A Day Like This

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
With ensemble vocal jazz, the danger is always that tight and complex harmony writing will come across as too smooth and too sweet -- for some reason, chords that sound sharp and bracing when distributed among reed instruments can sound cloying and overly slick when sung by human voices. The vocal/instrumental quartet New York Voices don't avoid that trap entirely on their latest album and their first as an ensemble in seven years, but they continue to demonstrate their mastery of the genre with a solid program of new and old songs and innovative arrangements. Their take on "Darn That Dream" is startlingly new and features a fine bass clarinet solo by Bob Mintzer, and the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
With ensemble vocal jazz, the danger is always that tight and complex harmony writing will come across as too smooth and too sweet -- for some reason, chords that sound sharp and bracing when distributed among reed instruments can sound cloying and overly slick when sung by human voices. The vocal/instrumental quartet New York Voices don't avoid that trap entirely on their latest album and their first as an ensemble in seven years, but they continue to demonstrate their mastery of the genre with a solid program of new and old songs and innovative arrangements. Their take on "Darn That Dream" is startlingly new and features a fine bass clarinet solo by Bob Mintzer, and the lyrics that group members added to John Coltrane's "Moment's Notice" work very nicely. Not everyone will agree that the world needed a vocal jazz version of Laura Nyro's "Stoned Soul Picnic," but the New York Voices' version is really lots of fun and is sure to bring a nostalgic tear to more than one baby-boomer eye. Apart from a couple of saccharine moments on "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," A Day Like This is a pleasure from start to finish. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2007
  • Label: Mcg Jazz
  • UPC: 612262103124
  • Catalog Number: 1031
  • Sales rank: 20,403

Album Credits

Performance Credits
New York Voices Primary Artist
Paquito d'Rivera Clarinet
Gil Goldstein Accordion
Bob Mintzer Bass Clarinet
Jay Ashby Percussion, Trombone
Marty Ashby Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Peter Eldridge Piano, Vocals, Group Member
Andy Ezrin Piano
Lauren Kinhan Vocals, Group Member
Chuck Loeb Guitar
Joe Magnarelli Trumpet
Darmon Meader Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Soloist, Group Member
Kim Nazarian Vocals, Group Member
David Samuels Vibes
Ben Wittman Percussion
Frank Greene Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Paul Nowinski Acoustic Bass
Mike Tomaro Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Steve Hawk Trumpet
Marcello Pellitteri Drums
Ralph Guzzi Trumpet
Chris Carson Bass Trombone
Jim Germann Baritone Saxophone
Joe Herndon Trumpet
Lucas Ashby Pandeiro
Clayton DeWalt Trombone
Bob Matchett Trumpet
Steve McKnight Trumpet
Eric DeFade Tenor Saxophone
Jim Guerra Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
Laura Nyro Composer
New York Voices Producer, Audio Production
Annie Ross Composer
Jay Ashby Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Marty Ashby Producer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
John Coltrane Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Eddie DeLange Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Peter Eldridge Arranger, Composer
Redd Evans Composer
Hampton Hawes Composer
Bob Hilliard Composer
Lauren Kinhan Arranger, Composer
Burton Lane Composer
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Darmon Meader Arranger, Composer, Engineer
Kim Nazarian Arranger, Composer
Eve Nelson Composer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Jay Dudt Engineer
Jack Donahue Composer
Jeff O.Brien Myers Cover Art
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