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|Instruments||Music and Musicians|
|Accompanist/ Conductor||Howard McGee on trumpet, James Moody tenor saxophonist, Tommy Tucker pianist|
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- Eddie Jefferson – The Jazz SingerReview by Big Toots
For those who dare to be square or are new to it, “vocalese” is a unique blending of originally-composed lyric content applied over the music of previously improvised (and very well-known) solos. The antithesis of Rap, it is creativity 3.0 – original hip verbiage overlaid onto the solo line and usually including content saluting said solo jazz great. With The Jazz Singer, Jefferson “sings” the classic melodies and “vocaleses” solos of Bird, Coleman Hawkins, Horace Silver, and others. There’s even a karmic hat-tip to vocal great, King Pleasure as Jefferson nails the King’s take on James Moody’s original “I’m in the Mood for Love” solo with Moody also appearing on the album.
Jefferson’s repertoire here is familiar, drawn directly out of the standard jazz canon. (Miles Davis’s “So What,” Horace Silver’s “Sister Sadie,” Yard’s “Now’s the Time,” et al) Brilliantly, Eddie navigates his witty verbal creations and infectious inflections over the iconic classic solo content. That’s genius in action.
The accompanying musicians, including frontliners trumpeter Howard McGhee and the aforementioned Moody, rise to the fiercely-swinging occasion and frame Jefferson’s vocals superbly. The rhythm section pours gas on Jefferson’s fire throughout the session.
Eddie Jefferson – the Jazz Singer is about as hip and enjoyable as it gets. So, grab your beret and shades, tilt head on 1 and 3, finger-snap on 2 and 4, and thoroughly enjoy this classic trip from a legendary artist gone way too soon.
(Posted on 4/29/2015)
- Eddie Jefferson: The Jazz SingerReview by Simon Sez
The Jazz Singer is one of Eddie Jefferson’s best recordings. This is one of those records where every song is special. If I were to name the highlights, it would have to include every tune but, just to name a few, try “Body And Soul,” “So What” and “I’ve Got The Blues.” James Moody and Howard McGhee help out on some songs but Jefferson and his lyrics are the main stars.
Simon Sez: Eddie Jefferson, the King Of Vocalese, is at his best throughout The Jazz Singer (IC1016) which has more highlights than I can name.
(Posted on 5/6/2014)
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