Pastiche

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Over the years, jazz has seen its share of talented vocal groups --New York Voices, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, Andy Bey & the Bey Sisters, and Beachfront Property are among the names that immediately come to mind. All of those groups had two-gender formats, and rarely do you find a jazz-oriented vocal outfit with an all-female lineup; Pastiche is such a rarity. Consisting of singers Jenny Meltzer, Sandy Cressman, and Becky West, the female trio brings a jazz foundation to this self-titled debut album. But having a jazz foundation doesn't necessarily mean being a jazz purist or a jazz snob, and Pastiche is an appropriate name for the Bay Area threesome because ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Over the years, jazz has seen its share of talented vocal groups --New York Voices, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, Andy Bey & the Bey Sisters, and Beachfront Property are among the names that immediately come to mind. All of those groups had two-gender formats, and rarely do you find a jazz-oriented vocal outfit with an all-female lineup; Pastiche is such a rarity. Consisting of singers Jenny Meltzer, Sandy Cressman, and Becky West, the female trio brings a jazz foundation to this self-titled debut album. But having a jazz foundation doesn't necessarily mean being a jazz purist or a jazz snob, and Pastiche is an appropriate name for the Bay Area threesome because Meltzer, Cressman, and West obviously have a variety of influences -- not only jazz vocal outfits like Lambert, Hendricks & Ross and New York Voices, but also everything from soul and pop to Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, and Caribbean music. Stevie Wonder has influenced some of the writing, and so has the Manhattan Transfer. In fact, the Manhattan Transfer is a valid comparison because, like that well-known group, Pastiche thrives on versatility and insists on keeping its options open. Some of the tunes on this CD are more jazz-oriented than others, and it is obvious that Pastiche has no desire to confine itself to a bop ghetto. Nor does Pastiche insist on inundating listeners with overdone standards that they have heard time and time again; though the CD contains interesting arrangements of "You Hit the Spot" and the Beatles' "Blackbird," original material is dominant. And, more often than not, the writing is memorable on this eclectic and fairly promising debut.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2001
  • Label: Summit(Classical)
  • UPC: 099402300924
  • Catalog Number: 300
  • Sales rank: 317,473

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Don't Lose Your Cool (3:48)
  2. 2 Whatever It Takes (4:52)
  3. 3 When Will There Be (4:27)
  4. 4 You Hit the Spot (3:02)
  5. 5 Only Love (5:48)
  6. 6 Late Date (3:07)
  7. 7 Remember That (3:23)
  8. 8 Waiting on the Day (4:19)
  9. 9 Destination Drive (4:35)
  10. 10 Blackbird (2:16)
  11. 11 When the Night (2:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pastiche Primary Artist, Vocals
Marcos Silva Keyboards
Bob Johnson Saxophone
Michael Wolff Piano
Celso Alberti Drums
Peter Barshay Bass
David Belove Bass
Jeff Cressman Trombone
Cassio Duarte Guitar, Percussion
Bob Harsen Drums
Bill Ortiz Trumpet
Ed Smith Drum Loop
Greg "Frosty" Smith Saxophone
Michael Spiro Guitar, Percussion, Drum Loop
Norbert Stachel Saxophone
Becky West Background Vocals
Paul van Wageningen Drums
The Girls Finger Snapping
Jeff Massanari Guitar
Ricardo Peixoto Guitar
Ed Harris Guitar
Technical Credits
Anita Baker Composer
Gerald LeVert Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Graham Parker Composer
Albert Collins Composer
Pastiche Producer
Celso Alberti Engineer
Nicholas Ten Broeck Producer
Sandy Cressman Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Marc Gordon Composer
Jenny Meltzer Vocal Arrangements
Dave Shirk Mastering
Adam Rossi Engineer
Shelby Gaines Engineer
Ed Harris Arranger
Pastiche Producer, Vocal Arrangements
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tragicly Overlooked

    These ladies actually started in the mid eighties with their excellent "That's R & B Bop Album. They've actually had several more great albums since, but the Pastiche album seems to be more intense, and consistent than the others. Missing is lead vocalist Sandy Sukhov, from earlier works, but still they can bring out the best in a song. They, like their name implies are not a one level jazz group. The variety, and range that Pastiche delivers, are not only a stregnth, but a Tour De Force in musical expression. Appealing voices, uplifting melodies, and tight arrangements offer something for everyone, not just the jazz purist. Trust me, one wiff of their work, and you'll be humming Pastiche songs at work all week. Very Infectuous.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wishing For More

    This eleven track offering by Sandy Cressman, Jenny Meltzer, and Becky West can best be described as "jazzy". While the true jazz lover may roll their eyes at this categorization, this listener is left to wonder, "So what!". This CD exudes energy and love of life on every level - so much so that you'll find yourself making your morning coffee and lip-synching simultaneously. The harmonies in each of the tracks soar and you'll be left wishing there were a 12th track. But alas there is not. This listener hopes we'll hear from Pastiche again one day, since the jazz landscape is always in need of a unique female ensemble - and these three voices deserve their names on that marquee.

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