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Vocal Jazz Group Recordings

The only thing better than sitting in a small, intimate club, listening to a smooth vocal jazz group deliver powerful music is taking that group's music away with you, sticking it into the CD player, and enjoying it in the privacy of your own home. With sounds so warm you can wrap yourselves in them like a comfy afghan, whether you're a fan of male groups, female groups or those who have the best of both worlds ˆ male and female voices - you'll find at least one group whose music you want to take home and cuddle up to here.

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VoicesIowa : Here's To Life!

Review: 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.

Songlist: Here's To Life, Almighty God/Heaven, Gold Mine, Corcavado, Blues In The Night, If I Loved You, Satchmo, I Remember Clifford, Sa Skimrande Var Aldrig Havet

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VoicesIowa : How Do You Keep the Music Playing

Review: 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.

Songlist: Since All is Passing, I Hear Music, How Do You Keep The Music Playing, Jubilee, Body And Soul, Yag Vet In Delig Rosa, Love For Sale, Embraceable You, Yours In My Heart Alone, Dancing In The Dark, Bons Amigos, That Lonesome Road

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VoicesIowa : September Song

Review: 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.

Songlist: Facinating Rhythm, Speak Low, I'm Beginning to See the Light, Close Enough For Love, I've Got You Under My Skin, That's What Friends Are For, I'm In The Mood For Love, Mack The Knive, 'S Wonderful, September Song

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VoicesIowa : Without A Song - Tribute To Hoagy Carmichael

Review: 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.

Songlist: Without A Song , The Song Is You, You Are the Sunshine of My Life, Alfie, Just The Way You Are, 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, Lazy River, Over The Rainbow

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VoicesIowa : You Must Believe in Spring

Review: 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.

Songlist: 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, Look for the Silver Lining, You Must Believe in Spring

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Vox Concordia : Making Notes

Review: Vox Concordia is a four-man, four-women Vocal Jazz octet from England, who bring us this excellent debut recording of 14 a cappella tunes. They begin with two arranged by Jonathan Rathbone, ex-Musical Director of the Swingle Singers, "Jeepers Creepers" and "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square," a Graham Smith arrangement of the Carpenters' hit "Superstar, a Swingles arrangement of "It Don't Mean a Thing (if it Ain't Got that Swing)," a live, rousing cover of Stephen Foster's "Oh, Susannah!" (with the first faux banjo we've heard)," the very funny live "Adieu, Mon Amour," Irving Berlin's "Puttin' on the Ritz," Randy Newman's touching "When She Loved Me," the pulse-quickening "All Rise," and finally "A Celtic Prayer" with music by Graham Webb are favorites. This is a fine recording and a great addition to anybody's collection.

Songlist: Jeepers Creepers, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, Superstar, The Way You Look Tonight, It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing), Smile, Oh Susannah!, Adieu, Mon Amour, A Dream Is A Wish, Puttin On The Ritz, When She Loved Me, Soul Bossa Nova, All Rise, A Celtic Prayer

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Review: This may well be the last album of jazz virtuosos, Vox One." These musicians created the most polished jazz (on the rock and blues edge of the spectrum) by anyone so far. Meticulous arrangements sung by superb performers make you forget any prior arrangement that was the benchmark to your mind's ear for how a particular song was supposed to sound. From the opening wail of the vocal electric guitar and definitive drum beat on "Chameleon" to the complex chord structures on "Round Midnight," you will be lost in a panoply of possibilities for the human voice. John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Harold Arlen, Herbie Hancock, Theolonius Monk and more are treated with nothing short of the genius they deserve. The title cut from one of our best selling CD's ever, "Chameleon," is a cool and refreshing cocktail of vocal jazz. Having emerged from the highly regarded Berklee School of Music, their sound reflects the talent and training that enables them to articulate sophisticated musical concepts with ease. This amazingly rich sonic tapestry is heard in the bent notes of the "guitar" and the slur of the "bass" on this track-amazing!

