Saturday, 30 October 2010

I Love Dave Lambert

With the latest episode of Mad Men fresh in my mind (Season 4 is still ongoing in the UK), I felt it pertinent to wax lyrical about Dave Lambert. WHAT A GUY. An incredibly talented jazz vocalist and arranger, he pioneered the vocal-harmony-heavy brand of jazz ('Vocalese') which you'd associate with TV advert jingles like this.

Lambert had a trio (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross) that recorded three classic albums on Capitol in the early 60s (For those with Spotify I have compiled them):

The following video, found thanks to the guys over at the Soul Strut forum, is properly good like pet. It's a behind-the-scenes look at Dave Lambert auditioning for a new band at RCA studios, after the demise of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross. It is such a pleasure to be able to see footage from the legendary studio in use, and to see the genius that is Dave Lambert at work. If you're not interested in vintage recording studios, as you may well not be, then just skip to 2:50 for some gorgeous 5-part-harmony:


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