The Anthology: Down in Birdland

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
As the Manhattan Transfer went on, so did the legacy of the jazz vocal ensemble. In that regard, though the competition was scarce, this group did elevate the art form to a higher level without much compromise. This two-CD, 39-track compilation represents many of the high points of the group. If anything is missing, some of the vocalese influenced by Eddie Jefferson should have been included. Still most fans will recognize "Ray's Rockhouse," "Route 66," "Four Brothers," "Tuxedo Junction," "That Cat Is High," "Sing Joy Spring," and their immortal take of the Jon Hendricks lyric to "Birdland." Unless it is a complete collection, you'd be hard pressed to find a better ...
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As the Manhattan Transfer went on, so did the legacy of the jazz vocal ensemble. In that regard, though the competition was scarce, this group did elevate the art form to a higher ... level without much compromise. This two-CD, 39-track compilation represents many of the high points of the group. If anything is missing, some of the vocalese influenced by Eddie Jefferson should have been included. Still most fans will recognize "Ray's Rockhouse," "Route 66," "Four Brothers," "Tuxedo Junction," "That Cat Is High," "(Sing) Joy Spring," and their immortal take of the Jon Hendricks lyric to "Birdland." Unless it is a complete collection, you'd be hard pressed to find a better grouping of the Manhattan Transfer's prime body of works. Read more Show Less

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
As the Manhattan Transfer went on, so did the legacy of the jazz vocal ensemble. In that regard, though the competition was scarce, this group did elevate the art form to a higher level without much compromise. This two-CD, 39-track compilation represents many of the high points of the group. If anything is missing, some of the vocalese influenced by Eddie Jefferson should have been included. Still most fans will recognize "Ray's Rockhouse," "Route 66," "Four Brothers," "Tuxedo Junction," "That Cat Is High," "Sing Joy Spring," and their immortal take of the Jon Hendricks lyric to "Birdland." Unless it is a complete collection, you'd be hard pressed to find a better grouping of the Manhattan Transfer's prime body of works.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/13/1992
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 081227105327
  • Catalog Number: 71053

