Jazz Singer

Jazz Singer

by Eddie Jefferson
     
 

Eddie Jefferson, one of the great jazz singers and an important pioneer of vocalese, is heard in peak form on this Evidence CD which reissues an Inner City LP and adds six previously unissued selections to the program. The bulk of the music is from 1959-1961, with Jefferson backed by several horns including trumpeter Howard McGhee andSee more details below

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Eddie Jefferson, one of the great jazz singers and an important pioneer of vocalese, is heard in peak form on this Evidence CD which reissues an Inner City LP and adds six previously unissued selections to the program. The bulk of the music is from 1959-1961, with Jefferson backed by several horns including trumpeter Howard McGhee and tenor saxophonist James Moody, and sometimes three other vocalists. There are many highlights including Jefferson's original classic versions of "Body and Soul" (a tribute to Coleman Hawkins, the "king of the saxophone") and "So What" (dedicated to Miles Davis), a remake of "Moody's Mood for Love" and vocalese adaptations of a few Lester Young and Charlie Parker solos. Most of the unissued tracks are from these sessions, but there is also "Silly Little Cynthia" from 1964 (a duet with pianist Tommy Tucker) and a meeting with guitarist Louisiana Red on 1965's "Red's New Dream." When one considers that Jefferson otherwise did not record during 1963-1967, it makes those two numbers not only enjoyable but historic. This CD is highly recommended for all jazz collections.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/1993
Label:
Evidence
UPC:
0730182206227
catalogNumber:
22062
Rank:
55145

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eddie Jefferson   Primary Artist,Vocals
Johnny Coles   Trumpet
Babs Gonzales   Background Vocals
James Moody   Tenor Saxophone
Matthew Gee   Trombone
Honi Gordon   Background Vocals
Howard McGhee   Trumpet
Louisiana Red   Guitar
John "Johnny" Adriano Acea   Piano
Frank Galbreath   Trumpet
Honey Gordon   Background Vocals
Bill Graham   Baritone Saxophone
Ned Gravely   Background Vocals
Clarence Johnson   Drums
Osie Johnson   Drums
Musa Kaleem   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Gene Kee   Piano
John Latham   Bass
John McFarland   Trumpet
Tom McIntosh   Trombone
Peck Morrison   Bass
Sahib Shihab   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Leonard Feather   Liner Notes
James Moody   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Herb Abramson   Producer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Jerry Gordon   Producer,Reissue Producer

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