[JPL] Would like your opinion from Micele Grey
jwilke123 at comcast.net
Thu Feb 28 12:06:36 EST 2008
Micele, do you mean accidently, as in forgetting the lyrics momentarily
- or purposely like pretending to forget the lyrics as part of the act
- or purposely as in creating or ad libbing new lyrics?
Unintentionally singing the wrong words of a standard on a record is
just poor research or ignorance. I've heard only a few examples of
this and the singer is usually very embarrassed when it's out there for
everyone to hear again and again. And listeners familiar with
standards repertoire will immediately recognize wrong words in a lyric.
Sarah used to forget lyrics in performance on occasion and with her it
seemed to be a charming flub from someone who was so vocally perfect
otherwise. On the other hand, someone who pretended to forget as part
of the act would be unacceptable to me. But someone who creates new
lyrics based on an instrumental solo (vocalise) is a high form of the
art of lyric writing and delivery... Jon Hendricks, Kurt Elling and
Giacomo Gates being prime examples. Meredith d'Ambrosio who composes
paraphrases - both new melody and lyric on standard changes - is pretty
much in a special class by herself.
Jazz After Hours, PRI
On Thursday, February 28, 2008, at 08:23 AM, Swingin Fox wrote:
> Hi, JPLers
> I have been listening to some new vocalists CD's and would love to
> hear some opinions about this from jazz programmers/
> How do you feel about vocalists who mess up some words in the
> lyric..purposely or not?
> Juat curious. Do you listen for that?
> Micele Grey
> Swingin' Fox Music
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