The Jazz Singer

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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: 730182206227
  • Catalog Number: 22062
  • Sales rank: 91,231

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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