Monday’s Music Box: Tanya…

…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.]


6 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Box: Tanya…

  1. Thank you, man. Thank you.

    It takes true talent to do something like this. Vocalese is really difficult to pull off: it seems like you have to be a poet, musician and have a composer’s sense of musical composition all at the same time.

    I’m definitely impressed with this.

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    • Yeah, most vocalese leaves me rather flat, even knowing what it takes to make it happen (I used to date a jazz-singer who was in an a cappella vocalese group), but Kurt takes things to a whole other level.
      Glad you enjoyed.


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