Singers.com: VoicesIowa: How Do You Keep the Music Playing (00 1 CD)

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VoicesIowa: How Do You Keep the Music Playing

Song Name   Composer   Arranger
Since All is Passing   Paul Hendemith
I Hear Music   Phil Mattson
How Do You Keep The Music Playing   Phil Mattson
Jubilee   Michele Weir
Body And Soul   Phil Mattson
Yag Vet In Delig Rosa   Mikael Raiberg
Love For Sale   Phil Mattson
Embraceable You   Phil Mattson
Yours In My Heart Alone   Phil Mattson
Dancing In The Dark   Phil Mattson
Bons Amigos   Phil Mattson
That Lonesome Road   James Taylor   Simon Carrington

Produced by Phil Mattson Directed by Phil Mattson

Protogees of Phil Mattson, Voices Iowa are students at the prestigious School For Music Vocations/Southwestern Community College. Under such tutelage, one recognizes a burgeoning talent that will be the vocal jazz sound of tomorrow. Indeed, Bobby McFerrin's "Jubilee" is an athletic workout requiring stamina and fortitude, while, on the opposite end of the spectrum, "Body and Soul" demands an equal measure of control and abandon (the latter a Grammy nominated arrangement originally written for the Manhattan Transfer, and complimented by Richie Cole's saxophone). Cole Porter's "Love For Sale" (a cappella) is anchored by a finger-snapping rhythm and connected by walking bass notes, and finishes with an aexhilarating vocal glissando, a veritable firecracker.

1108 00 1 CD $14.98   Mixed | 6 Members | United States | | Vocal Jazz CDs
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Singers.com: VoicesIowa: You Must Believe in Spring (00 1 CD)

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VoicesIowa: You Must Believe in Spring

Song Name   Composer
What A Wonderful World
Pick Yourself Up
Largo
Revoici Venir Du Printemps
Come Sunday
Lo How A Rose E're Blooming
Love is Here to Stay
Music For Lovers
More I Cannot Wish You
And So It Goes   Billy Joel
Look for the Silver Lining
You Must Believe in Spring

Directed by Phil Mattson

The Southwestern Community College has a tradition of turning out excellent harmony singers, under the direction of the highly-respected director Phil Mattson. The six-piece mixed "Voices Iowa" is a fine example. "Pick Yourself Up" is a dizzying rendition of the Kern/Fields classic, a daring flight into the upper registers. Bach's "Largo" yields willingly to a fine scat treatment; "Come Sunday" has the same heartbreakingly beautiful arrangement as that of the Real Group, but the tone qualities of the voices are quite distinct to Voices Iowa. "What A Wonderful World" comes alive, the notes a joyous burst of sunshine on a spring morning.

1109 00 1 CD $14.95   Mixed | 6 Members | United States | | Vocal Jazz CDs
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Singers.com: VoicesIowa: Here's To Life! (00 1 CD)

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VoicesIowa: Here's To Life!

Song Name   Arranger
Here's To Life   Phil Mattson
Almighty God/Heaven   Phil Mattson
Gold Mine   Mervyn Warren
Corcavado   Phil Mattson
Blues In The Night   Phil Mattson
If I Loved You   Phil Mattson
Satchmo   Ward Swingle
I Remember Clifford   Phil Mattson
Sa Skimrande Var Aldrig Havet   Anders Edenroth

Produced by Phil Mattson / Voicesiowa Directed by Phil Mattson

The bouyant sound of the Voices Iowa, conducted and arranged by Phil Mattson, certainly one of the most prominent jazz educators in the field. Emanating from the same general neighborhood as the Singers Unlimited or Real Group, Voices Iowa actually covers one Real Group arrangement on this CD-"Sa Skimrande Var Aldrig Havet"-as well as Take 6's "Gold Mine," so they certainly set a high standard for themselves. "Blues In the Night" is smoky and seductive, "Satchmo" a picaresque tribute to Louis Armstrong that sets lyrics to a Joplin rag. "If I Loved You" is is an economical a cappella version that shows why Phil Mattson is so respected-every note is important, neither too many or too few. Five of the songs are accompanied.

1112 00 1 CD $14.98   Mixed | 6 Members | United States | | Vocal Jazz CDs
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Singers.com: VoicesIowa: September Song (00 1 CD)

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VoicesIowa: September Song

Song Name   Composer   Arranger
Facinating Rhythm   Phil Mattson
Speak Low   Phil Mattson
I'm Beginning to See the Light   Phil Mattson
Close Enough For Love   Phil Mattson
I've Got You Under My Skin   Phil Mattson
That's What Friends Are For   Burt Bacharach   Phil Mattson
I'm In The Mood For Love   Phil Mattson
Mack The Knive   Phil Mattson
'S Wonderful   Phil Mattson
September Song   Phil Mattson

Produced by Phil Mattson Directed by Phil Mattson

Mixed sextet (3 men, 3 women) VoicesIowa, ably produced by the renowned Phil Mattson (who also did all the arrangements), brings us ten mellow jazz classics: George and Ira Gershwin's "Fascinating Rhythm" and 'S Wonderful," Kurt Weill's "Speak Low," "Mack The Knife" and "September Song," Duke Ellington's "I'm Beginning To See The Light," "Close Enough For Love," "I've Got You Under My Skin," Stevie Wonder's "That's What Friends Are For" and "I'm In The Mood For Love." VoicesIowa is associated with the excellent Southwestern Community College School For Music Vocations, where the CD was recorded. This is bright, crisp, tight-harmonied, stunningly arranged, lightly accompanied (bass, drums and piano), smoky cool vocal jazz.

