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Jazz: Vocalese

01/08/10 10:00PM By George Thomas

Vocalese is a style of setting new lyrics to an existing jazz performance, often using a recorded instrumental solo as a starting place. We hear some of the masters of the genre including, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, Joe Carroll, Eddie Jefferson, Kurt Elling and more.

Playlist

10:00pm

In A Mist
Artist Name: Bix Beiderbecke
Composer: Bix Beiderbecke
Soloists: Bix Beiderbecke-Piano
CD/Album: Volume 1: Singin' The Blues
Record co./Cat #: Columbia 45450
Release Year: 1927
 

10:04pm

In A Mist
Artist Name: Andy Bey
Composer: Bix Beiderbecke
Soloists: Andy Bey-Piano & Vocals ; Earl Gardner-Trumpet ; Marty Ehrich-Clarinet, Bass Clarinet ; Steve Turre-Trombone ; Peter Washington-Bass ; Victor Lewis-Drums
CD/Album: Tuesdays In Chinatown
Record co./Cat #: N-Coded Music 4223-2
Release Year: 2001
 

10:11pm

Twisted
Artist Name: Wardell Gray Quartet
Composer: Wardell Gray
Soloists: Wardell Gray-Tenor Sax ; Al Haig-Piano ; Tommy Potter-Bass ; Roy Haynes-Drums
CD/Album: BeBop Spoken Here
Record co./Cat #: Proper Box 10
Release Year: 1949
 

10:14pm

Twisted
Artist Name: Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
Composer: A. Ross-W. Gray
Soloists: Annie Ross-Vocals
CD/Album: The Hottest New Group In Jazz
Record co./Cat #: Columbia/Legacy 64933-2
Release Year: 1959
 

10:16pm

Parker's Mood
Artist Name: King Pleasure
Composer: Parker-Beeks
Soloists: King Pleasure-Vocals ; John Lewis-Piano
CD/Album: The Bebop Singers
Record co./Cat #: Prestige 24216-2
Release Year: 1953
 

10:19pm

Dr. Watson And Mr. Holmes
Artist Name: The Spirits Of Rhythm
Composer: J. Mercer-B. Hanighen
Soloists: Leo Watson-Vocals
CD/Album: 52nd Street Swing
Record co./Cat #: GRP/Decca 646
Release Year: 1934
 

10:25pm

Ornithology
Artist Name: Eddie Jefferson
Composer: C. Parker, B. Harris, E. Jefferson
Soloists: Eddie Jefferson-Vocals ; Richie Cole-Alto Sax ; Wayman Reed-Trumpet
CD/Album: Godfather Of Vocalese
Record co./Cat #: Muse 6013-2
Release Year: 1976
 

10:33pm

Ornithology
Artist Name: Charlie Parker Septet
Composer: C. Parker-B. Harris
Soloists: Charlie Parker-Alto Sax ; Miles Davis-Trumpet ; Lucky Thompson-Tenor Sax ; Dodo Marmarosa-Piano
CD/Album: The Genius Of
Record co./Cat #: Savoy Jazz 17492
Release Year: 1946
 

10:36pm

Goin' To Chicago
Artist Name: Kurt Elling
Soloists: Kurt Elling-Vocals ; Jon Hendricks-Vocals
CD/Album: Live In Chicago
Record co./Cat #: Blue Note Records 22211 2
Release Year: 1999
 

10:43pm

Professor Bop
Artist Name: Babs Gonzales And His Orchestra
Composer: Gonzales
Soloists: Babs Gonzales-Vocals ; Julius Watkins-French Horn ; Sonny Rollins-Tenor Sax ; JJ Johnson-Trombone
CD/Album: BeBop Spoken Here
Record co./Cat #: Proper Box 10
Release Year: 1949
 

10:46pm

In The Land Of Oo-Bla-Dee
Artist Name: Dizzy Gillespie And His Orchestra
Composer: Milt Orent-Mary Lou Williams
Soloists: Joe Carroll-Vocals ; Dizzy Gillespie-Trumpet
CD/Album: The Complete RCA Victor Recordings
Record co./Cat #: Bluebird 66528-2
Release Year: 1949
 

10:49pm

Everyday
Artist Name: Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
Composer: Chatman
Soloists: Dave Lambert-Vocals ; Jon Hendricks-Vocals ; Annie Ross-Vocals ; Nat Pierce-Piano
CD/Album: Sing A Song Of Basie
Record co./Cat #: Impulse! 112-2
Release Year: 1957
 

10:54pm

I'm In The Mood For Love
Artist Name: King Pleasure & Blossom Dearie
Composer: McHugh-Fields
Soloists: King Pleasure-Vocals ; Blossom Dearie-Vocals
CD/Album: The Bebop Singers
Record co./Cat #: Prestige 24216-2
Release Year: 1952
 

10:57pm

Main Stem
Artist Name: Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
Composer: D. Ellington
CD/Album: The Hottest New Group In Jazz
Record co./Cat #: Columbia/Legacy 64933-2
Release Year: 1960
 

11:02pm

Song For Sathima
Artist Name: Abdullah Ibrahim
Composer: Abdullah Ibrahim
Soloists: Abdullah Ibrahim-Piano ; WDR Big Band Cologne
CD/Album: Bombella
Record co./Cat #: Sunnyside 1251
Release Year: 2010
Note: New
 

11:09pm

Come On In My Kitchen
Artist Name: Cassandra Wilson
Composer: Robert Johnson
Soloists: Cassandra Wilson-Vocals
CD/Album: Blue Light 'Til Dawn
Record co./Cat #: Blue Note Records 81357 2
Release Year: 1993
 

11:14pm

South Street
Artist Name: Erica Lindsay & Sumi Tonooka
Composer: Sumi Tonooka
Soloists: Sumi Tonooka-Piano ; Erica Lindsay-Tenor Sax ; Rufus Reid-Bass ; Bob Braye-Drums
CD/Album: Initiation
Record co./Cat #: ARC 2000
Release Year: 2009
Note: New
 

11:23pm

Stuttering
Artist Name: Fred Hersch Pocket Orchestra
Composer: Fred Hersch
Soloists: Fred Hersch-Piano ; Ralph Alessi-Trumpet ; Jo Lawry-Vocals
CD/Album: Live At Jazz Standard
Record co./Cat #: Sunnyside 1222
Release Year: 2009
Note: New
 

11:30pm

Street Of Dreams
Artist Name: James Carter, John Medeski, Christian McBride, Adam Rogers, Joey Baron
Composer: Victor Young, Sam Lewis
Soloists: James Carter-Tenor Sax ; John Medeski-Hammond B3 organ ; Christian McBride-Bass ; Adam Rogers-Guitars ; Joey Baron-Drums
CD/Album: Heaven On Earth
Record co./Cat #: HalfNote 4542
Release Year: 2009
Note: New
 

11:41pm

Congo
Artist Name: David Murray and The Gwo Ka Masters featuring Taj Mahal
Composer: Rene Perrin-D. Murray
Soloists: David Murray-Tenor Sax
CD/Album: The Devil Tried To Kill Me
Record co./Cat #: Justin Time 224-2
Release Year: 2009
Note: New
 

11:49pm

The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
Artist Name: Steve Kuhn Trio w/ Joe Lovano
Composer: Buddy Bernier & Jerome Brainin
Soloists: Joe Lovano-Tenor Sax ; Steve Kuhn-Piano
CD/Album: Mostly Coltrane
Record co./Cat #: ECM 2099
Release Year: 2009
Note: New
 

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