Farmer’s Market – 1964

Annie Ross


A vocalese classic from one of the best

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Annie Ross (1930-2020) was one of the finest of all vocalese singers.

Vocalese is the art of creating a song with lyrics out of a recorded solo.

Ross had her greatest success with “Twisted” (based on a Wardell Gray solo) and became famous for her singing with Lambert, Hendricks and Ross during 1957-62.

After leaving the group, she settled in England and worked as both an actress and a singer.

Annie Ross’ second most famous song was “Farmer’s Market” which had her singing her lyrics to the solos of a quintet that included tenor-saxophonist Wardell Gray and trumpeter Art Farmer.

She is heard in peak form on this version from 1964 on which she is accompanied by the Tony Kinsey Quartet.

-Scott Yanow


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