Les Double Six: Les Double Six
This twenty-song retrospective covers sessions recorded during five intervals between 1959 and 1962. Half of the tunes are connected with Quincy Jones - they're either his compositions or were recorded by his orchestra (or both). In all cases, this is vocalese at its finest; all of the arrangements and vocal solos are true to the versions recorded by the bands who made them famous. The ability of these six voices to execute lightning-quick lines with perfect phrasing and close harmonies often leaves me in jaw-dropped astonishment. There are too many highlights here to single out any in this review - it's all outstanding. These singers are deeply steeped in the jazz tradition.
If you enjoy the works of any of the groups mentioned at the beginning of this review, you simplymustseek out this recording.
Track Listing: For Lena and Lennie; Rat Race; Stockholm Sweetnin'; Boo's Bloos; Doodlin'; Meet Benny Bailey; Evening in Paris; Count 'em; Tickle Toe; Early Autumn; Sweets; Naima; Westwood Walk; A Night in Tunisia; A Ballad; Scrapple from the Apple; Boplicity; Moanin'; Fascinating Rhythm; Walkin'. (68:11)
Personnel: Mimi Perrin, Ward Swingle, Jean-Claude Briodin, Jacques Denjean, Christiane Legrand, Monique Aldebert, Louis Aldebert, Jean-Louis Conrozier, Roger Guerin, Claudine Barge, Eddy Louiss - vocals; Art Simons, Georges Arvanitas, Rene Urtreger - piano; Michel Gaudry, Pierre Michelot - bass; Daniel Humair, Christian Garros, Kenny Clarke - drums; Elek Bacsik, Paul Piguilhem - guitar; Jean-Pierre Drouet - bongos, Eddy Louiss - vibes.
Record Label: RCA Victor