The Spirits of Rhythm

78 RPM: The Spirits Of Rhythm – Honeysuckle Rose (Honey-Sock-Me-On-The-Nose) – YouTube

This is a remarkable version of this song. It is enlightening to look at the history of “vocalese.”  Vocalese is of a style of singing where people write lyrics to instrumental solos and sing the notes of the instruments in a band or orchestra. Some of the greats that followed were Jon Hendricks, Lambert Hendricks and Ross, Jackie and Roy, The Swingle Singers, Manhatten Transfer and many more.

A person that is considered the innovator was Eddie Jefferson, but Jefferson would say that he was inspired by Leo Watson, the main singer on this recording.

I like to find music that is not derivative. The Spirits of Rhythm knock me out. Their guitarist, Teddy Bunn, is remarkable and the whole band swings like crazy. They make this song their own, no question.

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