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Chameleon by Vox One

This is possibly the best vocal jazz recording, ever. Vox One wanted to make real jazz, music that would turn the heads of critics more used to instrumental jazz. Their recording for Primarily A Cappella Records features songs that are mostly standards from the jazz world: Coltrane's "Naima," Monk's "'Round Midnight" and more. The group's perfectionist streak, musical sophistication and enormous talent combine to produce songs that satisfy on many different levels.

The title tune and "Teen Town" feature a wailing half human, half guitar cry that's a new level of fusion between musician and instrument. "Chameleon," nominated for a 1998 CARA along with a nomination for the entire CD, also includes meter play, found elsewhere on the recording - for example, a "bass" and "drum" polymeter interaction opens "All Blues," and returns for a dueling duet break - wow! "Danny Boy" provides a break in the jazz standards, with Jodi Jenkins' incredible soprano voice infusing a passion in the second verse that sends shivers up and down the spine. The richness of the blend is reminiscent of Singers Unlimited, but when it's time to add that edge, as in "Teen Town" with the amazing bass "guitar" and electric lead "guitar" solos, Vox One lets it rip. If you like vocal jazz this is an absolutely essential recording!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Vox One
  • CD Title: Chameleon
  • Genre: Jazz Vocals
  • Year Released: 1998
  • Record Label: Primarily A Cappella Records
  • Rating: Five Stars
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