Ratings and Reviews
The main man
I find this album a lot of fun to listen to and to be great for parties. He has an exciting vibrant voice that is captivating and yet you can't stand still when listening to it. You'll enjoy this album immensely.
james moody was jeffersonian too!
just got back from hearing james moody at yoshi's oakland. (1/17/09). he SANG moody's mood and also benny's from heaven. knocked the tributes dead too. a little funny hearing the sax man sing the vocal version of his own classic solo piece. he's 83 so you'd better go catch him now if you can...especially since eddie (and so many others) are sadly gone.
Eddie Jefferson was the hands down king of vocalese and this is his hands down best album IMHO. Not only is Eddie on fire but Slide Hampton's arrangements are as good as they get and the soloists are wonderful. I've been carrying around a bad cassette of this for years. Glad to see it out in CD again. Buy this album.
About Eddie Jefferson
The founder of vocalese (putting recorded solos to words), Eddie Jefferson did not have a great voice, but he was one of the top jazz singers, getting the maximum out of what he had. He started out working as a tap dancer, but by the late '40s was singing and writing lyrics. A live session from 1949 (released on Spotlite) finds him pioneering vocalese by singing his lyrics to "Parker's Mood" and Lester Young's solo on "I Cover the Waterfront." However, his classic lyrics to "Moody's Mood for Love" were recorded first by King Pleasure (1952), who also had a big hit with his version of "Parker's Mood." Jefferson had his first studio recording that year (which included Coleman Hawkins' solo on "Body and Soul"), before working with James Moody (1953-1957). Although he recorded on an occasional basis in the 1950s and '60s, his contributions to the idiom seemed to be mostly overlooked until the 1970s. Jefferson worked with Moody again (1968-1973), and during his last few years often performed with Richie Cole. He was shot to death outside of a Detroit club in 1979. Eddie Jefferson, who also wrote memorable lyrics to "Jeannine," "Lady Be Good," "So What," "Freedom Jazz Dance," and even "Bitches' Brew," recorded for Savoy, Prestige, a single for Checker, Inner City, and Muse; his final sides appeared in 1999 under the title Vocal Ease. ~ Scott Yanow
- Detroit, MI
- August 3, 1918