The Hi-Lo's Suddenly It's The Hi-Lo's / Harmony In Jazz
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- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Collectables Records
Description by OLDIES.com:
The Hi-Lo's were one of the most adventuresome vocal groups in history to tackle Jazz, Pop and Classical with an equal quality. Here are two classic Columbia LPs from the mid-'50s available for the first time anywhere on compact disc.
- 1.Sing Low Sweet Chariot
- 2.Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries
- 3.Deep Purple
- 4.My Sugar Is So Refined
- 5.Brahms' Lullaby
- 6.Desert Song
- 7.Stormy Weather
- 8.I Married An Angel
- 10.Down The Old Ox Road
- 11.Love Walked In
- 12.Basin Street Blues
- 13.Fascinatin' Rhythm
- 14.Small Fry
- 15.Love Locked Out
- 16.Lady In Red
- 17.Some Minor Changes
- 18.Then I'll Be Tired Of You
- 19.Moon-Faced, Starry-Eyed
- 20.Of Thee I Sing
- 21.Goody Goody
- 22.Indiana (Back Home Again In Indiana)
- 23.Dancing On The Ceiling (He Dances On My Ceiling)
2 LPs on 1 CD: SUDDENLY IT'S THE HI-LO'S (1957)/HARMONY IN JAZZ.
Includes liner notes by Mark Marymont.
Thanks to exposure via television's "Nat King Cole Show," the Hi-Lo's 1957 Columbia debut, SUDDENLY IT'S THE HI-LO'S, proved to be the group's commercial breakthrough, a somewhat surprising distinction given that it's also their most eclectic and challenging effort to date. Reuniting with conductor Frank Comstock, the Hi-Lo's continue to challenge the formal limitations of the group harmony aesthetic--their vocals go up, down, and side-to-side, yet Gene Puerling's arrangements are unerring, walking the tightrope between chaos and control with absolute assurance. However, for all its flights of fancy SUDDENLY IT'S THE HI-LO'S remains a human and heartfelt affair, never substituting acrobatics for emotion. Renditions of perennials like "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries," "Stormy Weather," and "Love Walked In" are both innovative and immediately accessible.
HARMONY IN JAZZ surveys material from across the Hi-Lo's five-year tenure with Columbia, the creative zenith of their distinguished career--moreover, two-thirds of the tracks pair the group with arranger Marty Paich, whose jazz credentials and sensibilities perfectly complemented the quartet's own ambitions. While the Hi-Lo's always resisted attempts to pigeonhole their music, it's clear that their preference for syncopation and penchant for swing brought them closer to jazz than any other idiom, and Paich enhances the formula, recruiting a series of top-flight West Coast session players to lend the performances additional energy. The Hi-Lo's responded with the most soulful and sophisticated performances of their career, reinventing chestnuts like "Fascinatin' Rhythm" and "Dancing on the Ceiling" from the inside out.
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