(Pizza Express Dean Street. July 1st 2011. Part of Bluesfest London. Review by Kai Hoffman)
What an immense pleasure to see co-inventor of the vocalese, Annie Ross, in the wonderfully intimate setting of Pizza Express Dean St last week. A founding-member of the ground-breaking Lambert, Hendricks & Ross in the late 1950s, her ‘Twisted’ has become part of the standard repertoire, pushing the boundaries of vocal jazz.
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With the brilliantly sensitive backing of her New York-based pianist, Tardo Hammer, and UK-based experts Arnie Somogyi, double bass, and Harold Fisher, drums, Annie’s masterful interpretation brought new emphasis to tunes like ‘Bye Bye Blackbird,’ and her signature ‘Twisted’ was performed at a good, fast clip. Her classic Lambert, Hendricks and Ross tune ‘Come On Home’ was heart-felt and direct. ‘Lush Life’ was achingly poignant – and was perfectly balanced by the comic tune ‘One Meatball.’
In spite of having flown in from New York earlier in the day, the eighty-one year old Ross also looked incredibly glamourous, as you would expect from a multi-award-winning legend who has recorded with
the Louis Armstrong, Chet Baker, the Count Basie band, Art Farmer, and Gerry Mulligan, to name just a few.
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You're absolutely right. I saw her on Sunday evening and she was great. One of the best versions of “I'll guess I'll hang my tears out to dry” ever. Great backing from the trio as well.