The Four Freshmen

By J Poet

 

The Four Freshman never won a Grammy, but they’re one of the most influential jazz vocal harmony groups in pop music. While they were a self-contained instrumental combo as well, it was their unique method of singing “open harmonies” that made them innovative. To sing five part chords, they spread the notes they sang over a wide harmonic range to produce and overtones that created the illusion of the fifth voice. They always sag a bit behind the beat, giving the vocals a full, rich, relaxed sound. The Beach Boys modeled their harmonies on the Freshman sound, and... Read More

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