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Lambert, Hendricks & Ross was a vocalese trio formed by jazz vocalists Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross.

The group formed in 1957, and recorded their first album Sing A Song of Basie for Paramount Records. The album featured versions of Count Basie standards, and was successful enough that the Count Basie Orchestra itself collaborated with them on 1959’s Sing Along With Basie. Sing A Song of Basie was awarded a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1998.

In 1959, the trio landed a contract with Columbia Records, for whom they recorded three LPs. Their song “Twisted,” featuring Ross’s lyrics set to a Wardell Gray melody, was featured in Woody Allen’s 1997 film Deconstructing Harry, and has been covered by Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler, among others. Their High Flying won a Grammy for Best Performance By A Vocal Group in 1962. Lambert, Hendricks & Ross were voted Best Vocal Group in the Down Beat Readers Poll from 1959 to 1963.

Annie Ross left the group in 1962, replaced by vocalist Yolande Bavan. The renamed Lambert, Hendricks and Bavan made three live albums before disbanding in 1964. Any hopes of a reunion of the original trio ended with Lambert’s 1966 death in a car accident.


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  • 1969SL

    Say whatever you want but for me it's all about Annie Ross. Her voice,talent and personality gives this trio a special flavor - Will Friedwald calls it "Annie Ross-ness".

    3 Apr 2012 Reply
  • iDearBach

    Cause I can't get well without Muskatel - Gimme That Wine!

    17 Oct 2010 Reply
  • neildomass

    OOPs... Mistype Lambert Hendricks & Bavan

    27 Feb 2010 Reply
  • neildomass

    Also Lambert Hendricks and Pavan

    27 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Sgarre1

    "Clap Hand, here comes Charlie" who the hell is drums and who is piano? Amazing stuff with no vocalese! drum solo = guitar solo

    29 Nov 2009 Reply
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    19 Sep 2009 Reply
  • PappaWheelie

    unhand that bottle!

    15 Jul 2009 Reply
  • sambumbia

    RadioHead, Beatles, Metallica...millions of hits. It takes an education to appreciate these three. No matter, we all know better. Cheers.

    29 Apr 2009 Reply
  • benjamincave

    the hottest new group in jazz is one of the best albums ever made. 'Blue' wasn't on the vinyl, but woweeeeee.... amazing. Amazing.

    10 Jan 2009 Reply
  • kismet_3

    Aaahhh,they are human heritage.

    15 Dec 2008 Reply
  • LondonLouis

    They remain incomparable. Also surprised by how few listeners they have attracted.

    3 Dec 2008 Reply
  • poppermost

    Coz I can't cut loose without my juice - Gimme That Wine!

    7 Oct 2008 Reply
  • MisterYich

    the more i'm with you pretty baaaaby.

    6 Oct 2007 Reply
  • gandydancer

    the best! why no listeners?

    16 Aug 2007 Reply
  • Fevronija

    Caravan is so lovely........

    24 Jul 2007 Reply

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