Bob Dorough, Yardbird Suite (1956)
I used to listen to this album – and I thought it was bonkers. And then I bought this Miles Davis tape for about $4 (a cheap compilation) – and at the end of the tape it had this song that went “merry x-mas…” with this cartoon-type voice. (The song is Blue Xmas). The singer, I knew – straight away – was the very same: Bob Dorough. You don’t forget that voice. To this day I cannot forget that voice. To this day I alternate between thinking this is ludicrous and brilliant. A good thing, I reckon. It keeps me puzzled, keeps me going back. This guy (with his decent piano playing and his bonkers-but-kinda-cool voice) had/has his own style. Okay, he’s not quite Mose Allison-cool. But he played with some great people – so he must have something right? What he has is a bonkers-but-kinda-cool voice. And that’s enough to keep me puzzled, keeps me going back to listening to it now and then, keeps me alternating between thinking he’s ludicrous and brilliant.
Sample Track: Polka Dots And Moonbeams
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