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The Bebop Shop : Body & Soul: Billie, Ella & The Great Jazz Voices : Vocalese: King Pleasure, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross

Lambert, Hendricks & Ross: Sing A Song Of & Along With Basie (CD: Jasmine)Lambert, Hendricks & Ross: Sing A Song Of & Along With Basie (CD: Jasmine)
It is fair to say that Lambert, Hendricks and Ross set standards in style and musical ability. The trio's contribution to jazz vocal cannot be underestimated and their vocal gymnastics dramatically changed the sound of other vocal groups. They were voted best vocal group in downbeats readers poll 5 years in a row.

Two complete albums on one! The first features a rhythm section based on Count Basie's "New Testament" band with the vocalese practitioners Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross executing the tricky lead and section work. Annie Ross is astonishing as she hits impossibly high trumpet parts with aplomb. Then on the second you have the thrilling, ultra swinging sound of the full Count Basie Orchestra plus appearances from Joe Williams. In fact there's enough words and music here to make it seem like some sort of crazy jazz opera. Also including bonus live tracks "Doodlin" and "Everyday I Have The Blues" recorded with Count Basie. (Jasmine Records) 


Price:  £11.99 


Lambert, Hendricks & Ross: Hopelessly Hip! (CD: Jasmine, 2 CDs)
Due to the continuing success of our first outing with Lambert, Hendricks & Ross on JASCD480 and indeed our Annie Ross CD - JASCD 481 we simply had to revisit this inimitable three piece for more superb vocalese gymnastics.

The four albums on show here follow chronologically from where we last left off and we think that the 'Sing Ellington' album was a must after JASCD480's 'Sing along With Basie'.

For fans of jazz, and especially vocalese jazz scatting, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross are a must listen! In fact fans of Al Jarreau or Bobby McFerrin will no doubt also love this. (Jasmine Records) 


Price:  £12.99 

Lambert, Hendricks & Ross: Hopelessly Hip! (CD: Jasmine, 2 CDs)


Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan: At Newport '63/ Havin' A Ball At The Village Gate (CD: Take Two)Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan: At Newport '63/ Havin' A Ball At The Village Gate (CD: Take Two)
A blistering pace onstage, numbers that were so new that Jon Hendricks had written out the more complex lyrics on cards propped against a music stand, short rehearsal time following a 400-mile jump from a gig that hadn’t ended until 5am and the unenviable task of following a tremendous performance by Joe Williams – none of these things bothered Lambert, Hendricks and Bavan at the Newport Jazz Festival of 1963 as they kept an enthusiastic audience up to a feverish level with one of the most exciting sets they had ever turned in.

Part of the trick, of course, was a heavy emphasis on up-tempo tunes which gave full rein to their swinging rhythm section and their powerhouse guest artists: Coleman Hawkins on tenor sax and Clark Terry on trumpet. Another element, as always, was their breezy showmanship, enhanced no end by Dave Lambert’s whaling master’s beard and bouncy personality; Jon Hendricks’ irrepressible cheeriness and bubbling exuberance; and Yolande Bavan’s exotic beauty and electric magnetism. Their buoyant joy reaches out to listeners, for L, H & B simply explode with good spirits and an obvious love for what they do.

What can you have but fun with three such delightful talents? Their tongue-twisting, musically fantastic vocal interpretations of instrumental jazz classics were a trademark which was responsible for their domination of popularity polls in publications all over the world, from Playboy to Down Beat. But they were not just a virtuoso group with a unique repertoire; they were also first-class entertainers whose comedy songs and occasional quiet moments enabled them to give a well-balanced programme every time out.

As well as L, H & B’s Newport set this CD also includes their follow-up LP recorded live in December 1963 at the Village Gate club in Greenwich Village, New York, where they were joined by guest musicians Thad Jones on cornet & flugelhorn and Booker Ervin on tenor sax. (Hot Records) 


Price:  £15.99 


Eddie Jefferson: Body and Soul (CD: Prestige- US Import)
 


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Eddie Jefferson: Body and Soul (CD: Prestige- US Import)


Eddie Jefferson: Come Along With Me (CD: Prestige- US Import)Eddie Jefferson: Come Along With Me (CD: Prestige- US Import)
 


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Annie Ross: Twisted (CD: Jasmine)
Annie Ross was not just known for singing with Lambert, Hendricks & Ross but a talented artist in her own right who has recorded more than a dozen albums. Featuring some of Annie's earlier material "The Time Was Right," "Annie's Blues" and the title track "Twisted" which features her reprise of Wardell Gray's solo which has become a vocalese landmark. (Jasmine Records) 


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Annie Ross: Twisted (CD: Jasmine)


Annie Ross: Sings A Song With Mulligan (CD: Phoenix Jazz)Annie Ross: Sings A Song With Mulligan (CD: Phoenix Jazz)
All of the music from the 1957-58 sessions that reunited Annie Ross and Gerry Mulligan, including some tunes that were issued separately or on compilations and not on the original album. This album was one of Annie Ross’ most acclaimed - and also included Chet Baker and Art Farmer. As a bonus, the complete 10-inch Annie Ross album “Annie by Candlelight” (1956) and a version of “Skylark” previously issued as a single. (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £11.99 


Annie Ross: Sings A Handful Of Songs (CD: Acrobat)
The original 1963 Ember album plus live in Tel Aviv with Tony Crombie and his orchestra. 


