by Pastiche


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Over the years, jazz has seen its share of talented vocal groups --New York Voices, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, Andy Bey & the Bey Sisters, and Beachfront Property are among the names that immediately come to mind. All of those groups had two-gender formats, and rarely do you find a jazz-oriented vocal outfit with an all-female lineup; Pastiche is such a rarity. Consisting of singers Jenny Meltzer, Sandy Cressman, and Becky West, the female trio brings a jazz foundation to this self-titled debut album. But having a jazz foundation doesn't necessarily mean being a jazz purist or a jazz snob, and Pastiche is an appropriate name for the Bay Area threesome because Meltzer, Cressman, and West obviously have a variety of influences -- not only jazz vocal outfits like Lambert, Hendricks & Ross and New York Voices, but also everything from soul and pop to Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, and Caribbean music. Stevie Wonder has influenced some of the writing, and so has the Manhattan Transfer. In fact, the Manhattan Transfer is a valid comparison because, like that well-known group, Pastiche thrives on versatility and insists on keeping its options open. Some of the tunes on this CD are more jazz-oriented than others, and it is obvious that Pastiche has no desire to confine itself to a bop ghetto. Nor does Pastiche insist on inundating listeners with overdone standards that they have heard time and time again; though the CD contains interesting arrangements of "You Hit the Spot" and the Beatles' "Blackbird," original material is dominant. And, more often than not, the writing is memorable on this eclectic and fairly promising debut.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/02/2001
Label: Summit(Classical)
UPC: 0099402300924
catalogNumber: 300

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pastiche   Primary Artist,Vocals
Marcos Silva   Keyboards
Bob Johnson   Saxophone
Michael Wolff   Piano
Celso Alberti   Drums
Peter Barshay   Bass
David Belove   Bass
Jeff Cressman   Trombone
Cassio Duarte   Guitar,Percussion
Bob Harsen   Drums
Bill Ortiz   Trumpet
Ed Smith   Drum Loop
Greg "Frosty" Smith   Saxophone
Michael Spiro   Guitar,Percussion,Drum Loop
Norbert Stachel   Saxophone
Becky West   Background Vocals
Paul van Wageningen   Drums
Girls   Finger Snapping
Jeff Massanari   Guitar
Ricardo Peixoto   Guitar
Ed Harris   Guitar

Technical Credits

Paul McCartney   Composer
Graham Parker   Composer
Albert Collins   Composer
Pastiche   Producer
Celso Alberti   Engineer
Nicholas Ten Broeck   Producer
Sandy Cressman   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Jenny Meltzer   Vocal Arrangements
Adam Rossi   Engineer
Shelby Gaines   Engineer
Ed Harris   Arranger
Pastiche   Producer,Vocal Arrangements

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