Lambert, Hendricks & Ross

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz
Tags: jazz vocalese vocal jazz jazz vocal vocal groups Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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In the late 50s a group of singers began informal ‘vocalese’ jam sessions at the New York apartment of Dave Lambert (19 June 1917, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, d. 3 October 1966, Westport, Connecticut, USA). At these sessions singers would improvise vocal lines in much the same manner as jazz instrumentalists. Ten years previously, Lambert had worked as arranger and singer in Gene Krupa’s band, recording ‘What’s This?’, an early example of a bop vocal. In 1955, Lambert teamed up with Jon Hendricks (b. 16 September 1921, Newark, Ohio, USA) to record a vocalized version of ‘Four Brothers’. In 1958, Lambert and Hendricks added to their duo the highly distinctive singer Annie Ross (b. Annabelle Short Lynch, 25 July 1930, Mitcham, Surrey, England) to record the album Sing A Song Of Basie.

The concept of the Lambert, Hendricks And Ross recordings was simple, although highly complex in execution. The singers...

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