Narrated by jazz writer Al Young, "Saying It With Jazz" delves into how and why certain singers find jazz singing the musical means for expressing emotion. Carmen McRae, Lorez Alexandria, Etta Jones, Carol Sloane, Madeline Eastman, and Rebecca Parris attest that lyrics are what attract them to a song. And the opportunity to express their emotions in song is what attracts them to jazz singing.
A segment is devoted to each singer, with McRae as the "grande dame" of jazz singers starting off the hour-long documentary. (Since the creation of this video, three of the six women portrayed have passed away: McRae in 1994, Alexandria in May, 2001, and Jones in October, 2001. Also gone are Joe Williams, who comments about Eastman, Concord Records founder Carl Jefferson, who talks about the difficulty a singer faces achieving popularity; and Shirley Horn, who talks about Parris) Record producer Orrin Keepnews and announcer Bob Parlocha* discuss the importance of a singer having a CD.
*see Bob's website: www.jazzwithbobparlocha.com
|Al Young has written poetry, novels, essays, movie scripts, and numerous liner notes. He was named the poet laureate of California in 2005. For more information, see www.alyoung.org|