David Hajdu
February 11, 1994 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Jazz Singer

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
88 minutes
performer
Al Jolson
director
Alan Crosland
distributor
Warner Bros.
author
Samson Raphaelson
genre
Musical, Drama
We gave it an A

The missing link between Dr. Dre and Dr. Seuss, improvisational vocalist-lyricist Jefferson (who died in 1979) made a quirky career out of combining super-cool street attitude and playful stream-of-consciousness language. This compilation of material recorded from 1959 to ’65 includes such jazz standards as ”So What” and ”Lester’s Trip to the Moon,” with casually purling words added by Jefferson. The Jazz Singer (Evidence) is a kicky pleasure that rescues a truly original artist from undue oblivion. A

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