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Podcast 006: Raise Your Voice - July 24, 2005

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Podcast 006: Raise Your Voice - July 24, 2005

Jazz vocalise:  you may not be familiar with the term, but you've heard it for years.  We'll talk about vocal jazz and the various forms it takes:  vocalise, scat, and variants.  And no, there won't be a test after.

Opening the show:
 Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra, "Marie," recorded January 29, 1937.  Bunny Berigan, trumpet, Jack Leonard, vocal.

Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, "One O'Clock Jump," 1957, from Sing A Song Of Basie.  Lots of great stuff on this record.

Count Basie and His Orchestra, "One O'Clock Jump," 1937 .  Finding the original recording of this is a royal pain, because they re-recorded it seemingly every other year.  Ellington was like that with "Take the 'A' Train," as well.

Basie, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, a mash-up of "One O'Clock Jump," 2005 .  Just wanted to do this to prove how faithful LH&R were to the original Basie band's brass and sax arrangements.  I had to slow the Basie recording down by 4.6%, but the pitch and key were exactly accurate!

Bob Dorough, "Yardbird Suite," 1956.  Yes, that's record noise you hear.  The CD was pressed from a copy of the 1956 Bethlehem Records LP, now long out of print.

Slim Gaillard, "Yip Roc Heresy," August, 1951 -- Gaillard sings and talks in his invented language, "voutie."  ("vout" rhymes with "snout")

Among other things, Gaillard wrote a song about potato chips, one about a cement mixer, and in 1948 wrote "Down By The Station (Early In The Morning)" with the late Lee Ricks.  Bet you didn't know that (you probably thought it was some old folk song)!  He also wrote "Flat Foot Floogie," and his daughter married Marvin Gaye.

Ella Fitzgerald, "Blue Skies," 1955.  Can't find the LP this is from.

Bobby McFerrin & Manhattan Transfer, "Another Night In Tunisia," 1988.  If you only thought Bobby McFerrin did "Don't Worry, Be Happy," you've missed 98% of what he's achieved in vocal jazz.

Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, "Avenue C," 1957.  There isn't nearly enough of their stuff on records, but there's a lot.

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07/26/2005 05:27:07 PM

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