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Late to the show, but I just discovered the jazz vocals of Bobby Troup.

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Posted on January 7, 2017 at 15:51:15
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For a buck at a thrift store in Las Vegas, I picked up a 10 inch 1955 Bethlehem recording "The Songs of Bobby Troup." I usually do not like male jazz vocals except Chet Baker, but this Bobby Troup really appeals to me. It is very close to Chet Baker in style.

I see from archival posts that Troup was married to another great jazz singer, Julie London. That makes the record sound even better.

 

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Male jazz vocalists..., posted on January 7, 2017 at 16:03:15
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lol...well, better late than never!

but heck...how about Joe Williams, Mel Torme, Nat Cole, Billy Eckstine, Jon Hendricks, Dave Lambert, Mose Allison, and/or dozens of others?

and for 'live' shows, Jack Sheldon's singing was an absolute hoot!

 

That's why I stated "appeals to me." I did forget about Mose Allison though., posted on January 7, 2017 at 16:31:11
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Sometimes my mind is on vacation, but my mouth is working overtime.

Sorry about my tastes. I certainly don't want to offend anyone. I do admit that I have not heard of Jack Sheldon.

 

RE: Male jazz vocalists..., posted on January 7, 2017 at 22:12:19
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Hi Bruckner9,

Yes we need to include them, and I can think of a few more. Joe Willian's predecessor in the Basie Band, Jimmy Rushing (Mister 5X5), Johnie Hartman (check out the album he did with Coltrane), Fats Waller, and of coarse arguably the greatist figure in this musical art we love, Louis Armstrong.

I am likely forgetting some.

Phil

 

I am very surprised...., posted on January 9, 2017 at 14:12:02
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that among the many, many great male jazz singers of our lifetimes, you have so far only enjoyed Chet Baker, who was, after all, a trumpet player first and foremost.

Anyway, good that you've picked up on Bobby Troup; he is another rather unappreciated one on the esoteric side, like Baker. A great stylist for sure and musically very gifted, a good pianist too. I recently heard (on the Sinatra channel on Sirius XM) a recording of him doing "Can't Get Started". It was obvious that he wrote extra verses himself, and they were great.

You might check out Sinatra, Bennett, Cole, Hartman, Armstrong, Eckstine, Williams, Torme', Prysock, etc, etc, etc, some time too. Cripes, even Bing Crosby and Dean Martin. And Sammy Davis Jr, Steve Lawrence, Vic Damone.... Not to mention Ray Charles, who did some jazz work and great blues. Have you ever heard Charles Brown? Look him up.

 

Hi Lew. Thanks for the suggestions. I do have 78rpm records , posted on January 11, 2017 at 16:18:46
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of Armstrong, Bennett, the King Cole Trio, Fats Waller, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Jimmy Rushing, Billy Eckstine, etc., but I will mention again the phrase in my original post, "appeals to me."

In my short exposure to jazz in the last 2 or 4 years, I prefer instrumenal jazz over jazz vocalists. I do like Baker, Troup, and Allison, but I don't particularly like Bennett, Armstrong, Crosby, Martin, Torme, Davis, Lawrence, Damone, Hartman, Prysock, JimmyRushing, Joe Williams, etc. It's just a personal preference, just like we don't all like the same music. Heck, I don't even like Ella Fitzgerald that much, even though I have several of her 78s. I do like Billie Holiday however.

I guess I never thought of Ray Charles music as jazz, and I do have several lf his LPs.

I did look up your suggestion of Charles Brown,as I had not heard him before. I do like his music, but the couple songs I heard were more like blues to me. I realize that jazz and blues do intersect at times, and I do like some blues.

 

RE: Hi Lew. Thanks for the suggestions. I do have 78rpm records , posted on January 12, 2017 at 11:22:31
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To me, Charles Brown is blues, west coast blues, very different than other styles.

 

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