4492 00 1 CD $14.98   Mixed | 6 Members | United States | | Vocal Jazz CDs
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Singers.com: VoicesIowa: Without A Song - Tribute To Hoagy Carmichael (00 1 CD)

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VoicesIowa: Without A Song - Tribute To Hoagy Carmichael

Song Name   Composer   Arranger
Without A Song    Phil Mattson
The Song Is You   Phil Mattson
You Are the Sunshine of My Life   Phil Mattson
Alfie   Burt Bacharach / Hal David   Phil Mattson
Just The Way You Are   Phil Mattson
The Nearness of You   Phil Mattson
Heart and Soul   Phil Mattson
I Get Along Without You Very Well   Phil Mattson
Georgia On My Mind   Phil Mattson
Ole' Buttermilk Sky   Phil Mattson
Stardust   Phil Mattson
Lazybones   Phil Mattson
Two Sleepy People   Phil Mattson
Skylark   Phil Mattson
Lazy River   Phil Mattson
Over The Rainbow   Phil Mattson

Produced by Phil Mattson Directed by Phil Mattson

Renowned jazz educator Phil Mattson's sure touch is everywhere on "Without A Song;" all the arrangements are his, and he produces and plays light piano on the CD (bass and drums are also included on some cuts). Mattson protegees VoicesIowa, students or alumni of prestigious Southwestern Community College's School for Music Vocations (4 men, 2 women) have a bright, effortless sound that invites comparison with the Real Group and The Idea of North. Technically there are just 5 cuts on the CD, but on the first cut, for instance, a sleepy "Without A Song," segues into a scattish "The Song Is You," continues with a sweetly jazzy "You Are The Sunshine of My Life before returning to an upbeat "Without A Song" refrain; and cut 4, "A Hoagy Carmichael Tribute," includes the lightly accompanied "The Nearness of You," "Heart and Soul," "I Get Along Without You Very Well," "Georgia On My Mind," "Ole Buttermilk Sky," "Stardust," "Lazybones," "Two Sleepy People," "Skylark" and "Lazy River." Two a cappella tunes, "Alfie" and the final cut , "Over the Rainbow" are particularly nice. Mattson doesn't waste a note, and VoicesIowa is an apt, finely-tuned instrument for his genius.

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4588 00 1 CD $14.98   Mixed | Ensemble | United States | A Cappella | Vocal Jazz CDs
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Singers.com: Phil Mattson and VoicesIowa: Count Your Blessings (00 1 CD)

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Phil Mattson and VoicesIowa: Count Your Blessings

Song Name   Composer
Since All Is Passing
It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
Snow Covers the Valley
Jesu, Meine Freude
Alfie   Burt Bacharach / Hal David
Jubilee
Never Let Me Go
Satchmo
Friendship
Blues in the Night
Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)
Country Dances

Directed by Phil Mattson

Formed at Southwestern Community College's School for Music Vocations in 1991, the mixed-voice sextet VoicesIowa was recently honored by Down Beat Magazine as "Vocal Jazz Group of the Year." Their repertoire also includes Renaissance part-songs, 19th and 20th century compositions and arrangements of contemporary music. Their Director Phil Mattson has been nominated twice for Grammy Awards. These 12 songs, recorded live at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, MN, feature Mattson-arranged winners like "Snow Covers the Valley," Bach's "Jesu, Meine Freude," Burt Bacharach's "Alfie," "Never Let Me Go," Johnny Mercer/Harold Arlen's classic "Blues in the Night" and Irving Berlin's "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep." Ward Swingle's "Country Dances" and the Swingle-arranged "Satchmo," Duke Ellington's "Don't Mean A Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing," Anders Edenroth of the Real Group's "Friendship" and Bobby McFerrin's "Jubilee" are other favorites. Great stuff, from the first cut to the last!

Listen to Alfie in RealAudio.

7600 00 1 CD $15.95   Run Time: 57 Minutes | Mixed | Ensemble | United States | Vocal Jazz CDs
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Singers.com: Phil Mattson and VoicesIowa: Count Your Blessings (DVD)

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Phil Mattson and VoicesIowa: Count Your Blessings

Song Name   Composer
Since All Is Passing
It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
Snow Covers the Valley
Jesu, Meine Freude
Alfie   Burt Bacharach / Hal David
Jubilee
Never Let Me Go
Satchmo
Friendship
Blues in the Night
Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)
Country Dances

Directed by Phil Mattson

Formed at Southwestern Community College's School for Music Vocations in 1991, the mixed-voice sextet VoicesIowa was recently honored by Down Beat Magazine as "Vocal Jazz Group of the Year." Their repertoire also includes Renaissance part-songs, 19th and 20th century compositions and arrangements of contemporary music. Their Director Phil Mattson has been nominated twice for Grammy Awards. These 12 songs, recorded live at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, MN, feature Mattson-arranged winners like "Snow Covers the Valley," Bach's "Jesu, Meine Freude," Burt Bacharach's "Alfie," "Never Let Me Go," Johnny Mercer/Harold Arlen's classic "Blues in the Night" and Irving Berlin's "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep." Ward Swingle's "Country Dances" and the Swingle-arranged "Satchmo," Duke Ellington's "Don't Mean A Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing," Anders Edenroth of the Real Group's "Friendship" and Bobby McFerrin's "Jubilee" are other favorites. Great stuff, from the first cut to the last!

Listen to Alfie in RealAudio.

7600 DVD $24.95   Run Time: 57 Minutes | Mixed | Ensemble | United States | Vocal Jazz DVDs
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