Vocalese

Vocalese

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by The Manhattan Transfer
     
 

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Many of the Manhattan Transfer's recordings up to the point of Vocalese showed off their diversity and covered a wide variety of music, including jazz. This set was quite a bit different, for it is dedicated to the vocalese of the great Jon Hendricks. The Manhattan Transfer (singers Cheryl Bentyne,

Overview

Many of the Manhattan Transfer's recordings up to the point of Vocalese showed off their diversity and covered a wide variety of music, including jazz. This set was quite a bit different, for it is dedicated to the vocalese of the great Jon Hendricks. The Manhattan Transfer (singers Cheryl Bentyne, Tim Hauser, Alan Paul and Janis Siegel) perform a dozen songs using Hendricks' lyrics, including "That's Killer Joe," "Rambo," "Ray's Rockhouse" and "Sing Joy Spring." Utilizing their regular band of the period (which includes guitarist Wayne Johnson), the Count Basie Orchestra (directed at the time by Thad Jones), the Four Freshmen (on "To You"), tenorman James Moody, Bobby McFerrin (guesting on "Night in Tunisia"), McCoy Tyner, Dizzy Gillespie (on "Sing Joy Spring"), altoist Richie Cole, and Hendricks himself, among many others, the Transfer give these boppish tunes definitive vocal treatments. This is one of their finest jazz recordings and a classic of its kind.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Atlantic Mod Afw
UPC:
0075678126628
catalogNumber:
81266
Rank:
110374

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Manhattan Transfer   Primary Artist
Four Freshmen   Vocals
Count Basie   Performing Ensemble
Ron Carter   Bass
Richie Cole   Alto Saxophone
Johnny Coles   Trumpet
Richard Davis   Bass,Bass Guitar
Tommy Flanagan   Piano
Dizzy Gillespie   Trumpet
Freddie Green   Guitar
Craig Harris   Sampling,Synclavier
Philly Joe Jones   Drums
Bobby McFerrin   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Bass Guitar,Vocals
James Moody   Tenor Saxophone
John Patitucci   Bass
Marshall Royal   Saxophone
Janis Siegel   Vocals
Grady Tate   Drums
Cheryl Bentyne   Vocals
Wayne Johnson   Banjo,Guitar
Dick Hindman   Piano
McCoy Tyner   Piano
Clarence Banks   Trombone
Mike Beisner   Vocals
Alex Blake   Bass
Ray Brown   Bass
Sonny Cohn   Trumpet
Walter Davis   Piano
Eric Dixon   Saxophone
Bob Flanigan   Vocals
Yaron Gershovsky   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Autie Goodman   Vocals
Tim Hauser   Vocals
Marshall Hawkins   Bass
Rod Henley   Vocals
Kenny Hing   Saxophone
Danny House   Saxophone
Bill Hughes   Trombone
Ralph Humphrey   Drums
Charles Loper   Trombone
Bob Ojeda   Trumpet
Alan Paul   Vocals
Don Roberts   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Byron Stripling   Trumpet
Danny Turner   Saxophone
Mel Wanzo   Trombone
Dennis Wilson   Trombone,Conductor
Casey Young   Synthesizer
Snooky Young   Trumpet
John Williams   Saxophone
Bob Flanagan   Vocals

Technical Credits

Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Craig Harris   Programming,Engineer,Vocoder Programming
Thad Jones   Composer
Bobby McFerrin   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Janis Siegel   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Cheryl Bentyne   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
John Barnes   Arranger
Yaron Gershovsky   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Tim Hauser   Arranger,Producer
Jon Hendricks   Composer,Creative Consultant
Gary Ladinsky   Engineer
Brian Malouf   Engineer
Phil Mattson   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Frank Paparelli   Composer
Alan Paul   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Dick Reynolds   Vocal Arrangements
Elliot Scheiner   Engineer,Remixing
Dennis Wilson   Arranger
Casey Young   Programming
Fayette Hauser   Art Direction
Bud Schaetzle   Director
Nels Hauser   Art Direction
Martin Fischer   Producer

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Vocalese 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Vocalese' blew me away from the very first listen. It is the closest this group has come to repeating the successes of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross 30 years earlier. 'Rambo' is classic Basie, while 'Ray's Rockhouse' brings them up to a contemporary sound (video available too!). This is a great album and one of my favorites.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Do U compose the music and then put lyrics to it or is it the other way around?