Footprints There's a tradition of setting lyrics to classic jazz instrumentals: Lambert, Hendricks & Ross; Rahsaan Roland Kirk's verses for Charles Mingus' "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat,"… Footprints There's a tradition of setting lyrics to classic jazz instrumentals: Lambert, Hendricks & Ross; Rahsaan Roland Kirk's verses for Charles Mingus' "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat,"… 2006-04-18 Karrin Allyson Jazz
Music Review

Footprints (2006)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Apr 18, 2006; Lead Performance: Karrin Allyson; Genre: Jazz

There's a tradition of setting lyrics to classic jazz instrumentals: Lambert, Hendricks & Ross; Rahsaan Roland Kirk's verses for Charles Mingus' ''Goodbye Pork Pie Hat,'' etc. But the practice known as vocalese still takes chutzpah. On Footprints, the elegant, understated Karrin Allyson wisely enlists vocalese pioneer Jon Hendricks, who reprises his verses to Horace Silver's ''Strollin','' and West Coast secret Nancy King, who scats and duets radiantly throughout. So even when Chris Caswell's lyrics falter, the singers, with assists from pianist Bruce Barth and others, set the words aloft.

Originally posted Apr 14, 2006 Published in issue #873 Apr 21, 2006 Order article reprints