The Anthology: Down in Birdland

The Anthology: Down in Birdland

by The Manhattan Transfer
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The Anthology: Down in Birdland

Long before neo-swing was all the rage, Manhattan Transfer were raging neo-swingers. Vocalese -- singing lyrics that have been set to instrumental jazz compositions and solos -- has always been a specialty of this historically aware vocal quartet. So is a flair for spotting impeccable material. Among the jazz giants whose work is reinterpreted on this comprehensive collection are Clifford Brown, Ray Charles, Lester Young, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, and Fletcher Henderson. But Manhattan Transfer have always been all over the map when it comes to material. Songs by Tom Waits, the Brazilian star Djavan, the fusion band Weather Report -- "Birdland" is the group's signature song -- and 1940s hit-parade ditties all pop up. What makes everything such a kick is the foursome's balance of pristine harmony and good-time fun.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/13/1992
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0081227105327
catalogNumber: 71053

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Manhattan Transfer   Primary Artist,Vocals
Buddy Emmons   Steel Guitar
Johnny Gimble   Fiddle
Djavan   Vocals
Dr. John   Piano
Ringo Starr   Drums
Phil Bodner   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Michael Brecker   Trumpet,Tenor Saxophone
Pete Christlieb   Reeds
Richie Cole   Alto Saxophone
Johnny Coles   Trumpet
Richard Davis   Bass
Jon Faddis   Trumpet
Tommy Flanagan   Piano
Dave Frishberg   Keyboards
Stan Getz   Tenor Saxophone
Dizzy Gillespie   Trumpet
Jimmy Giuffre   Saxophone
Freddie Green   Guitar
Don Grolnick   Guitar,Piano,fender rhodes
Craig Harris   Sampling,Synclavier
Toninho Horta   Guitar
Philly Joe Jones   Drums
Lee Konitz   Saxophone
Greg Mathieson   Piano
Bill Mays   Piano
Bobby McFerrin   Bass,Percussion,Vocals
Don Menza   Reeds
James Moody   Tenor Saxophone
John Patitucci   Bass
Marshall Royal   Saxophone
David Sanborn   Alto Saxophone
Janis Siegel   Vocals
Marvin Stamm   Trumpet
George Young   Alto Saxophone
Jeff Lorber   Synthesizer
Seldon Powell   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Grady Tate   Drums
Viola   Guitar
Cheryl Bentyne   Vocals
Mel Davis   Trumpet
Wayne Johnson   Banjo,Guitar
Tommy Vig   Percussion
David Foster   Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano,fender rhodes
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion,Conga
David Taylor   Trombone
Jim Keltner   Drums
Jim Gordon   Drums
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Britt Woodman   Trombone
Cohn   Saxophone
Wayne Andre   Trombone,Trumpet
Michael Baird   Drums
Clarence Banks   Trombone
Mike Beisner   Vocals
Ben Benay   Guitar
Alex Blake   Bass
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer,oberheim
Oscar Brashear   Trumpet
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Ray Brown   Bass
Garnett Brown   Trombone
Oscar Castro-Neves   Guitar
Nick Ceroli   Drums
Kevin Clark   Guitar
Sonny Cohn   Trumpet
Djalma Corrèa   Percussion
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion,Conga
Walter Davis   Piano
Eric Dixon   Saxophone
Chuck Domanico   Bass
George Dorsey   Alto Saxophone
Nathan East   Bass
Harvey Estrin   Alto Saxophone
Chuck Findley   Trumpet,Horn
Clare Fischer   Conductor
Dick Frank   Guitar
Jerry Friedman   Guitar
Steve Gadd   Drums
Yaron Gershovsky   Piano,Keyboards
Gene Goe   Trumpet
Autie Goodman   Vocals
Gary Grant   Horn
Mickey Gravine   Trombone,Trumpet
Jay Graydon   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Tim Hauser   Vocals
Jon Hendricks   Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Rod Henley   Vocals
Gary Herbig   Horn
Herbert Hester   Fiddle
Jerry Hey   Trumpet,Horn
Kenny Hing   Saxophone
Dann Huff   Guitar
Bill Hughes   Trombone
Ralph Humphrey   Drums
David Hungate   Bass
Arthur Jenkins   Piano
Tom Kellock   Synthesizer
Jackie Kelso   Baritone Saxophone
Abraham Laboriel   Bass
Shorty Lavender   Fiddle
Charles Loper   Trombone,Horn
Steve Lukather   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Clarence McDonald   Piano
Bob Magnusson   Bass
Irvin "Marky" Markowitz   Trumpet
Roy Markowitz   Drums
Nicky Marrero   Timbales
Jon Mayer   Guitar,Piano,fender rhodes
Bob McCoy   Trumpet
Jay Migliori   Reeds,Tenor Saxophone
Andy Muson   Bass,Vocals
Ira Newborn   Guitar
Michael Omartian   Piano
Steve Paietta   Accordion
Jeff Porcaro   Bongos,Drums,Anvil
Dean Parks   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Alan Paul   Vocals
Greg Phillinganes   Synthesizer,Guitar,fender rhodes
Don Rader   Trumpet
Alan Raph   Trombone
Jack Redmond   Trombone
Don Roberts   Piccolo,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Woodwind
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Joe Roccisano   Reeds
Mike Rod   Tenor Saxophone
Art Rodriguez   Drums
John "Dandy" Rodriguez   Bongos
Alan Rubin   Trumpet
Willie Schwartz   Reeds
Rick Shlosser   Drums
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
Byron Stripling   Trumpet
Richard Tee   Organ
Danny Turner   Saxophone
Carlos Vega   Drums
Frank Vicari   Tenor Saxophone
Pete Wade   Guitar
Mel Wanzo   Trombone
Ernie Watts   Horn,Alto Saxophone
Murray Weinstock   Organ
Buddy Williams   Drums
David Williams   Guitar
Kai Winding   Piano
Stevie Wonder   Harmonica
Stu Woods   Bass
Casey Young   Synthesizer
Snooky Young   Trumpet
Wally Kane   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Charlie McCoy   Harmonica
Vincent Fanuele   Trombone
Herbie Green   Trombone
Laurel Massé   Vocals
John Williams   Saxophone
Lew Del Gatto   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Horn
Jai Winding   Piano
Paul Favlise   Trombone
Doug Throngren   Percussion
Bob Flanagan   Vocals
Dave Banks   Voices
Larry Williams   Synthesizer,Guitar,Horn,fender rhodes
John Barnes   Synthesizer,Piano,Synclavier,Vocoder,fairlight,Tx-816,Linn 9000
Steven Schaeffer   Drums

