Dave Lambert: Audition at RCA - JazzWax

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May 31, 2011


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A great find! George Duvivier on bass.

Bill Forbes

A great film, recently discussed on the Organissimo jazz forum:


Denis Ouellet

Heartwarming. An icon.
The music is sublime.
Thank you

Justin Freed

Marc, I am deeply indebted to you for posting this moving and beautiful jazz masterwork. All the more important as a document of a lost session, touchingly captured by Pennebaker. Thank you, Justin Freed

Richard Salvucci

Everybody's Boppin. No wonder my Dad held Dave Lambert in such high regard.


On the forum referenced in a comment above, Larry Kart and Jim Sangrey have identified the pianist as one Moe Wechsler, busy session pianist, who's credits include "Mr. Sandman" by the Chordettes, a big band take of "Flying Home" on an Ella Fitzgerald anthology, and one or two bonus cuts from the reissue of Quincey Jones' "Birth of a Band."


What a gem!! For as influential as LH&R were, there's not a ton of material out there. I'd love to see a box set with outtakes, unreleased tracks or video...


Thanks for posting this wonderful film. It feels like we are watching footage from a world as far removed from ours as King Arthur & The Round Table. DAL

Jery Rowan


Thought I'd been transported back to an old Stan Freberg sketch as Lambert and pianist Moe Wechsler discussed the chart they were going to run down. So charming, so hip, so cool. Loved it.

And the vocals only reinforced the fond memories I have of LH&R.

A real treasure, Marc. Many thanx for sharing.

Han Schulte

"Blow the Man Down" was recorded by Bill Smith in 1959 for Contemporary so five years prior to Dave Lambert's RCA audition.

Steve C

What a great video!! Thank you..!


Dave sure could put voices together nicely...the slow number on here reminds me of LRH's 'Midnight Indigo' on the Ellington album.

BTW the 'Blow The Man Down' by Bill Smith referenced above is not the same song in the film. Smith's is a version of the old sea shanty.

Wayne Corey

Amazing stuff. What a shame we didn't get to enjoy this group for years!

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