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Gene Puerling, leader of the innovative vocal quartet the Hi-Lo's and a noted vocal arranger whose sophisticated harmonies influenced the sound of other groups, including the Beach Boys The Hi-Lo's rich sound sprang from Puerling arrangements that could make other performers swoon. Jazz pianist and TV host Steve Allen is said to have called the Hi-Lo's "the best vocal group of all time." Singer Bing Crosby reportedly said: "These guys are so good they can whisper in harmony." Puerling "exhumed songs from the past and reinvigorated them," creating "a catalog of grand American standards," Don Gold, a former Downbeat magazine editor, wrote in 2002 in the Chicago Tribune. One of the Hi-Lo's first recordings, Georgia, experienced some success, and the group received critical praise for pop renditions of such classic jazz tunes as Fascinatin' Rhythm and Skylark. Their 1956 album Suddenly It's the Hi-Lo's briefly became one of the Top 20 albums and two years later another, And All That Jazz, was highly praised

Accent

Accent: 6 Guys, 5 Countries, 1 Vocal Supergroup A "Stealth" Jazz Group, Accent Turns A Cappella Fans On to Jazz Harmony "Accent is the most amazing young vocal group on the planet! Great arrangers and singers, they come up with the most gorgeous harmonies, impeccable swing, grooves, feeling and pitch." - Jorge Calandrelli, Grammy Award-winning composer and arranger In the increasingly popular world of a cappella singing groups, Accent has carved out its own niche. Inspired by the wizardly jazz harmonies of TAKE 6 and, before them, The Hi-Lo's, the six men of Accent, all of them accomplished arrangers and instrumentalists in their own right, decided to take their love of close-harmony jazz singing - the denser and more intricate the better - as far as it could go. Accent is six singer/arrangers, all of whom have considerable musical careers in their home countries: Jean-Baptiste ("JB") Craipeau (France) - tenor 1; Simon Åkesson (Sweden) - tenor 2; Danny Fong (Canada) - tenor 3; Andrew Kesler (Canada) - tenor 4; James Rose (United Kingdom) - baritone; and Evan Sanders (USA) - bass

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Take Five With Janis Siegel

Read "Take Five With Janis Siegel" reviewed by Janis Siegel

Meet Janis Siegel: Over the past four decades, the voice of Janis Siegel, a nine-time Grammy winner and a seventeen-time Grammy nominee, has been an undeniable force in The Manhattan Transfer's diverse musical catalog. Alongside her career as a founding member of this musical institution, Siegel has also sustained a solo career that has spawned ...

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SuperSax Me

Read "SuperSax Me" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Back in the early 1970s bassist Buddy Clark and saxophonist Med Flory conceived a brilliant idea: to form a group (primarily a reed section with rhythm) that would use orchestrated arrangements of saxophonist Charlie Parker's transcendent bop solos as the basis for its music. As for a name, nothing less than SuperSax would suffice. The nine-piece ...

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Julia Dollison and Kerry Marsh: Raising Their Voices

Read "Julia Dollison and Kerry Marsh: Raising Their Voices" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

It's nice when people of similar interest and ambitions come together. Nicer still, when those things form the basis of a personal relationship; a partnership that results in the ultimate collaboration--marriage. For Julia Dollison and Kerry Marsh--singers who are also heavily involved in education, heightened by their successful operation of the jazz vocal program at California ...

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Gene Puerling, 78; Vocal Arranger Led the Innovative Hi-Lo's Quartet

Gene Puerling, 78; Vocal Arranger Led the Innovative Hi-Lo's Quartet

Gene Puerling, leader of the innovative vocal quartet the Hi-Lo's and a noted vocal arranger whose sophisticated harmonies influenced the sound of other groups, including the Beach Boys, died March 25. He was 78. Puerling, a longtime resident of San Anselmo, Calif., died of complications of diabetes at a Bay Area hospital, said Don Shelton, who ...


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