…and Tanya Jean.
(This one’s for Jeremy…)
The artistry and genius of Dondald Byrd and Dexter Gordon:
And what the amazing Kurt Elling has done with Tanya.
[If you’re not familiar, vocalese is a style of jazz singing where-in the singer creates lyrics that are sung to the melody of another artist’s instrumental tune, improvised solos included. Kurt sure can pick ’em.
While I was never much for vocalese, Kurt Elling is another story. Impeccable timing, rich timbre, a technically stunning performer, style out the wazoo and he happens to be just one hell of a poet in his own right. The lyric he wrote over this piece is perfect.]