Songlist: Chameleon, Naima (My Dreams), Moonglow, All Blues, Danny Boy, On Green Dolphin Street, You Don't Know What Love Is, Over the Rainbow, Teen Town, 'Round Midnight

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9240c | 1 CD | $9.95 | A Cappella || Vocal Jazz CDs

Vox One : Out There

Review: In announcing the CARA winners for 1996, the Contemporary A Cappella Newsletter used the following statement to announce the Album Of The Year. "In a year of extremely strong nominees for best album, Vox One's little-publicized "Out There" takes first place because it has everything. Exceptional songwriting, glowing arrangements, magnificent solo performances and top rate production all combine to make this the sleeper album of 1995. Somehow Vox One manages to combine elements of pop, rock, blues and jazz without compromising the exacting demands of any of the styles. The resulting blend is infectious and definitive, proving "Out There" to be one of the best contemporary albums ever." We couldn't have said it better ourselves.

Songlist: Searching For You, Whisper When I Speak, The Eyes Of A Jungle, Gone By, Save Me, The Sky Is Crying, Say You'll Always Be, That Which You Love, Morning, Out There

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Vox One : Pure Imagination onsale

Review: What immediately strikes one upon listening to Vox One's new "Pure Imagination" CD is how good they are not in a flashy, notice we are brilliant singers kind of way, but in a deeply felt, technically beyond question, born to sing way that shows us all of us lesser talents how its done. After seven years, one of a cappella's most accomplished (and recognized) vocal jazz groups returns to the CD player with a satisfying collection of originals, covers and improvs. Yes, Vox One has matured and is exploring new styles, including Indian ragas and world music tinged vocal jams. For those loyal listeners who loved "Chameleon," "Out There" and "Say You Love Me" and have been waiting for an encore, there are the standards such as "Pure Imagination" (written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley), and the traditional "Aura Lee," but there are plenty of new songs composed by the group, as well as the six improvised tracks that offer plenty of room for the the five members (Yumiko Matsuoka, Paul Pampinella, Paul Stiller, Jodi Jenkins Ainsworth and Tom Baskett) to stake out new vocal territory. These Berklee College of Music faculty members exemplify what it is to harmonize, blend and intonate with sublime perfection, and we thank them!

Songlist: Pure Imagination, Kind of a 3Paul Stiller, Improv 1, Simple Gifts, Improv 2, Try, Take Me Out To The Ballgame, Improv 3, Woodstock, Leave It To Me, Improv 4, Aura Lee, Improv 5, I Wish, You Know

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Vox One : Say You Love Me onsale

Review: This Japanese release features seven songs not before released in the U.S.. For fans of Vox One, we are already preaching to the choir, but for the uninitiated, this contemporary jazz quintet has all of the technique of the Real Group, with a compelling edge of intensity and emotion. Therefore, a traditional such as "Shenandoah," using brilliant dynamics, phrasing and an admirable combination of tension and release, is transcendent, whereas classic pop - Carol King's "It's Too Late" - is given a heartbreaking harmonic complexity and richness. The arpeggiated chord accompaniment in the verse, so simple, yet effective, shows why a talented arranger can elevate the ordinary to greatness. When Vox One swings into the standard, "Autumn Leaves," they prove that they do no less than weave straw into gold.

Songlist: My Cherie Amour, Time After Time, Say You Love Me, Shenandoah, Whisper When I Speak , It's Too Late, Autumn Leaves, Lovin' You, Out There, White Christmas

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Vox One : Vox One

Review: As you might suspect from the self-titling, this is the first recording released in what has come to be recognized as the must-have trilogy of albums by Vox One. Lets go though it. "Edelweiss" is such a difficult harmonization that it became a signature performance tune for the group. "My Romance" almost sounds like a pop/jazz standard only better. "Why Blue" was written by member Yumiko Matsuoka and features a bass and percussive underpinning to a complex wordless scat that's nothing short of great. "The Water Is Wide" is just plain beautiful. "Respect"... well, move over Aretha (sacrilege!). There isn't room in this review! Suffice it to say that the three originals are a portent of things to come, the covers original.

Songlist: Edelweiss, My Romance, Why Blue?, The Water Is Wide, Respect, Ol' Man River, Move On, My Old Kentucky Home, Good Night!, Could You Believe, Missin' You, Amazing Grace

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Vox P : A Cappella Vocal Jazz

Review: Vox P, who hail from Denmark but sing in impeccable English, present a collection of standards performed with an undeniable intensity and brilliance. It's this kind of mastery that allows "Fly Me To The Moon" "What Kind of Fool Am I" and "I'm Just Foolin' Myself" to sound fresh and invigorating. The arrangements, by tenor and bass Bo Gad and Jacob Marstrand, are challenging, but never excessive. Soprano Henriette Moos and alto Birgitte Askou are formidable talents; the latter's ability to be both vixenish and achingly tender, coupled with her lustrous tone, are remarkable. The bass' use of "ghost notes" enable the rhythms to really swing. This is a CD you will play again and again.

