Mecca for Moderns

Mecca for Moderns

by The Manhattan Transfer


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After the deserved artistic, critical and popular success of Extensions, the Manhattan Transfer went back to ace producer Jay Graydon for Mecca for Moderns, which almost matches its predecessor in its contemporary energy while drawing selectively from the past. Outstanding is the handclapping treatment of the 1965 rock tune "The Boy from New York City" (a number seven hit single) and the happily swinging vocalese of the Count Basie band's "Until I Met You (Corner Pocket)," although their version of Charlie Parker's difficult "Confirmation" isn't nearly as assured. There is also an ample dose of the inventive weirdness that invaded Extensions: the African/Caribbean "(Wanted) Dead or Alive," with its checklist of dictators, that segues right into a tongue-in-cheek secret agent spoof, "Spies in the Night"; or the ambitious, wordless composition "Kafka." No longer a mere nostalgia act, the Manhattan Transfer had not only caught up with the times, they were now slightly ahead of them as well.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/22/1990
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678148224
catalogNumber: 16036

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Manhattan Transfer   Primary Artist
Richie Cole   Saxophone
Victor Feldman   Percussion,Keyboards
Milcho Leviev   Keyboards
Greg Mathieson   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Tom Scott   Horn
Janis Siegel   Vocals
Viola   Guitar
Cheryl Bentyne   Vocals
David Foster   Keyboards
Alex Acuña   Percussion
Michael Baird   Drums
Michael Boddicker   Keyboards
Steve Gadd   Drums
Steve George   Synthesizer
Yaron Gershovsky   Piano
Jay Graydon   Synthesizer,Guitar
Tim Hauser   Vocals
Jon Hendricks   Vocals
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
Abraham Laboriel   Bass
Steve Lukather   Guitar
Andy Novell   Drums
Dean Parks   Guitar
Alan Paul   Vocals
Don Roberts   Wind

Technical Credits

David Foster   Composer
Bill Champlin   Composer
Jay Graydon   Songwriter,Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Bernard Kafka   Composer
Richard Page   Composer
Charlie Parker   Composer
Alan Paul   Composer
Gene Puerling   Arranger
John Taylor   Composer

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