trumpet solo on “Moanin’” (see the video here), and while her CD version is wonderful, I’ve chosen her up-tempo version of “My Shining Hour” for her marvelous scat solo. Wardell approaches scatting in a purely instrumental manner, and her deep knowledge of chromatic harmony allows her to explore the nooks and crannies within the chord changes. In her three-chorus scat solo, she darts through the chords with ease, creating bop lines that would make an instrumentalist proud. She outlines chords particularly well, her note choices are surprising, and her phrase lengths are quite varied—all elements that are usually missing in scat solos. Her improvisations could—and should—change the way the jazz audience hears and appreciates vocal jazz. All that is necessary is for Anita Wardell to be heard.
April 02, 2009 · 0 commentsTags: my shining hour
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