Songlist: Fly Me to the Moon, What King of Fool Am I, Ability to Swing, Tux 66, He's Asleep, The Bare Necessities, I'm Just Foolin' Myself, Jeg Plukker Flojlsgraes, The Shape of My Heart, One Hundred Ways, A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes, Duet, A Cappella Wa-Ka-Doo, The Little Sandman

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Vozes Da Radio : Bruxas, Herois, e Males d'Amor

Review: Portugese jazz/contemporary group Vozes Da Radio's first album "Burxas, Herois & Males D'Amor" ("Witches, Heroes and Love Pains"), recorded in 1995, is mostly a cappella, mostly original, with all arrangements by the group. Considered one of the ten best CD's of the year by the Portugese newspaper "Publico," the group is well-known in their country and shares the bill at stadiums venues with pop and rock bands. The ballad "Ternura," accompanied by solo guitar, is one of their most-requested songs. In general their sound is vocal bass intensive, homophonic, with a natural vocal approach and minimal production or effects. Transcending the typical pop triads with non-diatonic chords and inversions, they have crafted an appealing adult contemporary style.

Songlist: Margarida, Quanto Ao Lembrar, Ternura, Super-Ome, Indios Da Meia Praia, Viagem (Carrocel), Negro Romance, As Voltas Do Vira, Doiro, Lagartixa Do Mal, Valsinha Do Adeaus, Di Voce

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Review: Rhiannon, Joey Blake and David Worm are veterans of Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra, and have been involved in the quest to determine how far the human voice can go, individually and with other voices. "World Tour 2007" is an amazing live recording of WeBe3's performance at the Vic in Santa Monica, with Rhiannon mostly singing the leads, Blake adding yummy deep bass lines and Worm making sounds very much like a man playing a drum set. There are 10 cuts, "The Wind," "Ascona Sky," the exotic "Istanbul Blue," "Zingahlae," with Joey taking the lead, the finger-snapping, stream-of-feline-consciousness "Dear Cats," "WeBe3," "Time Goes By," a worthy attempt to describe the experience of living in 3 minutes, "Spontaneous Swing," the crazed "Serbian Taxi Ride" and "Let It Be So." Each of these 3 to 7 minute pieces is at once funny, joyous, unexpected, liberating and amazing. "World Tour 2007" is a pair of top-drawer vocalists and a sublime vocal percussionist going off in the direction of the standing bass- and snare drum-accompanied beat poets at San Francisco coffee houses, but on a whole other level musically and improvisationally. "Live and Improvised" is surprising and delightful from the first cut to the last!

Songlist: The Wind, Ascona Sky, Istanbul Blue, Zingahlae, Dear Cats, WeBe3, Time Goes By, Spontaneous Swing, Serbian Taxi Ride, Let It Be So

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West Side 5 : West Side 5 onsale

Review: West Side Five is a New York City-based vocal jazz mixed voice quintet (3 men, 2 women), with Real Group, Manhattan Transfer and New York Voices influences. They perform original interpretations of jazz, pop and bossa nova standards at venues in the New York/New Jersey area. They also recently appeared at the Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweeps Regional in Washington, DC, and won first place and a trip to the 2010 Sweeps Finals in San Rafael! "West Side Five" is a four song Sampler CD, featuring "Pure Imagination," "Lullaby of Birdland," the Real Group-arranged "Thousand Things," and "Lil' Darlin'." We were treated to all but "Lullaby" in their excellent set at the Finals, and John Shumway's spectacular faux trumpet solo on"Lil' Darlin'" drew a huge ovation! The Five have a smooth, richly harmonic sound that compares with many of the elite vocal jazz groups, and we loved their live show. These four selections had us tapping our feet and wanting to hear more!