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Manhattan Transfer Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Buddy Emmons Steel Guitar
Johnny Gimble Fiddle
Djavan Vocals
Dr. John Piano, Piano
Ringo Starr Drums
Phil Bodner Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Michael Brecker Trumpet, Tenor Saxophone
Pete Christlieb Reeds
Richie Cole Alto Saxophone
Johnny Coles Trumpet
Richard Davis Bass
Jon Faddis Trumpet
Tommy Flanagan Piano
Dave Frishberg Keyboards
Stan Getz Tenor Saxophone
Dizzy Gillespie Trumpet
Jimmy Giuffre Saxophone
Freddie Green Guitar
Don Grolnick Guitar, Piano, fender rhodes
Craig Harris Sampling, Synclavier
Toninho Horta Guitar
Philly Joe Jones Drums
Lee Konitz Saxophone
Greg Mathieson Piano
Bill Mays Piano
Bobby McFerrin Bass, Percussion, Vocals
Don Menza Reeds
James Moody Tenor Saxophone
John Patitucci Bass
Marshall Royal Saxophone
David Sanborn Alto Saxophone
Janis Siegel Vocals
Marvin Stamm Trumpet
George Young Alto Saxophone
Jeff Lorber Synthesizer
Seldon Powell Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Grady Tate Drums
Al Viola Guitar
Cheryl Bentyne Vocals
Mel Davis Trumpet
Wayne Johnson Banjo, Guitar
Tommy Vig Percussion
David Foster Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano, fender rhodes
Ralph MacDonald Percussion, Conga
David Taylor Trombone
Jim Keltner Drums
Jim Gordon Drums
Quentin Jackson Trombone
Britt Woodman Trombone
Al Cohn Saxophone
Wayne Andre Trombone, Trumpet
Michael Baird Drums
Clarence Banks Trombone
Mike Beisner Vocals
Ben Benay Guitar
Alex Blake Bass
Michael Boddicker Synthesizer, oberheim
Oscar Brashear Trumpet
Randy Brecker Trumpet
Ray Brown Bass
Garnett Brown Trombone
Oscar Castro-Neves Guitar
Nick Ceroli Drums
Kevin Clark Guitar
Sonny Cohn Trumpet
Djalma Corrèa Percussion
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion, Conga
Walter Davis Jr. Piano
Eric Dixon Saxophone
Chuck Domanico Bass
George Dorsey Alto Saxophone
Nathan East Bass
Harvey Estrin Alto Saxophone
Chuck Findley Trumpet, Horn
Clare Fischer Conductor
Dick Frank Guitar
Jerry Friedman Guitar
Steve Gadd Drums
Yaron Gershovsky Piano, Keyboards
Gene Goe Trumpet
Autie Goodman Vocals
Gary Grant Horn
Mickey Gravine Trombone, Trumpet
Jay Graydon Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Tim Hauser Vocals
Jon Hendricks Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Rod Henley Vocals
Gary Herbig Horn
Herbert Hester Fiddle
Jerry Hey Trumpet, Horn
Kenny Hing Saxophone
Dann Huff Guitar
Bill Hughes Trombone
Ralph Humphrey Drums
David Hungate Bass
Arthur Jenkins Piano
Tom Kellock Synthesizer
Jackie Kelso Baritone Saxophone
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass
Shorty Lavender Fiddle
Charles Loper Trombone, Horn
Steve Lukather Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Clarence McDonald Piano
Bob Magnusson Bass
Irvin "Marky" Markowitz Trumpet
Roy Markowitz Drums
Nicky Marrero Timbales
Jon Mayer Guitar, Piano, fender rhodes
Bob McCoy Trumpet
Jay Migliori Reeds, Tenor Saxophone
Andy Muson Bass, Vocals
Ira Newborn Guitar
Michael Omartian Piano
Steve Paietta Accordion
Jeff Porcaro Bongos, Drums, Anvil
Dean Parks Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Alan Paul Vocals
Greg Phillinganes Synthesizer, Guitar, fender rhodes
Don Rader Trumpet
Alan Raph Trombone
Jack Redmond Trombone
Don Roberts Piccolo, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Woodwind
John "J.R." Robinson Drums
Joe Roccisano Reeds
Mike Rod Tenor Saxophone
Art Rodriguez Drums
John "Dandy" Rodriguez Bongos
Alan Rubin Trumpet
Willie Schwartz Reeds
Rick Shlosser Drums
Neil Stubenhaus Bass
Byron Stripling Trumpet
Richard Tee Organ
Danny Turner Saxophone
Carlos Vega Drums
Frank Vicari Tenor Saxophone
Pete Wade Guitar
Mel Wanzo Trombone
Ernie Watts Horn, Alto Saxophone
Murray Weinstock Organ
Buddy Williams Drums
David Williams Guitar
Kai Winding Piano
Stevie Wonder Harmonica
Stu Woods Bass
Casey Young Synthesizer
Snooky Young Trumpet
Wally Kane Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Charlie McCoy Harmonica
Vincent Fanuele Trombone
Herbie Green Trombone
Laurel Massé Vocals
John Williams Saxophone
Lew Del Gatto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Horn
Jai Winding Piano
Paul Favlise Trombone
Doug Throngren Percussion
Bob Flanagan Vocals
Dave Banks Voices
Larry Williams Synthesizer, Guitar, Horn, fender rhodes
John Barnes Synthesizer, Piano, Synclavier, Vocoder, fairlight, Tx-816, Linn 9000
Steven Schaeffer Drums
Technical Credits
The Four Freshmen Contributor
Craig Harris Programming, Producer, Vocoder Programming
Bill Holman Arranger, String Arrangements
Thad Jones Composer, Contributor
The Manhattan Transfer Arranger, Contributor, Vocal Arrangements
Greg Mathieson Producer
Bobby McFerrin Arranger
Janis Siegel Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Jeff Lorber Arranger, Programming
Cheryl Bentyne Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
David Foster Arranger, String Arrangements
Ken Perry Mastering
Michael Boddicker Programming
Al Capps Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Chris Clarke Contributor
Ahmet Ertegun Producer
Tommy "Snuff" Garrett Arranger, Producer
Yaron Gershovsky Arranger
Jay Graydon Songwriter, Arranger, Producer, Horn Arrangements
Tim Hauser Arranger, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Jon Hendricks Contributor
Jerry Hey Arranger, Horn Arrangements
Bill Inglot Mastering
Arthur Jenkins Arranger
Phil Mattson Arranger
Ted Myers Contributor
Ira Newborn Arranger
Michael Omartian Arranger
Alan Paul Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Richard Perry Producer
Gene Puerling Arranger
Dick Reynolds Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Richard Rudolph Producer
Rod Temperton Arranger, Vocal Arrangements, Horn Arrangements
Fred Thaler Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Carlos Vega Contributor
Dennis Wilson Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Casey Young Programming
Zan Stewart Liner Notes
Stephen K. Peeples Contributor
Geoff Gans Art Direction
Laurel Massé Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Brady L. Benton Contributor
Kim Whitburn Contributor
Larry Williams Arranger
John Barnes Arranger, Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lovely voices

    Oh!i love the voicing.They harmonize it so well.I mean their voices fit the songs they sing.And i think it's all because of teamwork.

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