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Manhattan Transfer: Vocalese

That's Killer Joe
Rambo
Airegin
To You
Meet Benny Bailey
Another Night In Tunisia
Ray's Rockhouse
Blee Blop Blues
Oh Yes, I Remember Clifford
Sing Joy Spring
Move

Produced by Tim Hauser

Considered by some to be the apex of the Transfer's vocal development, "Vocalese" refers to the setting of lyrics to previously recorded instrumental compositions. With the contributions of Jon Hendricks (of the highly-regarded Lambert, Hendricks & Ross) and saxophonist Richie Cole, this CD was nominated for twelve Grammy's and won two-Best Jazz Vocal Performance and Best Arrangement for Voices. "Killer Joe" builds off of an undulating synthesizer bass riff, which is the foundation for some flashy vocal soloing, copping what were originally horn parts-vocalese! "Airegin" (Nigeria backwards) sets a pace fast and furious, "To You" is its complete opposite-slow, romantic, with a throaty tenor solo passage and back-ups by the Four Freshmen! "Another Night In Tunisia" allows guest Bobby McFerrin to display his trademark percussion and then sculpt a slurred vocal line, adding a dramatic vibrato for emphasis. Top form.

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Grammy Winner 1985 - Best Jazz Vocal Performance Group

Item code: 4110C | 1 CD | $10.98 |add item to cart
Vocal Jazz | Accompanied | Mixed | United States
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