Songlist: Pure Imagination, Lullaby of Birdland, Thousand Things, Lil' Darlin

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West Side 5 : West Side 5

Review: We loved New York City's own 3 men, 2 women Vocal Jazz quintet West Side 5 at the 2010 Harmony Sweeps Finals in San Rafael, their first self-titled EP album, and "West Side 5," this remarkable 12-cut debut CD! The 5 have the kind of sophisticated, buttery jazz harmonies, sweet original arrangements of jazz, pop, show tunes and bossa nova songs and some of the best faux horns we've heard. Some favorites are Billy Strayhorn's "Take the A Train," the Disney standard "Someday My Prince Will Come," Sammy Cahn's "Call Me Irresponsible" and "I Fall In Love Too Easily;" George Shearing's "Lullabye of Birdland," Jones/Schmidt's poignant "Try to Remember," Hupfeld's "As Time Goes By," Tim Eller's bright, scattish "Self-Absorbed, and Newley/Bricusse's "Pure Imagination." "If they can make it there, they'll make it anywhere" is absolutely true, and Lara, Sara, John, Eric & Steven are commonly compared to such elite groups as the Real Group and New York Voices. Great jazz, album and group, don't miss this one!

Songlist: Take the 'A' Train, Someday My Price Will Come, Nobody But Yourself, Wave, Call Me Irresponsible, In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning, Lullaby of Birdland, As Times Goes By, Try To Remember, Self-Absorbed, I Fall In Love Too Easily, Pure Imagination

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Western Wind : My Funny Valentine

Review: The Western Wind was formed in 1969 and two of the founders are still singing. Perhaps the longevity of the group is due to the fact that their repertoire includes everything except heavy metal. This particular album includes classic American love songs form 1920 to 1950. The works include songs by Rogers and Hart, George Gershwin, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Brian Wilson and John Denver. Though mostly jazz, their classical training comes through on "My Funny Valentine," particularly. Two songs, "Oh, Lady Be Good" and "I Got Rhythm"were arranged by Dick Hyman who accompanies the group on piano. The cd notes include biographies of the composers and info about the music.

Songlist: I'm Beginning to See the Light, Mood Indigo, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, My Funny Valentine, Oh, Lady Be Good, I Got Rhythm, 'Round Midnight, Well You Needn't, Ruby My Dear, Leaving On A Jet Plane, I Can't Make You Love Me, In My Room, Sh'boom, Life Could Be A Dream

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Yumiko Matsuoka : To Every Thing There Is A Season

Review: Founder of legendary Boston-based Vocal Jazz group Vox One, Yumiko has always been one of our favorite vocalists and arrangers. She has two excellent collections of arrangements in the PAC catalog, "Collection Vol. 1" and "Collection Vol. 2." The Anthology "To Every Thing" is her first solo album, and it includes a piece Yumiko wrote for acoustic guitar for some friends' wedding, "Tsubasa," her arrangement of Billy Joel's "And So It Goes," performed by the Western Wind with Yumiko, and her marvelous arrangements of the English Traditional tunes "Scarborough Fair," "Black is the Color" and the title tune, performed by Boston Jazz Voices. The Western Wind also shines on Yumiko's arrangements of Lionel Bart's "Where Is Love" and Lennon/McCartney's "Eleanor Rigby." Yumiko's classically accompanied arrangement of Dylan's "Blowin' In The Wind," her lovely arrangement of Joanie Mitchell's "Both Sides Now," performed by Syncopation; and the Scottish Traditional "Skye Boat Song," performed by Yumiko with the women of the Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble, are all favorites. "To Every Thing" is a remarkable collection, highlighting the tremendous vocal, arranging and composing talents of Vocal Jazz master Yumiko!

Songlist: Tsubasa (wings), And So It Goes, Scarborough Fair, Brett, Where Is Love?, Black Is The Colour, Blowin' In The Wind, Eleanor Rigby, To Every Thing There Is A Season, Georgia On My Mind, Both Sides Now, Skye Boat Song

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Idea Of North : The Early Years

Review: A four piece mixed group from Australia, "The Idea of North" has compiled an eclectic mix of songs, performed and arranged in an accessible contemporary jazz style. About half are accompanied; the melody line on "My Funny Valentine" is played by a flugelhorn, and there is bass and percussion on several other songs (bassist Duncan Brown plays in the snappin' and poppin' style of the "Seinfeld" theme). "The 23rd Psalm" (arranged by McFerrin) and "Irish Blessing" reveals a traditional side, and "Just a Closer Walk With Thee" has a gospel inflection and ragtime vocal horn solo. James Taylor's "Shed a Little Light" and "That Lonesome Road" are included, as is Harry Connick's "Trouble." This is a "crossover" record: it could qualify in either the contemporary or jazz categories. The second CD.has guest artists, James Morrison on Trombone on "Mas Que Nada," and "Fragile," the only two very lightly accompanied songs. This is an impressive, confident CD, reminiscent of the Real Group, and all the tunes are so beautifully arranged, selected and performed, it's hard to pick favorites - so we just sat back and enjoyed the sweet jazzy ride. The full color, beautifully photographed liner notes are a perfect complement to the music. Recommended!

