgeon, Monday, 3 January 2022 16:26 (two weeks ago) link

II didn't even know she put out a full album yet.

(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Razor (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 3 January 2022 16:50 (two weeks ago) link

I don't think I ever knowingly heard Susannah McCorkle's voice before today. Man, she really was great.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Monday, 3 January 2022 19:51 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah, this is one of my faves by her:

Sabia AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow
Susannah McCorkle spoke Italian, Spanish, German, and Portuguese in addition to English; she had worked as an interpreter before she devoted herself to singing. On her second Concord CD, McCorkle sang ten Brazilian songs plus "Estate," switching between English, Portuguese, and Italian. There is no communication problem as far as conveying her feelings and the high quality of the melodies, so this is a more accessible release than one might think. The vocalist's backup group includes pianist Lee Musiker, Scott Hamilton on tenor, and guitarist Emily Remler.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4c8rcJ4rVw

dow, Sunday, 9 January 2022 23:50 (one week ago) link

Veronica Swift, This Bitter Earth (Mack Avenue)-- Jazz critic poll winner

Veronica Swift's opening rendition of the title track has a different and contemporary arrangement to it, but the rest sounds more traditional and even studied to me

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 11 January 2022 05:19 (one week ago) link

Listening to this now. First track is really interesting. Have been on the fence about her singing for the past two years. She's obvious got a Big Voice and this album of diverse material may be suited to her but we will see.

The Door into Summerisle (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 12 January 2022 18:05 (one week ago) link

There is another newer singer who I became aware of a tiny bit later who think I prefer slightly, of Armenian origin and her name is...

The Door into Summerisle (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 12 January 2022 18:08 (one week ago) link

Lucy Yeghiazaryan.

The Door into Summerisle (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 12 January 2022 18:08 (one week ago) link

And she recently married one of her musical collaborators who is also really good and that is....

The Door into Summerisle (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 12 January 2022 18:10 (one week ago) link

Grant Stewart

The Door into Summerisle (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 12 January 2022 18:11 (one week ago) link

Will check---speaking of studied, or anyway bourgie, but mainly they're really into it!
New York Voices: "Sing! Sing! Sing!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vf6wxhtEJz8

dow, Wednesday, 12 January 2022 18:12 (one week ago) link

What other New York Voices vocalise is good?

dow, Wednesday, 12 January 2022 18:13 (one week ago) link

I dunno but I sort of got used to them because they would always show up on Michael Bourne's show before he retired recently.

The Door into Summerisle (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 12 January 2022 18:23 (one week ago) link


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