Lambert, Hendricks & Ross Improvisations for the Human Voice
- Released: June 12, 2012
Record Collector (magazine) - p.864 stars out of 5 -- "[A] fascinating 24-track collection that charts the evolution of the LHR sound..."
- 1.What's This?
- 2.A Cent and a Half
- 4.Charge Account
- 5.Gussie G
- 6.Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai)
- 7.Jolly Jo
- 9.Farmer's Market
- 10.Annie's Lament
- 12.Four Brothers
- 14.Standin' on the Corner (Whistlin' at the Pretty Girls)
- 15.Two for the Blues
- 16.Little Pony
- 17.One O'Clock Jump
- 18.Fiesta in Blue
- 19.Blues Backstage
- 22.The Spirit-Feel
- 23.Lil' Darlin'
- 24.Rusty Dusty Blues
- 25.Popity Pop
Personnel: Jon Hendricks (vocals, whistling); Dave Lambert, Dave Lambert & His Singers, Jo Stafford, Joe Williams , Annie Ross, Buddy Stewart (vocals); Freddie Green, Ed Yance, Kenny Burrell (guitar); Jerome Reisler, Jacob Shulman, Victor Pariente, Ted Blume, Ray Biondi (violin); George Grossman, Paul Powell (viola); Julius Ehrenwerth (cello); Murray Williams (clarinet, alto saxophone); Frank Wess, Marshall Royal (reeds, alto saxophone); Frank Foster (reeds, tenor saxophone); Charlie Fowlkes (reeds, baritone saxophone); Billy Mitchell (reeds); Francis Antonelli, Anthony Ortega (alto saxophone); Clifford Solomon, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis , Andy Pino, Charlie Ventura (tenor saxophone); Stuart Olson (baritone saxophone); Tony Russo, Don Fagerquist, Joe Triscari, Bill Conrad, Joe Newman , Red Rodney, Snooky Young, Thad Jones, Wendell Culley (trumpet); Henry Coker, Bill Culley, Leon Cox, Jimmy Cleveland, Al Grey, Benny Powell, Tommy Pederson (trombone); Count Basie (piano, organ); George Wallington, Teacho Wiltshire, Al Haig, Nat Pierce, Quincy Jones, Teddy Napoleon (piano); Ram Ramirez (organ); Gene Krupa, Louis Zito, Alan Dawson , Max Roach, Osie Johnson, Art Blakey, Sonny Payne, Stan Levey (drums); Vidal Bolado (congas); Diego Ibarra (bongos).
Liner Note Author: Christopher Evans.
Recording information: 01/22/1945-??/??/1957.
Arranger: Neal Hefti.
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. ~ John Bush
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