Vocal Ease

Vocal Ease

by Eddie Jefferson
     
 

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Vocal Ease is a compilation culled from three of Eddie Jefferson's '70s titles: Things Are Getting Better, Still on the Planet, and The Live-Liest. It features the late vocalese master toward the end of his career, sounding fantastic and making bold repertoire choices. The biggest surprise by far is Miles…  See more details below

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Vocal Ease is a compilation culled from three of Eddie Jefferson's '70s titles: Things Are Getting Better, Still on the Planet, and The Live-Liest. It features the late vocalese master toward the end of his career, sounding fantastic and making bold repertoire choices. The biggest surprise by far is Miles Davis's "Bitches Brew." To hear Davis's heady abstractions put to words is quite remarkable, even if the track pales in comparison to the original. Jefferson also tackles Sly Stone's "Thank You (Fallettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)," using it as an opportunity to say "thank you" to a pantheon of jazz greats. He delves deep into Adderley-style '70s soul-jazz with "Zap! Carnivorous," "Things Are Getting Better," and "I Got the Blues," a Fat Albert-like riff based on Lester Young's "Lester Leaps In." On the more straight-ahead front, there's Davis's "So What" (played quite fast), Dizzy Gillespie's "Night in Tunisia," and Charlie Parker's "Ornithology" and "Billie's Bounce." Jefferson sounds great, filtering bebop through a hip '70s lens and making clear his influence on younger singers like Miles Griffith and George V. Johnson, Jr. Instrumental highlights are provided by great players such as Richie Cole on alto sax, Mickey Tucker on keyboards, and Eddie Gladden on drums.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/2003
Label:
Savoy Jazz
UPC:
0795041727725
catalogNumber:
17277

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eddie Jefferson   Primary Artist,Vocals
Richie Cole   Alto Saxophone
Sam Jones   Bass
Eric Kloss   Alto Saxophone
Rick Laird   Bass
Billy Mitchell   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Mickey Tucker   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Saw
Conrad Buckman   Vocals
Eddie Gladden   Drums
Waymon Reed   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Mildred Weston   Vocals
Harold White   Percussion
Betsy Fesmire   Vocals

Technical Credits

Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Eddie Harris   Composer
Eddie Jefferson   Composer
Janis Siegel   Liner Notes
Malcolm Addey   Engineer
Paul Goodman   Engineer
Benny Harris   Composer
Eddie Korvin   Engineer
Frank Paparelli   Composer
Charlie Parker   Composer
Bobby Jackson   Liner Notes
Nancy Dwyer   Graphic Design,Illustrations
Page Simon   Graphic Design

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