In 1952, Ross met Prestige Records owner Bob Weinstock, who asked her to write lyrics to a jazz solo, in a similar way to King Pleasure, a practice that would later be known as vocalese. The next day, she presented him with "Twisted", a treatment of saxophonist Wardell Gray's 1949 composition of the same name, a classic example of the genre.]
The song, first released on the 1952 album King Pleasure Sings/Annie Ross Sings
, was an underground hit, and resulted in her winning Down Beat'
s New Star award. Her first solo album, Singin' and Swingin'
(1952), was recorded in New York with members of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Other albums include Annie by Candlelight
(1956), Sings a Song with Mulligan
(1958) with baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker on trumpet, A Gasser!
(1959) with Zoot Sims, In Hoagland
(1981) with Georgie Fame and Hoagy Carmichael, and Music Is Forever
(1995) featuring Tommy Flanagan on piano.