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Man with a Happy Sound is a wonderfully fun 1962 session, showcasing Carroll's breezy, engaging scat style on both standards ("Route 66," "Honeysuckle Rose," "I Got Rhythm") and swinging blues. Carroll's backing group — guitarist Grant Green, Specs Williams and Connie Lester — provides dynamic support, often taking the spotlight without stealing it.


Born: 25 November 1919 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s

His nickname was "Bebop." According to legend, Joe Carroll was the man to call during the height of popularity for that style of jazz, especially if one was trying to locate an elusive genius such as Charlie Parker. To some listeners, however, Carroll is a pariah, not a messiah. He may be one of the earliest singers credited with recording jazz vocalese, a kind of sophisticated term for scat singing, but few fans of this type of performance pick him as a favorite. While the man did cut several albums...
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