Songlist: Sweet, Sweet Spirit , Fragile, Triste, Takes My Breath Away, Amazing Grace, Trouble , Shed A Little Light/The Gulf War Song, Sitting In Limbo, My Funny Valentine, The 23rd Psalm, You've Got What It Takes, That Lonesome Road, Just A Closer Walk With Thee, The Irish Blessing, My Foolish Heart, Straight To My Heart, It's Alright With Me, Mas Que Nada, Neat Surprise, Singin' A Cappella, Gotta Move On, Two Sides to the Story, Fragile, Abide With Me

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Manhattan Transfer : Definitive Pop

Review: The ultimate Manhattan Transfer release! Here in this two CD collection are 30 of the fabulous vocal jazz quartet's best recordings spanning the 25 plus years they have been harmonizing together. All the greatest hits are here plus several of the group's personal favorite tracks. The release comes with a insert which includes photos and a history of the group. This is top-knotch four part vocal harmony!

Songlist: Tuxedo Junction, Java Jive, Candy, Gloria, Operator, Chanson D'Amour, The Speak Up Mambo, Four Brothers, Popsicle Toes, On A Little Street In Singapore, A Nightengale Sang In Berkeley Square, Until I Met You, Trickle Trickle, Twilight Zone, Bridland, Boy From New York City, Smile Again, Spice Of Life, Route 66, Mystery, Why Not! (Mahatten Carnival), Baby Come Back To Me (The Morse Code Of Love), Sing Joy Spring, Another Night In Tunesia, Soul Food To Go, So You Say, Stomp Of King Porter, Clouds, Nothing Could Be Hotter Than That, The Offbeat Of Avenues

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Singers Unlimited : The Complete A Cappella Sessions out of print

Review: It doesn't get any better than this! After years of being available only on the box set here is a 2 CD release of all 33 a cappella recordings (not including Christmas) of quite probably the best vocal jazz group ever. The arrangements of Gene Puerling are simply exquisite and his ability to transform a song to completely new heights is astounding. We carry many thousands of a cappella CDs and this release is, in our opinion, the most essential CD for the collection of any serious fan of a cappella music!

Songlist: Both Sides Now , London By Night, Here, There And Everywhere, Lullabye, Michelle, The Fool On The Hill, Emily, Since You Asked, More I Cannot Wish You, Try To Remember, Clair, Killing Me Softly with His Song, Yesterday, My Romance, Lost In The Stars, April In Paris, Girl Talk, Nature Boy, I Don't Know Where I Stand, Autumn In New York, Like Someone In Love, Indian Summer, Anything Goes, The Way We Were, One More Time Chuck Corea, Sweet Lorraine, Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair, Someone To Light Up My Life, Love Is Here To Stay, The Entertainer, and more

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Manhattan Transfer : Only The Best of the Manhattan Transfer

Review: A collection of both live and studio recordings covering the quartet's early years and all their classic hits with 40 songs in all.

Songlist: Boy From New York City, Java Jive, Gloria, Helpless, Tuxedo Junction, Twilight Zone / Twilight Tone, Ray's Rockhouse, Mystery, Smile Again, Birdland, Four Brothers, Rambo, Meet Benny Bailey, Airegin, To You, Sing Joy Spring, Move, That's Killer Joe, The Duke Of Dubuque, Gloria, On The Boulevard, Shaker Song, Ray's Rockhouse, Birdland, Route 66, Jeannine, Malaise En Malaisie, Trickle Trickle, Boy From New York City, This Independence, and more

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Various : All Woman: Jazz

Review: Complete piano, voice, and guitar arrangements. The accompanying CD gives complete backing tracks which match the arrangements in the book.

