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The Hottest New Group in Jazz

Lambert Hendricks & Ross, Lambert, Hendricks and RossAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Charleston Alley (Album Version) 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Moanin' (Album Version) 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Twisted (Album Version) 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Bijou (Album Version) 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Cloudburst (Album Version) 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Centerpiece (Album Version) 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Gimme That Wine (Album Version) 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Sermonette (Album Version) 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Summertime (Album Version) 1:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Everybody's Boppin' (Album Version) 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Cottontail (Album Version) 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. All Too Soon (Album Version) 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Happy Anatomy (Album Version) 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Rocks In My Bed (Album Version) 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Main Stem (Album Version) 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. I Don't Know What Kind Of Blues I've Got (Album Version) 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Things Ain't What They Used To Be (Album Version) 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Midnight Indigo (Album Version) 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. What Am I Here For? (Album Version) 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. In A Mellow Tone (Vocal Version) 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Caravan (Album Version) 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 

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listen  1. Come On Home (Album Version) 5:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. The New A B C (Album Version) 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Farmer's Market (Album Version) 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Cookin' At The Continental (Album Version) 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. With Malice Toward None (Album Version) 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Hi-Fly (Album Version) 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Home Cookin' (Album Version) 4:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Halloween Spooks (Album Version) 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Popity Pop (Album Version) 4:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Blue (Album Version) 3:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Mr. P. C. (Album Version) 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Walkin' (Album Version) 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. This Here (Dis Hyunh) (Album Version) 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Swingin' Till The Girls Come Home (Album Version) 5:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Twist City (Album Version) 2:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Just A little Bit of Twist (Album Version) 2:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. A Night In Tunisia (Album Version) 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. A Night In Tunisia (Alternate Version) 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 5, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002ADR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,592 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

This 2-CD anthology takes its title from the debut for a vocal trio that lived up to it: Lambert, Hendricks & Ross wove its magic from two men and a woman ready to push jazz vocals to a post-bop frontier built on the vocalese of Ella Fitzgerald and Eddie Jefferson (the spark behind King Pleasure's epochal transformation of jazz solos into sung lines) and fueled by a bumper crop of great instrumentals on which to build their songs. Arrangements meticulously follow the styles of specific soloists, inject healthy dollops of humor, and interact wonderfully with the accompanists, approximating the intimate scale and high-flying interplay of the small groups that dominated '50s and early '60s jazz. This is vivid, effortlessly swinging, deliriously cool jazz that will sound as good to lounge arrivistes as it will to seasoned jazz hounds, and this intelligently compiled distillation of their first few albums gets extra credit for exemplary sound and annotation. --Sam Sutherland

