Lambert, Hendricks & Ross / Blossom Dearie / Les Double Six - Voices In Modern (Mega Blowout Sale)

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"The New Yorker critic Whitney Balliett once said her tiny wisp of a voice "would scarcely reach the second storey of a doll's house", while jazz critic Leonard Feather described it as "a voice in a million". Blossom Dearie pursued a singular career that blurred the line between jazz and cabaret; one of the unique jazz voices of the second half of the 20th century, her little girl style rich with hidden sensuality and her interpretations full of wit and intelligence.

Despite a catalogue of albums of outstanding class for Verve and Fontana in the fifties and sixties and another fifteen independent productions that would appear on her own daffodil label from 1974 onwards, Blossom is perhaps best known in America for her memorable recordings of the songs as Figure 8 and Adjectives that featured on the seventies children's tv series Schoolhouse Rock. Internationally, Blossom Dearie's understated, playful, sometimes barbed style, has influenced musicians as diverse as Kylie Minogue, Cleo Laine and Tracey Thorn.

The leading exponents of vocalese were Dave Lambert and Jon Hendricks, who recruited the highly regarded Annie Ross to form one of the most exciting and revolutionary vocal groups there has ever been. All three were virtuosos and between them they could simulate the swing and pyrotechnics of a conventional jazz group ≠ riffing, taking solos and trading licks. Lambert also wrote intricate arrangements for larger vocal groups in which different voices could take the roles of the various parts of an orchestral ensemble. Lambert, Hendricks and Ross became one of America's most successful and distinctive jazz acts, achieving a standard of vocal inventiveness, elegance and sheer dazzling technique that has never been equalled.

Working in much the same idiom as Lambert Hendricks & Ross were the French swingers, Les Double Six. Founded in 1959 by Mimi Perrin, Annie Ross's Parisian counterpart, the sextet proved to be exceptional improvisors and one of the most innovative vocal ensembles of the era. Perrin had worked with both Blossom Dearie and Christiana Legrand who were together in the seminal vocalese group Les Blue Stars. Les Double Six included both Legrand and the American, Ward Swingle, singer and arranger for the Swingle Singers, (who would apply the scat singing idea to the work of classical composers) and these recordings, produced by Quincy Jones, are a clear antecedent for his subsequent work."
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