Songlist: 'Round Midnight, A Foggy Day (In London Town), Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (from "Pal Joey"), Misty, Nice Work If You Can Get It (from "Damsel in Distress"), The Girl from Ipanema, Where or When (from "Babes in Arms")

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Bobby McFerrin : 5 Original Albums

Review: With few or no actual musical instruments Bobby McFerrin has become one of the most innovative musicians in America. His ubiquitous hit "Don't Worry Be Happy" from "Simple Pleasures" spent two weeks at #1. Original recordings included are - Spontaneous Inventions, Simple Pleasures, Medicine Music, Bang! Zoom, Beyond Words

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Let's All Sing : Let's All Sing Jazz

Review: It's time to jive, swing, scat and more with this great teaching tool for introducing vocal jazz to your younger choirs! This classy collection of jazz favorites features easy voice-leading and supportive accompaniments that make these well-crafted arrangements a breeze to learn. From American jazz legend Louis Armstrong's classic Basin Street Blues to the quirky, jazzy Pink Panther theme by Henry Mancini, young singers will groove to these accessible charts, arranged specifically for young unison voices, with optional harmony for extra jive! The Piano/Vocal Collection offers fully accompanied songs, and the Singer Edition comes in handy paks of ten with vocal parts only. Jazz up your performance with professionally-produced recordings on a separate performance/accompaniment CD. Suggested for grades 4-8.

Songlist: Basin Street Blues, Choo Choo Ch' Boogie, I've Got The World On A String, Java Jive, The Pink Panther, Tuxedo Junction

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Alan Billingsley : Swing's the Thing!

Review: This sizzling crowd pleaser features four swing favorites from the thirties, forties, and fifties. A fantastic choice for concert or show choirs, Alan's hip five-minute arrangement really kicks!

Sheet Music Available: SATB,   SAB,   SSA,   2-Part

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Andy Beck : Jazz Kyrie

Review: Bossa nova (Portuguese for "new trend") is a musical genre that began in Brazil in the 1950s. The combination of samba rhythms, jazz sonorities, and lyrical melodies created a new, sophisticated style that was soon embraced by musicians worldwide. Here's a quintessential bossa nova on just three Latin words. Optional flute and/or vibraphone (available free online) add another smooth layer to this hip contemporary choral.

Sheet Music Available: SATB,   SAB,   2-Part

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Audrey Snyder : Falling in Love Again (Can't Help It)

Review: This classic song recorded in the 30's by Marlene Dietrich gets an update with this accessible setting which opens in a straight-forward 3/4 meter, then moves into a fun 4/4 swing.

Sheet Music Available: SATB,   SSA

As Performed by: Marlene Dietrich

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4164p | Showtrax CD | $26.95 || Vocal Jazz Showtrax CDs | Frederick Hollander | Setting the Standards

Brian Tate : Java Jazz

Review: Coffee keeps me buzzin' all day long. Gotta have a cup of coffee! Sound familiar? These and other java phrases are the basis for this jazzy swing number. Fun vocal rhythms, jazzy harmonies, and individual part-singing help your choir make the scene with the bean and create a wonderfully jittery performance! Available: SAB; StudioTrax CD.

Sheet Music Available: SAB

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4687p | Showtrax CD | $26.95 || Vocal Jazz Showtrax CDs | Brian Tate | Shawnee Press Christmas

Darmon Meader : Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me

Review: Darmon Meader (of New York Voices fame) adds his vocal jazz touch to Duke Ellington's classic. The lazy, medium swing tempo is just right, and the full-sounding piano accompaniment supports the voices. Add a jazz trio (piano, bass, drums) with the SoundPax.

Sheet Music Available: SATB

As Performed by: Duke Ellington

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11132p | Showtrax CD | $22.95 |

Darmon Meader : Honeysuckle Rose

Review: This Grammy Hall of Fame song by Fats Waller is a standard in both the American popular song and jazz idiom. New York Voices mastermind Darmon Meader has created an arrangement that covers both of these areas with a new version for women.

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1025p | Showtrax CD | $26.95 | ShowTrax CD || Fats Waller | Setting the Standards

Darmon Meader : I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me

Review: Recorded by New York Voices on their Sing, Sing, Sing album, this contemporary Darmon Meader arrangement offers superb vocal jazz writing. Perform with the SoundPax or consider using the full jazz band accompaniment.

