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1 	Introduction By Ed Williams 	1:15
2 	See If You Can Git To That 	2:45
3 	Body And Soul 	4:28
4 	Mercy,Mercy,Mercy 	2:57
5 	So What 	4:24
6 	There I Go,There I Go Again 	2:18
7 	Psychedelic Sally 	2:45
8 	Now's The Time 	4:30
9 	Filthy McNasty 	3:29
10 	Oh Gee 	6:37

Bass – Steve Davis
Drums – Bill English
Piano – Barry Harris
Tenor Saxophone, Flute – James Moody
Trumpet – Dave Burns
Vocals – Eddie Jefferson

 

Eddie Jefferson had not been on record in quite a few years when he recorded this excellent set (reissued on CD) for Prestige. A few of the songs ("Mercy, Mercy, Mercy," "Psychedelic Sally" and "See If You Can Git to That") were attempts to update the singer's style in the mod idiom of the late '60s but the most memorable selections are "So What" (on which Jefferson recreates Miles Davis's famous solo), "Body and Soul", "Now's the Time," "Oh Gee" and "Filthy McNasty"; the latter has very effective lyrics by writer Ira Gitler. Tenorman James Moody, trumpeter Dave Burns and pianist Barry Harris are in the supporting cast of this excellent set. ---Scott Yanow, AllMusic Review

 

Although there were a couple obscure early examples (Bee Palmer in 1929 and Marion Harris in 1934, both performing “Singing the Blues”), Eddie Jefferson is considered the founder, and premier performer of vocalese, the art of taking a recording and writing words to the solos, which Jefferson was practicing as early as 1949.

Eddie Jefferson’s first career was as a tap dancer but in the bebop era he discovered his skill as a vocalese lyricist and singer. He wrote lyrics to Charlie Parker’s version of “Parker’s Mood” and Lester Young’s “I Cover the Waterfront” early on, and he is responsible for “Moody’s Mood for Love” (based on James Moody’s alto solo on “I’m in the Mood for Love”). King Pleasure recorded “Moody’s Mood for Love” before Jefferson (getting the hit) and had his own lyrics to “Parker’s Mood,” but in time Jefferson was recognized as the founder of the idiom.

Jefferson worked with James Moody during 1955-1957 and again in 1968-1973 but otherwise mostly performed as a single. He first recorded in 1952 (other than a broadcast from 1949) and those four selections are on the compilation The Bebop Singers. During 1961-1962 he made a classic set for Riverside that is available as Letter from Home and highlighted by “Billie’s Bounce,” “I Cover the Waterfront,” “Parker’s Mood,” and “Things Are Getting Better.”

Jefferson recorded a pair of albums for Prestige during 1968-1969. Body and Soul includes “So What” (the original Miles Davis version), “Body and Soul” (paying tribute to Coleman Hawkins), “Now’s the Time” and some current material such as “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.” Come Along with Me is highlighted by “The Preacher,” “Yardbird Suite,” and “Baby Girl” (based on Lester Young’s “These Foolish Things”).

Eddie Jefferson, who worked with Richie Cole in the late 1970s, was having a revival of his career when he was shot to death in 1979 outside of a Detroit club. ---musicians.allaboutjazz.com

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Eddie Jefferson - Letter From Home (1962) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/pl/jazz/2038-eddie-jefferson/23186-eddie-jefferson-letter-from-home-1962.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/pl/jazz/2038-eddie-jefferson/23186-eddie-jefferson-letter-from-home-1962.html Eddie Jefferson - Letter From Home (1962)

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1 	Letter From Home	3:02
2 	Take The "A" Train	3:13
3 	Billie's Bounce	(Take 4)	2:44
4	Billie's Bounce	(Take 3)	2:48
5	I Cover The Waterfront	3:10
6 	Soft And Furry	2:49
7 	A Night In Tunisia	3:29
8 	Things Are Getting Better	3:12
9	Keep Walkin' (Take 4)	2:58
10	Keep Walkin' (Take 1) 	2:53
11	Body And Soul (I Feel So Good)	3:12
12	Parker's Mood (Bless My Soul)	3:28

Alto Saxophone, Flute – James Moody 
Arranged By – Ernie Wilkins
Baritone Saxophone – Arthur Clarke 
Bass – Sam Jones
Drums – Louis Hayes, Osie Johnson
Guitar – Barry Galbraith
Piano – Joe Zawinul, Junior Mance, Wynton Kelly
Tenor Saxophone – Johnny Griffin
Trombone – Jimmy Cleveland
Trumpet – Clark Terry, Ernie Royal, Joe Newman
Vocals – Eddie Jefferson

 

This CD (which augments the original LP program with two alternate takes) is a fine showcase for vocalese master Eddie Jefferson. Backed by either a tentet or a quintet that gives solo space to altoist James Moody and the tenor of Johnny Griffin, Jefferson sings his lyrics to such numbers as "Take the 'A' Train," "Billie's Bounce," "I Cover the Waterfront," "Parker's Mood" (the latter differs from the famous lines immortalized by King Pleasure), "A Night in Tunisia," and "Body and Soul," among others. Jefferson is in prime form and these boppish renditions as a whole form a near classic. ---Scott Yanow, AllMusic Review

 

Eddie Jefferson believed that the addition of words in keeping with the spirit of the modern jazz instrumental is an important way of making jazz readily understood. For the vocalese fan, it does not get any better that this CD. He takes on instrumentals from Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderly, Dizzy Gillespie and Junior Mance that would help even a novice jazz fan understand the depth of this fine music. The only sad thing is because his life was cut short, we are limited to only a few CD gems from this master vocalist. ---Carolyn E. Spilly, amazon.com

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Eddie Jefferson – Things Are Getting Better (1974) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/pl/jazz/2038-eddie-jefferson/7326-eddie-jefferson-things-are-getting-better-1974.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/pl/jazz/2038-eddie-jefferson/7326-eddie-jefferson-things-are-getting-better-1974.html Eddie Jefferson – Things Are Getting Better (1974)

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1. Bitches Brew
2. Things Are Getting Better play
3. Freedom Jazz Dance
4. A Night in Tunisia play
5. Trane's Blues
6. I Just Got Back in Town
7. Billie's Bounce
8. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)

Eddie Jefferson, vocal
Joe Newman, trumpet
Billy Mitchell, tenor, flute and bass clarinem
Mickey Tucker, keyboard
Sam Jones, bass
Eddie Gladden, drums
Mildred Weston, Conrad Buckman, vocal

 

Singer Eddie Jefferson's first album in five years finds him doing his best to keep up with the times. Somehow he manages to sing Miles Davis' "Bitches Brew" (a nearly impossible melody to make much out of) and he also performs "Freedom Jazz Dance" and "Trane's Blues" in addition to more boppish material (including an exuberant "Things Are Getting Better," "Night In Tunisia" and "Billie's Bounce"). The Sly Stone tune "Thank You" is the only trivial selection among the eight reissued on this CD while "I Just Got Back In Town" is based on James Moody's improvisation to the ballad "I Cover The Waterfront." The master of vocalese (who was at the peak of his powers during this period) is assisted by trumpeter Joe Newman, Billy Mitchell (on tenor, flute and bass clarinet), keyboardist Mickey Tucker, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Eddie Gladden. A worthy effort. ~ Scott Yanow

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