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Album Review

Vocalist-pianist-lyricist Bob Dorough's first record as a leader is a pretty definitive set . Assisted by his longtime bassist Bill Takas, drummer Jerry Segal and sometimes trumpeter Warren Fitzgerald and vibraphonist Jack Hitchcock, Dorough performs near-classic renditions of such songs as "Old Devil Moon," "Yardbird Suite," "Baltimore Oriole," "Devil May Care" and "Johnny One Note." Recommended. [Originally released in 1956, Devil May Care was reissued on CD on 2005 and contains bonus tracks.]


Born: 12 December 1923 in Cherry Hill, AR

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Although neglected and underexposed most of his life, Bob Dorough is an adventurous, risk-taking master of vocalese (the process of writing and singing lyrics to instrumental jazz solos) and scat singing who has directly or indirectly influenced Mark Murphy, Michael Franks, Mose Allison, and Kurt Elling. The Arkansas native started out on piano in the 1940s, then took up singing in the early '50s (when he played for boxer Sugar Ray Robinson, an entertainer at the time). From 1954-1955, Dorough lived...
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Devil May Care, Bob Dorough
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  • £7.99
  • Genres: Vocal, Music, Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop
  • Released: Oct 1956

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