Sheet Music Available: SATB

As Performed by: New York Voices

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5745p | Showtrax CD | $24.95 || Vocal Jazz Showtrax CDs

Darmon Meader : I Could Write a Book

Review: This swinging Rodgers and Hart tune is classic vocal jazz. Includes a scat solo, which is written out or can be sung ad lib. The singers are definitely the stars here, though the arrangement can be done with a variety of accompaniments: piano alone, small instrumental combo, or full jazz ensemble.

Sheet Music Available: SATB

As Performed by: New York Voices

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5734p | Showtrax CD | $24.95 || Vocal Jazz Showtrax CDs | Rodgers / Hart

Darmon Meader : Moonglow

Review: Hereis vocal jazz at its best, from one of todayis top arrangers. This well-conceived arrangement is in a traditional swing style, with lots of tight and tasty harmonies. Bass and Drum parts offered free, online.

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5752p | Showtrax CD | $27.95 || Vocal Jazz Showtrax CDs

Darmon Meader : Moonlight in Vermont

Review: Darmon Meader has achieved international recognition for his work with The New York Voices. Here he arranges this beautiful ballad in the style fitting of this iconic ensemble. Lush, contemporary jazz harmonies and styles define this arrangement with each vocal line featured as if they were soloists. Chord symbols are included for the accomplished jazz pianist but the realized piano part is worthy of the any player. This is a swing ballad that will leave your audience breathless.

Sheet Music Available: SATB

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8454p | Showtrax CD | $26.95 || Vocal Jazz Series

Darmon Meader : On a Clear Day

Review: Recorded by New York Voices on their album A Day Like This, this contemporary swing arrangement offers superb, challenging vocal jazz writing. Recording courtesy of

Sheet Music Available: SATB

As Performed by: New York Voices

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5786p | Showtrax CD | $24.95 || Vocal Jazz Showtrax CDs | Alan Jay Lerner

Dave Barduhn : Route 66

Review: This arrangement of the Bobby Troup classic has been selected by ACDA as one of the Top Ten vocal jazz arrangements of all time. Now in a new edition, choirs of today can be introduced to this great jazz chart. Available: SATB, ShowTrax CD. Approx. Time: 3:00.

Sheet Music Available: SATB

As Performed by: Manhattan Transfer

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4172p | Showtrax CD | $22.95 || Vocal Jazz Showtrax CDs | Bobby Troup | Vocal Jazz Series

Ed Lojeski : Charade

Review: Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant starred in the movie of the same name of this classic theme song by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer. This jazz setting features the lilting Parisian melody but with a unique rhythmic feel that pays homage to Brubeck and others of Mancini's era.

Sheet Music Available: SAB,   SATB,   SSA

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2779p | Showtrax CD | $26.95 || Vocal Jazz Showtrax CDs | Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini | Vocal Jazz Series

Ed Lojeski : High Hopes

Review: This song, made popular by Frank Sinatra in the movie A Hole in the Head, is a song of positive thoughts and acts. An ant moves a rubber tree plant, a ram destroys a dam and our troubles and hardships go away when the balloon is popped. The power of positive thinking. This song won the Oscar for Best Original Song at the 32nd Academy Awards in 1960 and its message is still award-winning.

Sheet Music Available: SATB,   SAB,   2-Part

As Performed by: Frank Sinatra

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1367p | Showtrax CD | $26.95 || James Van Heusen | Vocal Jazz Series

Ed Lojeski : I Wish You Love

Review: This song composed almost 70 years ago in France has become a jazz standard, performed and recorded by the most notable artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. This ballad setting captures a quasi-classical feel and a suggestion of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, that gives it a nostalgic quality and the hope that the audience might find bluebirds in the spring and in their hearts a song to sing. Available separately: SATB, SAB, SSA, ShowTrax CD. Rhythm parts available digitally (syn, gtr, b, dm). Duration: ca. 3:55.

Sheet Music Available: SATB,   SAB,   SSA

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4212p | Showtrax CD | $26.95 || Vocal Jazz Showtrax CDs | Vocal Jazz Series

Ed Lojeski : Isn't This a Lovely Day (To Be Caught in the Rain)?

Review: The 1935 motion picture Top Hat introduced this Irving Berlin song to the world and it continues to be a popular standard for jazz performers. It features a vintage, bluesy swing that will showcase your singers at their best! Available separately: SATB, SAB, SSA, ShowTrax CD. Combo parts available digitally (tpt 1, tpt 2, tsx, tbn, syn, gtr, b, dm). Duration: ca. 3:35.

