Improvisations for the Human Voice

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Fans of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross specifically, and vocal jazz in general, have long heard about the early sides recorded before the trio came together in 1957. In fact, each member -- Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks, and Annie Ross -- was separately a pioneer in bop-inspired vocal improvisation, the type of vocalizing that concentrated on the most purely musical aspects of singing. The El Records compilation Improvisations for the Human Voice compiles 25 of those early sides and provides a terrific complement to their best recordings, the string of LPs they recorded for Columbia between 1959 and 1962 (which were collected on an excellent two-CD compilation, The Hottest New ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Fans of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross specifically, and vocal jazz in general, have long heard about the early sides recorded before the trio came together in 1957. In fact, each member -- Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks, and Annie Ross -- was separately a pioneer in bop-inspired vocal improvisation, the type of vocalizing that concentrated on the most purely musical aspects of singing. The El Records compilation Improvisations for the Human Voice compiles 25 of those early sides and provides a terrific complement to their best recordings, the string of LPs they recorded for Columbia between 1959 and 1962 (which were collected on an excellent two-CD compilation, The Hottest New Group in Jazz). The LHR story begins in early 1945, when Dave Lambert and his friend Buddy Stewart persuaded top bandleader Gene Krupa to record a side with their modernistic vocalizing (the title was "What's This?"). Lambert and Stewart recorded more sides during 1946, and when Stewart died in a car accident, Lambert inaugurated a full vocal group to record his experiments. By 1955, those experiments also included whiz-kid vocalist Jon Hendricks, perhaps the vocal world's best young Charlie Parker acolyte (as well as friend). Two years later, their apartment jam sessions and recordings began to encompass Annie Ross, who had showed her improv chops as early as 1952, when she recorded with the king of vocalese, King Pleasure. Before they landed on Columbia, however, they recorded an LP of Count Basie charts (Sing a Song of Basie) and another Basie-inspired LP (Sing Along with Basie), but with the complete Basie group playing along. At 25 tracks, this disc is expansive enough to include seven Lambert sides from the '40s, four early Ross songs from 1952, a trio of Hendricks/Lambert recordings (including their landmark version of "Four Brothers"), and still find the space for the majority of Sing a Song of Basie, one track with Basie himself, and five rarities from 1958-1959. It's clear that newcomers should head directly to recordings from the Columbia years, but these tracks comprise a wealth of seminal vocal sides by the most inventive minds in the art of vocalese.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/14/2009
  • Label: El Records
  • EAN: 5013929316836
  • Catalog Number: 168
  • Sales rank: 102,484

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 What's This? - Gene Krupa & His Orchestra (2:45)
  2. 2 A Cent and a Half - Red Rodney's Be-Boppers (2:57)
  3. 3 Perdido - Red Rodney's Be-Boppers (3:05)
  4. 4 Charge Account - Red Rodney's Be-Boppers (2:47)
  5. 5 Gussie G - Red Rodney's Be-Boppers (2:53)
  6. 6 Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai) - Dave Lambert & His Singers (2:28)
  7. 7 Jolly Jo - Dave Lambert Choir (2:25)
  8. 8 Twisted - Annie Ross (2:41)
  9. 9 Farmer's Market - Annie Ross (2:46)
  10. 10 Annie's Lament - Annie Ross (3:02)
  11. 11 Jackie - Annie Ross (2:48)
  12. 12 Four Brothers - Dave Lambert & His Singers (3:09)
  13. 13 Cloudburst - Dave Lambert & His Singers (2:41)
  14. 14 Standin' on the Corner (Whistlin' at the Pretty Girls) - Dave Lambert & His Singers (2:29)
  15. 15 Two for the Blues (2:46)
  16. 16 Little Pony (2:32)
  17. 17 One O'Clock Jump (3:04)
  18. 18 Fiesta in Blue (3:19)
  19. 19 Blues Backstage (3:01)
  20. 20 Tickle-Toe (2:42)
  21. 21 Doodlin' (3:35)
  22. 22 The Spirit-Feel (2:57)
  23. 23 Lil' Darlin' (4:09)
  24. 24 Rusty Dusty Blues (3:16)
  25. 25 Popity Pop (9:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross Primary Artist
Jo Stafford Vocals
Count Basie Organ, Piano
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone
Freddie Green Guitar
Al Grey Trombone
Gigi Gryce Musical Direction
Al Haig Piano
Quincy Jones Piano
Thad Jones Trumpet
Gene Krupa Drums
Billy Mitchell Reeds
Joe Newman Trumpet
Anthony Ortega Alto Saxophone
Nat Pierce Piano
Max Roach Drums
Red Rodney Trumpet
Annie Ross Vocals
Marshall Royal Reeds, Alto Saxophone
Charlie Ventura Tenor Saxophone
George Wallington Piano
Joe Williams Vocals
Dave Lambert Vocals
Stan Levey Drums
Percy Heath Bass
Alan Dawson Drums
Art Blakey Drums
Kenny Burrell Guitar
Henry Coker Trombone
Wendell Culley Trumpet
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis Tenor Saxophone
Don Fagerquist Trumpet
Addison Farmer Bass
Frank Foster Reeds, Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes Reeds, Baritone Saxophone
Jon Hendricks Vocals, Human Whistle
Osie Johnson Drums
Clyde Newcombe Bass
Sonny Payne Drums
Benny Powell Trombone
Jerome Reisler Violin
Curly Russell Bass
Tony Russo Trumpet
Clifford Solomon Tenor Saxophone
Buddy Stewart Vocals
Joe Triscari Trumpet
Frank Wess Reeds, Alto Saxophone
Teacho Wiltshire Piano
Snooky Young Trumpet
Leon Cox Trombone
Teddy Napoleon Piano
Julius Ehrenwerth Cello
Ray Biondi Violin
Eddie Jones Bass
Murray Williams Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Tommy Pederson Trombone
Ted Blume Violin
Andy Pino Tenor Saxophone
Bill Culley Trombone
Stuart Olson Baritone Saxophone
Ed Yance Guitar
George Grossman Viola
Francis Antonelli Alto Saxophone
Bill Conrad Trumpet
Victor Pariente Violin
Jacob Shulman Violin
Louis Zito Drums
Diego Ibarra Bongos
Ram Ramirez Organ
Paul Powell Viola
Dave Lambert & His Singers Vocals
Vidal Bolado Conga
Technical Credits
Art Farmer Composer
Jimmy Giuffre Composer
Benny Goodman Composer
Wardell Gray Composer
Milt Jackson Composer
Annie Ross Composer
Horace Silver Composer
Lester Young Composer
Neal Hefti Arranger, Composer
Slim Gaillard Composer
Ervin Drake Composer
Eddie Durham Composer
Frank Foster Composer
Milt Gabler Producer
Hampton Hawes Composer
Jon Hendricks Composer
Jack Lewis Producer
Hot Lips Page Composer
Buddy Stewart Composer
Creed Taylor Producer
Juan Tizol Composer
Ralph Freed Composer
Jimmy Munday Composer
Johnny Noble Composer
Prince Leleiohaku Composer
Christopher Evans Liner Notes
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