Roberta Gambarini
The Hottest New Group in Jazz [Compilation]
Letter from Home
Hank Jones

Vocal » Vocalese

Vocalese is the art of writing lyrics to fit recorded instrumental solos, many of which end up being tongue twisters. Eddie Jefferson was the first important vocalese lyricist in the late '40s -- although a 1929 record (released for the first time in 1996) finds Bee Palmer singing words set to Bix Beiderbecke's solo on "Singing the Blues," Jefferson's words to Gene Ammons' "Red Top," and Charlie Parker's "Parker's Mood." Vocalese reached its highest peak with Lambert, Hendricks & Ross in 1957-62 (a group featuring the genius of vocalese Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, and Dave Lambert). In later years, Hendricks led the Hendricks Family (which revived many of the Lambert, Hendricks & Ross classics), and Manhattan Transfer sometimes used vocalese. Although it has rarely advanced beyond bop (other than Jefferson's successful transformations of "Freedom Jazz Dance" and "Bitches Brew"), vocalese is still used as an option by today's jazz singers.

Vocalese Artists Highlights

Roberta Gambarini
Roberta Gambarini
Hank Jones
Hank Jones
Kurt Elling
Kurt Elling

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Vocalese Album Highlights

The Hottest New Group in Jazz [Compilation]
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
The Hottest New Group in ...
Letter from Home
Eddie Jefferson
Letter from Home
Sing a Song of Basie
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
Sing a Song of Basie
You Are There
Roberta Gambarini / Hank ...
You Are There
Annie Ross Sings a Song with Mulligan!
Gerry Mulligan Quartet / ...
Annie Ross Sings a Song ...
Improvisations for the Human Voice
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
Improvisations for the ...

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Vocalese Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Gimme That Wine Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
Take the "A" Train Eddie Jefferson
Little Pony Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
You Are There
Roberta Gambarini / Hank Jones
I Feel Pretty Annie Ross
Twisted Annie Ross
Caravan Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
Come on Home Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
Airegin
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
Mack the Knife Ella Fitzgerald

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