Modern jazz vocalists

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  1. steven.rogers

    steven.rogers Member

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    I've taken a real interest in jazz vocalists lately and have been looking for some more music to check out. Basically I'm looking for modern jazz vocalists who have a real swinging rhythm section (an added plus if they're singing standard tunes). I'm not so much into the ones who sing the entire time, I like to hear some instrumental solos incorporated into the tune. For example I've been listening a lot to Melody Gardot, Jane Monheit, Teraesa Vinson, Norah Jones, etc.

    I love the video on Youtube of Jane Monheit and Jonathan Kreisberg playing More Than You Know. And not to mention Kurt Elling whose style is real hip IMO, and he has some great stuff with Charlie Hunter. Any suggestions? Thanks a lot! :BEER
     
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    Betty Carter! Her 1970s stuff is smoking - I have three or four from then, but my favorite is "The audience with ... Betty Carter." She improvises like an instrumentalist, demands her rhythm section respond according (lots of dynamics and tempo shifts), is a bonafide bandleader, and always had crack musicians. Also, I dug Cassandra Wilson's early Blue Notes (1990s) especially "Blue Light Til Dawn." .... Both will give you some different twists on standards....
     
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    +100!!!! definitely check out betty carter! some newer singers to check out are gretchen parlato and sara serpa. i think you'd dig both of them.
     
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    Dee Dee Bridgewater...particularly the last two albums. She's fantastic!
     
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    Betty Carter was wonderful. I wonder about her being called a "modern jazz vocalist" She's been around for years and died in 1998.

    In addition to those mentioned...check out Karrin Allyson and Patricia Barber.
    Karrin's album "In Blue" is very accessible to those who want to get into some jazz vocals for the first time and has some very good guitar playing by Danny Embry on it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5PLPI9DCA8

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXVWtePwWyE&feature=related

    Patricia Barber may be an acquired taste. She's very Joni-like and writes very deep lyrics. And her guitarist Neal Alger is my teacher!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJcozquLttY&feature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41Of6sltTZY&feature=related


    And she plays pretty darn well too!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JCyTtgFhkc&feature=related
     
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    Mark 63 Silver Supporting Member

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    There are some excellent videos on YouTube of Jeff Beck with Imogen Heap. She is good.

    Dee Dee Bridgewater may be the finest pure jazz singer of the day.
     
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    I agree with the suggestions so far.
    I'm curious about the "modern jazz" timeline
    Where would Diana Krall fit in this discussion?
    Thanks
     
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    Mark 63 Silver Supporting Member

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    Adult contemporary
     
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    Roberta Gambarini. Straight-up jazz vocals, always with a great band. I saw her with Jake Hanna on drums.
     
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    Thanks for all the recommendations, I'll give them all a listen. :AOK
     
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    I totally agree, that video actually inspired me to pick up more of Kurt Elling's stuff after having heard him sing with Charlie Hunter. They're both incredible musicians.
     
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    Another plug for Patricia Barber, especially "Cafe Blue".

    Check out Holly Cole, especially "Temptation". Beautiful girl sings Tom Waits (!) in her own style and with a great backup. Some nifty guitar in the group, too.
     
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