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Lambert, Hendricks and Ross

Hailed as "the James Joyces of Jive", the celebrated vocal trio of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross set lyrics to jazz standards and improvised solos alike. Geoffrey Smith salutes their sparkling wit and virtuosity, and explores the history of "vocalese".

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Sun 17 Feb 2013 00:00

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  • The Spirits of Rhythm

    It's a Long, Long Way to Tipperary

    Composer: Judge, WIlliams Performers: Ella Logan, Leo Watson, v; Wilbur Daniels, Douglas Daniels , tiple; Teddy Bunn, g; Virgil Scoggins, d. April 1941

    • The Spirits of Rhythm: Classics 1933 - 1945.
    • Classics.
    • Classics1028 (1); Tr.16.
  • Gene Krupa

    What's This?

    Composer: Lambert (arr. Johnson) Performers: Dave Lambert, Buddy Stewart, v; Don Fagerquist, Bill Conrad, Joe Triscari, Tony Russo, tp; Leon Cox, Tommy Pederson, Bill Culley, tb; Murray Williams, cl, as; Francis Antonelli, as; Charlie Ventura, Andy Pino, ts; Stuart Olson, bs; Jacob Shulman, Victor Pariante, Ray Biondi, Ted Blume, Jerome Reisler, vn; Paul Powell, George Grossman, vl; Julius Ehrenworth, vc; Teddy Napoleon, p; Ed Yance, g; Clyde Newcomb, b; Gene Krupa, Louis Zito, d. January 1945

    • The Gene Krupa Story.
    • Proper.
    • Proper Box 1; D.3, Tr. 6.
  • King Pleasure

    I'm in the Mood for Love

    Composer: McHugh, Fields Performers: King Pleasure, Blossom Dearie, v; Merrill Strempter, t; Lem Davis, as; Ray Abrams, ts; Cecil Payne, bs; Teacho Wiltshire, p; Leonard Gaskin, b; Teddy Lee, d.February 1952

    • King Pleasure Sings.
    • Prestige.
    • OJC202172 (1); Tr. 9.
  • Annie Ross

    Twisted

    Composer: Ross, Gray Performers: Annie Ross, v; Teacho Wiltshire, p; Ram Ramierez, org; Percy Heath, b; Art Blakey, d. October 1952

    • Annie Ross Sings.
    • Prestige.
    • OJC 202172 (1); Tr.13.
  • Jon Hendricks

    Cloudburst

    Composer: Hendricks Performers: Jon Hendricks, Dave Lambert, v; four unknown others (1 male, 3 female); unknown (piano, guitar, bass, drums).

    • Sing a Song of Basie.
    • Verve.
    • 5438272 (1); Tr.12.
  • Lambert, Hendricks & Ross

    One o' Clock Jump

    Composer: Durham, Page, Smith, Hendricks (arr. Buster, Smith) Performers: Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, v; Nat Pierce, p; Freddie Green, g; Eddie Jones, b; Sonny Payne, d. October 1957

    • Sing a Song of Basie.
    • Verve.
    • 54387272 (1); Tr.4.
  • Lambert, Hendricks & Ross

    It's Sand, Man!

    Composer: Lewis, Lambert, Hendricks (arr. Clayton) Performers: Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, v; Nat Pierce, p; Freddie Green, g; Eddie Jones, b; Sonny Payne, d. September 1957

    • Sing a Song of Basie.
    • Verve.
    • 5438272 (1); Tr. 2.
  • Lambert, Hendricks & Ross

    Little Pony

    Composer: Hefti, Lambert, Hendricks (arr. Hefti) Performers: Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, v; Nat Pierce, p; Freddie Green, g; Eddie Jones, b; Sonny Payne, d. September 1957

    • Sing a Song of Basie.
    • Verve.
    • 5438272 (1); Tr.5.
  • Lambert, Hendricks & Ross

    Fiesta in Blue

    Composer: Mundy, Goodman, Lambert, Hendricks (arr. Mundy) Performers: Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, v; Nat Pierce, p; Freddie Green, g; Eddie Jones, b; Sonny Payne, d. October 1957

    • Sing a Song of Basie.
    • Verve.
    • 5438272 (1); Tr.7.
  • Lambert, Hendricks & Ross

    Down for Double

    Composer: Lambert, Hendricks & Ross Performers: Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, v; Nat Pierce, p; Freddie Green, g; Eddie Jones, b; Sonny Payne, d. October 1957

    • Sing a Song of Basie.
    • Verve.
    • 5438272 (1); Tr.6.
  • Lambert, Hendricks & Ross/ Count Basie

    Goin' to Chicago Blues

    Composer: Basie, Rushing Performers: Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, Joe Williams, v; Thad Jones, Snooky Young, Wendell Culley, Joe Newman, tp; Henry Coker, Al Grey, Benny Powell, tb; Marshall Royal, Frank Wess, as, fl: Billy Mitchell, Frank Foster, ts; Charlie Fowlkes, bs; Count Basie, p; Freddy Green, g; Sonny Payne, d. September 1958

    • Sing Along With Basie.
    • Roulette.
    • 600094 (1); Tr.2.
  • Lambert, Hendricks & Ross

    Let Me See

    Composer: Basie, Edison, Hendricks Performers: Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, Joe Williams, v; Thad Jones, Snooky Young, Wendell Culley, Joe Newman, tp; Henry Coker, Al Grey, Benny Powell, tb; Marshall Royal, Frank Wess, as, fl: Billy Mitchell, Frank Foster, ts; Charlie Fowlkes, bs; Count Basie, p; Freddy Green, g; Sonny Payne, d. May 1958

    • Sing Along With Basie.
    • Roulette.
    • 600094 (1); Tr. 4.
  • Lambert, Hendricks & Ross

    Four

    Composer: Davis, Hendricks Performers: Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, v; Zoot Sims, ts; Russ Freeman, p; Freddie Green, g Ed Jones, b; Sonny Payne, d. March 1959

    • The Swingers.
    • Manhattan.
    • CDP7468492 (1); Tr. 6.
  • Lambert, Hendricks & Ross

    Centerpiece

    Composer: Hendricks, Edison Performers: Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, v; Harry Edison, t; ; Ike Isaacs, b; Jimmy Wormworth, d. August 1959

    • Lambert, Hendricks & Ross!.
    • Columbia.
    • C2K64933 (2); D1, Tr. 6.
  • Lambert, Hendricks & Ross

    Mr. P.C.

    Composer: Coltrane, Hendricks Performers: Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, v; Gildo Mahones, p; Ike Isaacs, b; Jimmy Wormworth, d. March 1961

    • Lambert, Hendricks & Ross!.
    • Columbia.
    • C2K64933 (2); D2, Tr. 11.
  • Lambert, Hendricks & Ross

    Cottontail

    Composer: Ellington Performers: Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, Annie Ross, v; Gildo Mahones, p; Ike Isaacs, b; Jimmy Wormworth, d. June 1960

    • Lambert, Hendricks & Ross!.
    • Columbia.
    • C2K 64933 (2); D1, Tr. 11.
  • Lambert, Hendricks & Ross

    Avenue C

    Composer: Clayton, Lambert, Hendricks Performers: Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, v; Nat Pierce, p; Freddie Green, g; Eddie Jones, b; Sonny Payne, d. October 1957

    • Sing a Song of Basie.
    • Verve.
    • 5438272 (1); Tr.10.

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