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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,
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
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.
here for the MP3 file (24
megabytes, 40:04 duration).
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