Vibrate

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All Music Guide - Aaron Latham
With a title like Vibrate, it would seem that the Manhattan Transfer had filled their first studio disc in four years with jazzy and exciting vocal workouts intended to shake the speakers. But the title is a bit misleading as Vibrate is one of their most subdued and elegant recordings, and one that harks back to the days of Mecca for Moderns where pop tangents were part of their repertoire. With an arrangement that remains fairly intact from the Brenda Russell original, "Walkin' in New York" begins the disc with a summery sidewalk swagger that sets the relaxed tone of the disc. Two successful Rufus Wainwright covers follow as the Transfer take "Greek Song" globe-hopping ...
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All Music Guide - Aaron Latham
With a title like Vibrate, it would seem that the Manhattan Transfer had filled their first studio disc in four years with jazzy and exciting vocal workouts intended to shake the speakers. But the title is a bit misleading as Vibrate is one of their most subdued and elegant recordings, and one that harks back to the days of Mecca for Moderns where pop tangents were part of their repertoire. With an arrangement that remains fairly intact from the Brenda Russell original, "Walkin' in New York" begins the disc with a summery sidewalk swagger that sets the relaxed tone of the disc. Two successful Rufus Wainwright covers follow as the Transfer take "Greek Song" globe-hopping through the Middle East via Hawaii and then spin down to Brazil for a beautiful tango-inspired version of "Vibrate." On past recordings they have covered contemporary pop with mixed results, often sounding staid or forced, as on 1983's Bodies and Souls, but the chamber pop of Wainwright is a perfect fit for their vocal style. The tribalistic experiment of "First Ascent" bristles with harmonies and rhythms from musical lands rarely tread upon while a remake of the Beach Boys' "Feel Flows" abandons the original's psychedelic pop for a more soulful arrangement. Oddly enough, as their pop tendencies flourish on Vibrate, their more typical jazz tracks tend to sound like misfits. "Doodlin'" and "Embraceable You" are immaculately performed but lack the personality and depth found in the disc's pinnacle moment, "The New JuJu Man Tutu." This stunning vocalese recitation of the infamous Miles Davis recording of Marcus Miller's "Tutu," with lyrics by Jon Hendricks, is one of the most incredible performances that the Transfer have recorded. Cheryl Bentyne sounds otherworldly as she conjures up the spirit of Miles' muted trumpet and spews the solo lick by lick as the balance of the Transfer humanize the original's cold keyboard arrangement. As if they even need to prove it, the Transfer once again show that they are indeed the masters of vocal jazz and when they push the boundaries of vocal music, the results can be stunning. The balance of Vibrate may not come close to the dizzying height of "Tutu," but the Manhattan Transfer offer a pleasurable excursion through an eclectic set of contemporary jazz and pop.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2004
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408360329
  • Catalog Number: 83603
  • Sales rank: 141,808

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Walkin' in N.Y. (3:55)
  2. 2 Greek Song (4:43)
  3. 3 Vibrate (4:30)
  4. 4 The New Juju Man (Tutu) (5:43)
  5. 5 Doodlin' (5:26)
  6. 6 The Twelfth (4:13)
  7. 7 First Ascent (5:31)
  8. 8 Core of Sound (Modinha) (4:58)
  9. 9 Feel Flows (5:09)
  10. 10 Embraceabe You (4:11)
  11. 11 Medley (4:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Manhattan Transfer Primary Artist
Gil Goldstein Piano, Accordion, Electric Piano
Janis Siegel Vocals, Group Member
Lew Soloff Trumpet
Cheryl Bentyne Vocals, Group Member
Frank Colon Percussion
Yaron Gershovsky Piano, Keyboards
Joyce Hammann Violin
Tim Hauser Vocals, Group Member
Billy Hulting Percussion, Marimbas, Vibes
Will Lee Bass, Bass Guitar, Fretless Bass Guitar
Doug Livingston Pedal Steel Guitar
Lois Martin Viola
Ramesh Mishra Sarangui, Sarungi
Alan Paul Vocals
John Pizzarelli Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Laura Seaton Violin
Hector del Curto Bandoneon
Richie Goods Bass, Bass Guitar, Acoustic Bass
Baraka Guitar
Steve Hass Percussion, Drums, Tambourine, cowbell
Dave Eggar Cello
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Brenda Russell Composer
Chris Boardman Vocal Arrangements
Vinícius de Moraes Composer
Gil Goldstein Arranger, Orchestration, Vocal Arrangements
The Manhattan Transfer Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Janis Siegel Author, Vocal Arrangements
Horace Silver Composer
Cheryl Bentyne Author
Carl Wilson Composer
Corey Allen Arranger
Yaron Gershovsky Arranger
Ira Gershwin Composer
Tim Hauser Arranger, Author
Jon Hendricks Composer
Billy Hulting Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Bob Mair Composer
Marcus Miller Composer
Alan Paul Composer
Gene Puerling Vocal Arrangements
David Snyder Arranger
Robert Friedrich Engineer, Mastering
Rufus Wainwright Composer
Gretchen Christopher Composer
Doris Coley Composer
Barbara Ellis Composer
Addie Harris Composer
Beverley Lee Composer
Shirley Owens Composer
Gary Troxel Composer
Anilda Carrasquillo Art Direction
Roger Treece Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Michael Wallace Engineer
Richie Goods Arranger
Steve Hass Arranger, Loop Programming
Ed Meitner Engineer
Thomas "Baraka" Dicandia Engineer
Jack Rieley Composer
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