Vocalese

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Atlantic Mod Afw
  • UPC: 075678126628
  • Catalog Number: 81266
  • Sales rank: 6,272

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 That's Killer Joe (5:02)
  2. 2 Rambo (3:19)
  3. 3 Airegin (3:21)
  4. 4 To You (3:53)
  5. 5 Meet Benny Bailey (3:32)
  6. 6 Another Night in Tunisia (4:14)
  7. 7 Ray's Rockhouse (5:06)
  8. 8 Blee Blop Blues (3:01)
  9. 9 I Remember Clifford (3:45)
  10. 10 Sing Joy Spring (7:11)
  11. 11 Move (2:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Manhattan Transfer Primary Artist
The 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 Jr. 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
The Four Freshmen Contributor
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Craig Harris Programming, Engineer, Contributor, Vocoder Programming
Thad Jones Composer, Contributor
Bobby McFerrin Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Janis Siegel Arranger, Contributor, Vocal Arrangements
Cheryl Bentyne Arranger, Contributor, Vocal Arrangements
John Barnes Arranger
Yaron Gershovsky Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Tim Hauser Arranger, Producer
Jon Hendricks Composer, Contributor, Creative Consultant
Gary Ladinsky Engineer
Brian Malouf Engineer
Phil Mattson Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Frank Paparelli Composer
Alan Paul Arranger, Contributor, Vocal Arrangements
Dick Reynolds Vocal Arrangements
Elliot Scheiner Engineer, Remixing
Dennis Wilson Arranger
Casey Young Programming
Count Basie Orchestra Contributor
Fayette Hauser Art Direction
Bud Schaetzle Director
Nels Hauser Art Direction
Martin Fischer Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    you guys are really out of this world..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Do U compose the music and then put lyrics to it or is it the other way around?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Finest They've Done

    '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.

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