The Jazz Singer

Genre: Reissues, Jazz; Lead Performer: Eddie Jefferson; Producer (group): Evidence

The missing link between Dr. Dre and Dr. Seuss, improvisational vocalist-lyricist Jefferson (who died in 1979) made a quirky career out of combining super-cool street attitude and playful stream-of-consciousness language. This compilation of material recorded from 1959 to ‘65 includes such jazz standards as ”So What” and ”Lester’s Trip to the Moon,” with casually purling words added by Jefferson. The Jazz Singer (Evidence) is a kicky pleasure that rescues a truly original artist from undue oblivion. A

Originally posted February 11 1994 — 12:00 AM EST

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