Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Jazz, Pop
In many ways, King Pleasure wrote the book on bop vocalese, composing and performing lyrics to famous jazz solos. If not the first to do it, he was certainly the first to have hit records doing it, including "Moody's Mood ... more »
In many ways, King Pleasure wrote the book on bop vocalese, composing and performing lyrics to famous jazz solos. If not the first to do it, he was certainly the first to have hit records doing it, including "Moody's Mood for Love," based on James Moody's version of "I'm in the Mood for Love"; Gene Ammons's "Red Top"; and "Parker's Mood." In the process, he led the way for other jazz singer-lyricists such as Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross. On this 1960 session, the original scat vocalist is heard recapping some of his greatest successes, including the famous James Moody and Charlie Parker solos. He's joined by two of the most underrated modern jazz tenor saxophonists, Harold Land and Teddy Edwards. After being impressed by the verbal wit and gymnastic diction that Pleasure's art demands, listeners may be struck by how much his mellow sound resembles that of Land or Moody. --Stuart Broomer
King Pleasure Sang With A Mad Catchiness...
M. Conklin | Illinois, USA | 07/26/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"king pleasure was the smoothest. he was a vocalist who's sound was part eddie jefferson, part jon hendrick's, and part nat king cole. swinging, hip and very laid back. on golden days, his backing band swings through a number of cool compositions, that all start off loud and quick and then slickly move to the background as pleasure starts singing. the track "moody's mood for love" is why i decided to track down some of king pleasures releases. it's a catchy tune. the song features a unaccredited female singer that switches choruses with pleasure. "parker's mood" is also included on this release, which features a smooth sax solo played by harold land, and which strangely reminds me of some of the modern swinging vocal bands in both sound and phrasing (i.e., the mighty blue kings)."
Flawless Modern Jazz Styling
A. Mkua | California, USA | 03/26/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Interesting, on point modern jazz vocal takes on popular songs and sax solos. The best diction this side of Ella. A definite buy for any modern jazz fan. The liner notes alone are worth the price of the CD."
One of a Kind
Herbert L Calhoun | Falls Church, VA USA | 06/03/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"King Pleasure took the art of the Jazz scat to another level and remains the standard for innovative Jazz musical singing genius. Here the listener will find out why.
In this finely balanced selection of tunes, King Pleasure "struts his stuff," and what a delicious treat for the astute listener. "Moody Mood" (or I'm in the mood for love), renamed for the incomparable James Moody (who I recently saw in Geneva, is still going strong and in excellent shape at 85, looking like he is not a day older than 50) is the reason to buy this album. But there is much more.
The King is always "Pure Pleasure" and always five stars."