Duke Ellington was a revolutionary voice in jazz history. He was a composer, arranger, pianist and bandleader, with his compositions ranking as some of the most significant musical works of the 20th century. He has been a key influence on all members of Threebop; so much so that when we were discussing whose music we should feature in our third project, he was a natural first choice that excited us all equally. Ellington’s rich harmonic palette and soaring iconic melodies have stood the test of the time and we can’t wait to put our spin on them - from household classics to lesser-known gems. Although this may seem somewhat of a departure from the Threebop classic bop sound, these new arrangements strive to uncover a new take on vocal arranging, whilst still maintaining the group’s roots of the vocalese tradition.
The Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley album is one of the most successful vocal Jazz albums of all time. After discovering that we are all absolutely in love with this record we felt it was right to explore this music even further. Therefore we have arranged this incredible music for three voices along with writing original vocalese lyrics on the famous solos from the album.
Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley are both renowned soloists in their own right and this album brings to light both musician’s exquisite talents showcasing Cannonballs’ effortlessly melodic soloing and Wilson’s honeyed vocal tones and unique interpretation of melodies and lyrics through her singing.