24 january 2019

An offshoot from the original Paris Swingle Singers  (1963-1973): the 1976 album “Quire is a choir” (reissued to CD in Japan in 2002), performed by Christiane Legrand and two other former members of the ensemble (and joined by a fourth singer to form a vocal quartet). I chanced upon a contemporary review as I was working on my “ultimate” Swingle Singers discography. The ensemble, underpinned by a small rhythmic section comprised of stalwarts from the Swingle Singers era, like Daniel Humair and Guy Pedersen, covers – “imitates”, or “reproduces”, would be even better words, when you look at the process of making the album – some great jazz standards, in the dee-dumming style invented by Ward Swingle. Exciting, fun, and sometimes – when the sopranos have to go in the stratosphere to imitate the upper reaches of the piano – even clownesque. It was the group’s only album.

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