Sheet Music Available: SATB,   SSA

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4202p | Showtrax CD | $26.95 || Vocal Jazz Showtrax CDs | Irving Berlin | Setting the Standards

Ella Fitzgerald : Shiny Stockings

Review: Showcase your vocal jazz group with this accessible setting of the Ella Fitzgerald/Count Basie standard. Swing style, jazz harmonies, group scat and solo improvisation make this a great selection for developing style and technique.

Sheet Music Available: SATB,   SSA

As Performed by: Ella Fitzgerald

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5501p | Showtrax CD | $26.95 || Vocal Jazz Showtrax CDs | Setting the Standards

Greg Gilpin : Tea for Two

Review: The ultimate soft shoe song has been given novel twists and turns galore! This theme-and-variations arrangement includes the traditional soft shoe, a waltz, a jazz waltz, and a soap opera theme treatment! Perfect for your "novelty" slot in the concert.

Sheet Music Available: SATB,   SAB

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5753p | Showtrax CD | $24.95 || Vocal Jazz Showtrax CDs

Greg Jasperse : Secret Love

Review: This ACADEMY AWARDae winning ballad was originally featured in the film Calamity Jane starring Doris Day. This setting is filled with all the jazzy nuances you expect from the creative mind of Greg Jasperse. Optional repeats allow for scat or instrumental solos.

Sheet Music Available: SATB

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5921p | Showtrax CD | $29.95 || Vocal Jazz Showtrax CDs

Greg Jasperse : They Say It's Spring

Review: This classic swing tune was arranged for the Michigan All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Beginning with the rubato intro just right for a soloist to stylize in their own way, it launches into a sweet swinging ensemble arrangement that is hip and contemporary and just right for an advanced vocal jazz choir.

Sheet Music Available: SATB,   SAB,   SSA

As Performed by: Blossom Dearie

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8246p | Showtrax CD | $26.95 || Vocal Jazz Showtrax CDs | Bob Haymes | Vocal Jazz Series

Jay Althouse : A Jazz Trio

Review: Jay Althouse has put together a trio of jazz tunes for young choirs. It opens with a light swing number, followed by a traditional vocal jazz ballad, and closes with a tight, up tempo chart reminiscent of Route 66. Written specifically as teaching songs, these pieces are perfect for training your group in classic jazz styles. Nostalgically authentic; it's as if each of the short standards were written by Count Basie himself. Three great teaching tools for the price of one! SoundTrax features a professionally recorded jazz combo.

Songlist: Swingin' The Night, Nightingale, I-95

Sheet Music Available: SAB,   SSA,   2-Part

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1314p | Showtrax CD | $22.95 |

Jay Althouse : How High the Moon

Review: A multitude of artists have recorded this iconic jazz tune, presented here in a fresh, samba style with tight harmonies and a stellar scat section.

Sheet Music Available: SATB,   SAB,   SSA

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5857p | Showtrax CD | $27.95 || Vocal Jazz Showtrax CDs | Morgan Lewis

Jay Althouse : Nice Work If You Can Get It

Review: Originally written for the 1937 movie A Damsel in Distress, this Gershwin classic was featured in the 1992 Tony Award-winning musical Crazy for You and has been recently revived as the title song of the 2012 Broadway hit. Jay's swingin' arrangement features tight harmonies and two brief solos.

Sheet Music Available: SATB

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5856p | Showtrax CD | $27.95 || Vocal Jazz Showtrax CDs | George & Ira Gershwin

Jay Althouse : When I Fall in Love

Review: Jay offers a fresh, swingin', positive, and happy approach to this popular standard, originally sung by Doris Day in the '50s and later by many other pop and jazz artists. Great for concert, jazz, and show choirs.

Sheet Music Available: SATB,   SAB,   SSA

As Performed by: Doris Day

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5781p | Showtrax CD | $24.95 || Vocal Jazz Showtrax CDs

Jay Althouse : You Make Me Feel So Young

Review: Great jazz singers from Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra to Rosemary Clooney and Mel Torm have covered this popular swing number from the '40s. Great for show/jazz groups as well as concert choirs.

Sheet Music Available: SATB,   SAB,   SSA

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5842p | Showtrax CD | $27.95 || Vocal Jazz Showtrax CDs

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