Technical Credits

Four Freshmen   Contributor
Craig Harris   Programming,Producer,Vocoder Programming
Bill Holman   Arranger,String Arrangements
Thad Jones   Composer,Contributor
Manhattan Transfer   Arranger,Contributor,Vocal Arrangements
Greg Mathieson   Producer
Bobby McFerrin   Arranger
Janis Siegel   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Jeff Lorber   Arranger,Programming
Cheryl Bentyne   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
David Foster   Arranger,String Arrangements
Michael Boddicker   Programming
Capps   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Chris Clarke   Contributor
Ahmet Ertegun   Producer
Tommy "Snuff" Garrett   Arranger,Producer
Yaron Gershovsky   Arranger
Jay Graydon   Songwriter,Arranger,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Tim Hauser   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Jon Hendricks   Contributor
Jerry Hey   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Arthur Jenkins   Arranger
Phil Mattson   Arranger
Ted Myers   Contributor
Ira Newborn   Arranger
Michael Omartian   Arranger
Alan Paul   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Richard Perry   Producer
Gene Puerling   Arranger
Dick Reynolds   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Richard Rudolph   Producer
Rod Temperton   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements
Fred Thaler   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Carlos Vega   Contributor
Dennis Wilson   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Casey Young   Programming
Zan Stewart   Liner Notes
Stephen K. Peeples   Contributor
Geoff Gans   Art Direction
Laurel Massé   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Brady L. Benton   Contributor
Kim Whitburn   Contributor
Larry Williams   Arranger
John Barnes   Arranger,Contributor

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The Anthology: Down in Birdland 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh!i love the voicing.They harmonize it so well.I mean their voices fit the songs they sing.And i think it's all because of teamwork.