Sunday, June 18, 2006


So originally I found out about Vocalese through Soul Sides, when I caught a post featuring King Pleasure's "Moody's Mood for Love". Vocalese is a style of jazz singing where lyrics are created to go along with instrument soloing, whether the vocals are improvised or otherwise. Eddie Jefferson's been cited as the first luminary of the style and pioneered it along with King Pleasure.

"Moody's Mood for Love" by King Pleasure
Like I said, this song was my first exposure. Pleasure and the unnamed female vocalist both twist their voices in such sweet fashion. The instrumentation backing their vocals is fairly minimal, so your ear can mostly tune into the unique sounds of their voice. The "moody" named in the title is actually James Moody, who recorded "I'm in the Mood for Love" on the sax.

"Parker's Mood" by King Pleasure
Pleasure gives Charlie Parker the same treatment he gave Moody, to great results.

"Pyschedelic Sally" by Eddie Jefferson
After being out of the studio for quite a while, Jefferson returned with the album body and soul, which included a couple of tracks done to try and revamp Jefferson's style to fit the new Mod craze of the late 60s. This is one of those tracks. While it's a departure from his more established style, I still think this song is great.

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