Product Description

The three albums-that's The Hottest New Group in Jazz, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross Sing Ellington and High Flying with Lambert, Hendricks & Ross -that this legendary jazz vocal group made for Columbia at their early-'60s peak of popularity, augmented with eight bonus tracks, five unreleased! New notes 'n' photos, too.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Boppin' Highwire Vocalese at Its Best ! ! ! December 14, 2000
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Overall this is a great CD that combines three LH&R albums - - The Hottest New Group In Jazz, LH&R sing Ellington and High Flying with The Ike Issacs Trio (ergo a real nice bang for the buck). In my humble opinion, its the material from that 3rd LP (contained on the second CD) that swings the hardest. - - It also comes with a nice swanky 20 page booklet with lot's of pictures and some nice liner notes.
Incidentally, I'd like to add to the reviewer before me, just as The Transfer represented the "third generation" of Vocalese, for those that think it started with LH &R, check out their mentor Eddie Jefferson's CD "The Jazz Singer" - - and speaking of The Manhattan Transfer, their VOCALESE CD.
I do have one complaint though... but its a minor one... there's something odd about the remastering -- but it might be a matter of taste. I like the way the rhythm section is mastered, but something seems too "up front" and thin about the vocals... needs a bit more bottom, but mastering from 2 track tapes aren't so easy and maybe its just me. I'm curious if anyone else has picked up on this ?
Anyway, overall, until you've heard Annie Ross's wild lyics to Twisted and Farmer's Market, Jon Hendricks's wild vocal acrobatics, and the brilliant interactions between this legendary bebop vocalese ensemble... you haven't lived. By hook or by crook, dig 'em.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great singing; tight, dry sound April 9, 2002
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I will be brief. Lambert, Hendricks & Ross were a great jazz vocal trio not just because they swung but because they always sounded relaxed and laid-back, something that Manhattan Transfer never quite achieved with superior voices. These Columbia albums, reissued here complete with a few extra outtakes, represent their peak of popularity and include some of their most famous interpretations. But the problem, then as now, is that Columbia's New York studio had just about the driest, most grating sound of any major US label. This doesn't affect Annie Ross's sweet high range too much, but Jon Hendricks sounds almost consistently brittle and hoarse, whereas on their other recordings for other labels the voice sounds much warmer (listen, for instance, to "The Swingers" on Pacific Jazz or the RCA Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan at the Village Gate). The digital remastering does the most with this 2-track stereo, however, and the performances ARE fabulous, so we will leave it at that. Highly recommended to fans of jazz singing in general and LH&R in particular.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 Masterpieces in One January 20, 2004
Format:Audio CD
With due regard for the overused word "Masterpiece," this isn't a "Masterpiece"; it's 3 masterpieces. This is a compilation of "Sing Ellington", "Hi-Fly" and the actual "Hottest New Group in Jazz." It's hard to argue which of the 3 is best, because all have their high points, and all have so very few low points. I love "Caravan", "Charleston Alley", "Night in Tunisia" (both takes), "Twisted", "Main Stem", "Mr. P.C."--oh, what the hey--maybe I should just list what I don't love about this, and make this review shorter! At the risk of sounding redundant viz. the rave I gave to "Sing a Song of Basie", listening to this reminds me of what a tremendous jazz singer Annie Ross was in her prime. Nobody--and I mean nobody--ever sang a straighter straight tone than Ms. Ross. And Lambert and Hendricks have that rare quality about them; individually, their voices aren't the best, perhaps, but together they work magically well. I'm probably writing to people who already know about this; if you are a rare one who doesn't, then treat this as the "Hot 5's" and "Hot 7's" of vocal jazz and buy it now. Your collection isn't complete without it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars L, H & R -- The Best! April 17, 2001
By Dan
Format:Audio CD
This is classic LH&R and has survived the test of time! What a terrific album for anyone who likes "different" jazz sounds! LH&R has been with me for decades and hasn't aged one bit (or byte, by today's standards!). I know you'll enjoy it more and more with each listening!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Swings December 26, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The bottom line is that every song here swings. On top of that, the voices blend together beautifully, each of the three are excellent singers, and John Hendricks' lyrics are very clever. Just listen to "Caravan", "Cloudburst", or "Centerpiece". I highly recomend this CD.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Band Jazz meets Vocalese August 31, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
John Henricks shows his talent has he composes lyrics to many of the best Big Band Hits and then arranges the group into a full Big Band with the three singers swinging all of the parts in Vocalese. A 'must have' for any lover of Big Band, Bop, Vocalese or Jazz.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vocalese March 24, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
For those of us that think we discovered vocal range with the Manhattan Transfer, this is even better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 50 years ago. June 4, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Great 50 years ago... still great today. I loved playing cuts when I was a young Disc Jockey. I love playing cuts as an old retired Radio station owner....Many Thanks for making this stuff available..Charles Winstanley
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was a splendid buy!
Published 8 days ago by Pat
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
bought it to rplace original lp. after awhile some of it sounds the same
Published 1 month ago by bill bee
5.0 out of 5 stars ... of my all-time favorites and to 'revive' them is fantastic. I have...
This trio is one of my all-time favorites and to 'revive' them is fantastic. I have them in vinyl too. What fond memories to listen to them again
Published 1 month ago by Beverly
5.0 out of 5 stars A delight.
This jazz singing is a joy. Creative, passionate, hot and cool all at once. Ross may be a little too strong compared with Lambert, but such singing is so rare that this can be... Read more
Published 4 months ago by KWB
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece, pure and simple
I have owned this CD set for years, and I still own the original vinyl LPs, too.

I bought this copy as a gift for my older brother, who first introduced me to Lambert,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Paul L Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Oxford Comma & !
As a total punctuation nerd, I love the cajones of this group - or at least those of the designer of this album cover - for including both an Oxford Comma AND an exclamation point... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Thomas J. McNulty
5.0 out of 5 stars LHR the greatest
Great listening.Fantastic singing..Why did HLR not achieve the fame like the Beatles they certainly deserved to do so.They were just too good to last
Published 14 months ago by kevinzoot
5.0 out of 5 stars More than expected
I had this album as an LP, years ago. This album had even more songs on it than I expected
Published 17 months ago by James Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars An Old Favorite Found Again
I lent this album to a friend back in 1973 and he never returned it. We lost touch and I never forgot how much I loved this group. Read more
Published 18 months ago by harriet
5.0 out of 5 stars LH&R at their best
I've been a fan of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross for fifty years. They were/are an amazing creative force in jazz and in humor. This CD set brings together all their best songs. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Peter Piper
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