Vibrate

Vibrate

by The Manhattan Transfer
     
 

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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 See more details below

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2004
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408360329
catalogNumber:
83603
Rank:
73650

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

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
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
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
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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