Price:  £10.99 

Annie Ross: Sings A Handful Of Songs (CD: Acrobat)


Annie Ross: Four Classic Albums Plus (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)Annie Ross: Four Classic Albums Plus (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz here presents four classic Annie Ross albums plus, including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD: "Annie by Candlelight", "Gypsy", "A Gasser" and " Sings a Song with Mulligan" plus selections from "Singin’ ‘N Swingin’ and "Nocturne for Vocalist".

(From the liner notes from "Gypsy")……….."Annie Ross has the unusual distinction of having all her work to date highly rated by critics and laymen alike. A brilliant future seems assured". Born in Surrey in 1930 Annie led a wild early life due to her Scottish parents’ life as travelling vaudevillians. Becoming a member of the family act at age two she was off to America a year later and by five had been signed to a contract with MGM! Having completed only two films in the decade she was there, (one with Judy Garland), Annie returned to the UK and then on to Paris where she appeared in cabaret singing in both English and French. Tours of Spain and North Africa followed with Coleman Hawkins and also a spell acting for Orson Welles back in Paris. That would seem to be enough activity for one life, but Annie had not even seriously begun her solo career or hooked up with her famous partners in the legendary trio Lambert, Hendricks and Ross! Our four featured albums present Annie solo with such legendary musicians as Zoot Sims, Russ Freeman, Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker from the West Coast cool jazz school and from the UK, The Tony Crombie 4-tet as heard on "Annie By Candlelight" and with the likes of Pete and Conte Candoli, Stan Getz and Jim Hall on their jazz take on the Broadway show "Gypsy"

All four albums plus have been digitally re-mastered for probably the finest sound quality ever! (AVID Entertainment) 


Price:  £8.99 


Annie Ross: You And Me Baby- An Evening With Annie Ross (CD: Vocalion)
 


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Annie Ross: You And Me Baby- An Evening With Annie Ross (CD: Vocalion)


King Pleasure: Moody's Mood For Love (CD: Blue Note- US Import)King Pleasure: Moody's Mood For Love (CD: Blue Note- US Import)
The 1962 United Artists album with "Old Black Magic (Diaper Pin)," "Mean To Me," "Sometimes I’m Happy" and a reworking of "I’m In The (Moody’s) Mood For Love." All 10 selections have been remixed for far better sound. Added to the original LP are eight mid-‘50s recordings he made for Aladdin and Jubilee.

Personnel includes: King Pleasure, Jon Hendricks (vocals), Seldon Powell, Plas Johnson (tenor saxophones). (Blue Note Records)

 


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King Pleasure Sings, Annie Ross Sings (CD: Prestige- US Import)
These are the seminal sessions in vocalese which spawned a whole host of singers--including Manhattan Transfer--working in this style today. Taking Eddie Jefferson's lead, King Pleasure developed his own style and material in the idiom. Noteworthy is the participation of Jon Hendricks as singer and co-lyricist on "Don't Get Scared," Pleasure's version of a Swedish recording by Stan Getz.

Following in the wake of Jefferson and Pleasure was Annie Ross, later to team up with Hendricks and Dave Lambert. She does for Wardell Gray what Jefferson and Pleasure had done for James Moody and Lester Young. This includes the original recording of "Twisted" as well as Pleasure evergreens "Parker's Mood" and "Red Top."

With the addition of "I'm in the Mood for Love" (formerly titled "Moody's Mood for Love," Pleasure's biggest hit) and three other bonus tracks, this Compact Disc now contains virtually everything King Pleasure recorded for Prestige. (Fantasy, Inc.)

A BEBOP SHOP MILESTONE- An essential recording for your jazz CD shelf 


Price:  £15.49 

King Pleasure Sings, Annie Ross Sings (CD: Prestige- US Import)


Jon Hendricks: A Good Git Together (CD: Jasmine)Jon Hendricks: A Good Git Together (CD: Jasmine)
Jon Hendricks is perhaps best known as being one third of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, one of the most influential jazz vocal groups of all time. Contains the classic album 'A Good Git Together' and excerpts from 'Evolution of The Blues Song'. Guest stars include, Jimmy Witherspoon, Ben Webster, Cannonball Adderley and Wes Montgomery. (Jasmine Records) 


Price:  £11.99 


Jon Hendricks: Boppin' At The Blue Note (CD: Telarc Jazz)
 


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Jon Hendricks: Boppin' At The Blue Note (CD: Telarc Jazz)


Babs Gonzales: Real Crazy (CD: Proper)Babs Gonzales: Real Crazy (CD: Proper)
Babs Gonzales was a singer who did what he could to popularize bop. He had stints with Charlie Barnet and Lionel Hampton's big bands, and then led his own group (Three Bips & a Bop) during 1946-1949. They recorded during 1947-1949, including the earliest version of "Oop-Pop-A-Da" and such songs as "Weird Lullaby," "Real Crazy," "Professor Bop," and "Prelude to a Nightmare"; among his sidemen on these dates were Tadd Dameron, Tony Scott, Roy Haynes, James Moody, J.J. Johnson, Julius Watkins, Sonny Rollins (making his recording debut), Art Pepper, Wynton Kelly, and even Don Redman. Gonzales later became more of a cult figure but this Proper Introduction gives you a real flavour of his Pop Bop. (proper Records) 


Price:  £6.99 

The Bebop Shop : Body & Soul: Billie, Ella & The Great Jazz Voices : Vocalese: King Pleasure, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
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