Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A Look At A Real 60's Jazz Vocal Recording Session

Here's a gem of a video that not only shows what it was really like in the studio back in the early 60's, but just how good some of the musicians were back the. It's called The Audition At RCA and it's about the great jazz vocalist Dave Lambert. It was also one of famed documentary maker D.A. Pennebaker's first films. He was famous for music docs like Don't Look Back with Bob Dylan, Monterey Pop, and Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, among others.

Dave Lambert was one the first true jazz vocalists as well as the originator of vocalese. You won't find any autotune on these vocals, that's for sure. Give the video a few minutes, it's gets better as it goes along.

I love how sterile the studio was in those days. There's no vibe to the studio whatsoever, but it never seems to matter in this case as everyone just smokes. Also check out the 3 track recorder, the sound of the drums, and the label guys hanging in the control room.

Lambert from Peter on Vimeo.
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1 comment:

Steve said...

Very interesting stuff.....

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