Annie Ross has died

Vocalese pioneer Annie Ross has died in New York at the age of 89. The singer and actress had been suffering from emphysema and heart disease. A later influence on Manhattan Transfer, Kurt Elling and Al Jarreau, Ross in the 1950s following a request …

Published: 22 Jul 2020. Updated: 2 months.

Vocalese pioneer Annie Ross has died in New York at the age of 89. The singer and actress had been suffering from emphysema and heart disease. A later influence on Manhattan Transfer, Kurt Elling and Al Jarreau, Ross in the 1950s following a request from Prestige Records wrote lyrics in a “vocalese” style that matched the improvised lines of an instrumental jazz solo and this departure made her name as a jazz singer and performer. She collaborated with singers Dave Lambert and Jon Hendricks, who were working on an album of music associated with big-band leader Count Basie. Her groundbreaking work was recognised when she was awarded the highest award in American jazz in 2010 in becoming an NEA Jazz Master.

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New Matthew Shipp trio album on the way this autumn

A tantalising new track here, the title track of The Unidentifiable a trio record from free-jazz piano star Matthew Shipp due in September on the historic ESP-Disk label. It provides an interesting perspective on Shipp, and rather than the very out …

Published: 21 Jul 2020. Updated: 2 months.

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A tantalising new track here, the title track of The Unidentifiable a trio record from free-jazz piano star Matthew Shipp due in September on the historic ESP-Disk label.

It provides an interesting perspective on Shipp, and rather than the very out there pure free style we usually hear Shipp inhabit this has a roaming loosely swinging sound in the tradition of early Cecil Taylor and you can even think of Bud Powell when you listen hard.

The recording is a studio affair made in late-2019 in New York, Shipp with Michael Bisio on bass and Newman Taylor Baker that swinging presence on drums.