These are the seminal sessions in vocalese which spawned a whole host of singers--including Manhattan Transfer--working in this style today. Taking Eddie Jefferson's lead, King Pleasure developed his own style and material in the idiom. Noteworthy is the participation of Jon Hendricks as singer and co-lyricist on "Don't Get Scared," Pleasure's version of a Swedish recording by Stan Getz. Following in the wake of Jefferson and Pleasure was Annie Ross, later to team up with Hendricks and Dave Lambert. She does for Wardell Gray what Jefferson and Pleasure had done for James Moody and Lester Young. This includes the original recording of "Twisted" as well as Pleasure evergreens "Parker's Mood" and "Red Top." With the addition of "I'm in the Mood for Love" (formerly titled "Moody's Mood for Love," Pleasure's biggest hit) and three other bonus tracks, this Compact Disc now contains virtually everything King Pleasure recorded for Prestige.
with Betty Carter, John Lewis, Percy Heath, J.J. Johnson, Paul Chambers, Jon Hendricks, Art Blakey, and others