And after all
Doing what you love while you're living
In tails or in tatters
This is all that matters
Jon Hendricks, "What Am I Here For?"
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The goal is to have it up and running in time for the Four Brothers
concert June 15th.
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Vocalese didn't really take off until Jon Hendricks got his hands on it.
Apparently he wrote "Four Brothers" (covered by nearly everyone, it
seems) very quickly after hearing "Moody's Mood for Love". He teamed up
with Dave Lambert to record it, a collaboration was born, and LHR took
off. He wrote scads of great vocalese lyrics for that group and later
the Manhattan Transfer, plus a long solo career which is still going
His lyrics are witty, erudite, philosophical, and they swing. What more
could you ask for? Well, he can sing pretty well, too, though when he
gets going quickly the lyrics he sings can approach incomprehensible.
He's got a number of albums, both solo and with various collections of
friends. Good things just seem to happen when he is around.
Most recently, he has teamed up with Annie Ross again for a series
of concerts in New York and Boston. We have a
review of the first 1999 Boston show from
Jim Bazin, with pictures. Or a shorter, unillustrated
review of an Detroit Orchestra Hall show I
saw in 2000.
For lots more Hendricks listings, see LHR and
The Manhattan Transfer.
- Evolution of the Blues Song (1960)
This doesn't contain any vocalese at all. The narration is an extended
Hendricks poem, and it features three Hendricks originals:
- "Some Stopped on de Way"
- "Aw, Gal"
- Cloudburst (1972, Enja)
Live at the Domicile, Munich, February 1972. Pretty mediocre sound
- "No More" Hendricks lyrics.
- "It Was A Dream"
- "Shiny Stockings" Hendricks vocalese.
- "Jon's Mumbles" Hendricks original.
- "Here Is That Rainy Day"
- "Water Melon Man" Hendricks vocalese? (uncredited)
- "Everyday I Have the Blues"
- "Gimme That Wine" Hendricks original.
- "Cloudburst" Hendricks vocalese. (A better version is on
LHR's The Hottest New Group In Jazz.)
- Love (1982, Muse Records)
Jon Hendricks & Company, featuring Michele Hendricks
other vocalists: Judith Hendricks, Leslie Dorsey, and Bob Gurland
All lyrics by Jon Hendricks except "Angel Eyes".
- "Royal Garden Blues"
- "Bright Moments"
- "Willie's Tune"
- "Good Ol' Lady"
- "Lil' Darlin'"
- "I'll Die Happy" Hendricks original
- "Love (Berkshire Blues)"
- "Tell Me The Truth" Hendricks original
- "The Swinging Groove Merchant"
- "Angel Eyes"
- "In A Harlem Airshaft"
- Freddie Freeloader (1990)
(Gee, can you tell that this album has better liner notes than
- "Jumpin' at the Woodside" Hendricks vocalese. Jon's
vocalese is on a Lester Young solo, Judith's is Buck
- "In Summer" Hendricks free translation of Italian song
- "Freddie Freeloader" Hendricks vocalese.
- Bobby McFerrin sings Wynton Kelly
- Al Jarreau sings Miles Davis
- Jon Hendricks sings John Coltrane
- George Benson sings Adderley Cannonball
- "Stardust" Judith sings Jon's vocalese on Armstong's trumpet
solo, while Jon replicates Armstong's vocals. I think.
Guess I've got to track down the original.
- "Sugar" Hendricks lyrics
- "Take the 'A' Train" Judith performs Jon's vocalese on Ray
Nance solo. (Got to say I like the Eddie Jefferson version
much, much better.)
- "Fas'-Livin' Blues" Hendricks original.
- "High As a Mountian" -- Hendricks vocalese on Gil
Evans/Miles Davis "Song No 2", performed by a wildly
multitracked Manhattan Transfer, with Hendricks singing the
(Miles Davis?) solo in the middle. Harmonies are weird, but
once I got used to it, this became a favorite.
- "Trinkle-Tinkle" Hendricks lyric
- "Swing That Music" Hendricks vocalese, Judith agains sings
Armstong's trumpet part. Wish the Transfer would cover this
- "The Finer Things in Life" Hendricks original.
- "Listen to Monk" Hendricks lyric
- "Sing, Sing, Sing" awesome Hendricks vocalese. I've heard
two different Goodman discs which both have the original of
this, though both were several minutes longer than this
- Boppin' at the Blue Note (Telarc, 1993)
- "Get Me to the Church on Time"
- "Do You Call That a Buddy?"
- "Good Ol' Lady" Hendricks original
- "Contemporary Blues" Hendricks original
- "Everybody's Boppin'" Hendricks original
- "Almost Like Being In Love"
- "Roll 'em Pete"
- "It's Sand, Man" Hendricks lyrics(?)
- "Since I Fell For You"
- "Shiny Stockings" Hendricks lyrics
- "One O'Clock Jump"
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