Improvisations for the Human Voice

Improvisations for the Human Voice


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Improvisations for the Human Voice

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/14/2009
Label: El Records
UPC: 5013929316836
catalogNumber: 168

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lambert, Hendricks & Ross   Primary Artist
Jo Stafford   Vocals
Count Basie   Organ,Piano
Jimmy Cleveland   Trombone
Freddie Green   Guitar
Grey   Trombone
Gigi Gryce   Musical Direction
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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