A wonderful blend of jazz and poetry – sometimes sung, sometimes spoken – and served up in a set of very hip UK albums from the early 60s! First up is Loguerhythms/
Songs From The Establishment – a solo set by singer Annie Ross, done after she left the company of Jon Hendricks and Dave Lambert, and returned to her native UK – with words penned by offbeat poet Christopher Logue, and set to music by the combo of drummer Tony Kinsey! The tunes are playful, creative, and just the kind of unusual material that brings out the best in Annie Ross – that amazing spirit she first unlocked with a song like "Twisted", and which she continued with LHR – making the album one of her finest. Titles include "Bellini", "The Ass Song", "The General", "Things", "Go To The Wall", and "Western Ladies". Christopher Logue takes center stage on Red Bird – an album that mixes his spoken poetry with jazzy sounds from the Tony Kinsey Quintet – a very unusual mix, given Logue's style of elocution! The poet speaks with a slightly whimsical sound that's great for the material – mixed with gentle sounds on tenor, trumpet, and vibes – on titles that include "Steep Gloom Among Pine Trees", "Drunk As Drunk On Turpentine", "Tonight I Write Sadly", and "Sometimes It's Like You're Dead". The CD also features 8 more tracks with Annie Ross solo – "Everytime", "The Way You Look Tonight", "I Want You To Be My Baby", and "The Song Is You".