Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross were the state-of-the-art vocal jazz group of the late-’50s and early-’60s. More than any other group, LH&R brought real jazz ethos to harmony singing.
They swing. They scat. They collaborate with jazz masters like Count Basie, Joe Williams, Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck.
It’s a revolutionary sound – you are listening to horn players whose horn happens to be their voice. That had rarely happened before.
And they always had fun. Here’s their homage to Halloween, an original entitled “Halloween Spooks.” I like to think they were making a joke about the way the general population tends to hear scat singing.