The Manhattan Transfer : Vocalese

The Manhattan Transfer : Vocalese


Manhattan Transfer with the Count Basie Orchestra : Jon Hendricks, The Four Freshmen (vocals), Richie Cole (alto sax), James Moody (tenor sax), Dizzy Gillespie, Snooky Young (trumpet), McCoy Tyner (piano), Wayne Johnson (banjo, guitar), Ray Brown, Ron Carter, Marshall Hawkins, John Patitucci (bass), Bobby McFerrin (bass, guitar, bass guitar, percussion, vocals), Philly Joe Jones, Grady Tate, Ralph Humphrey (drums)

Atlantic 781 266

Audio Fidelity Records : LP 180 gram

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A1 - That's Killer Joe
A2 - Rambo
A3 - Airegin
A4 - To You
A5 - Meet Benny Bailey
A6 - Another Night in Tunisia
B1 - Ray's Rockhouse
B2 - Blee Blop Blues
B3 - Oh Yes, I Remember Clifford
B4 - Sing Joy Spring
B5 - Move

Recorded in 1985

The Manhattan Transfer's most critically acclaimed album. It received 12 Grammy nominations, making it second only to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" as the most nominated individual album. Grammy Awards: "Best Jazz Vocal Performance - Duo or Group", "Best Vocal Arrangements For Voices" for Cheryl Bentyne and Bobby McFerrin for their arrangement of Another Night In Tunisia.

The album's title Vocalese refers to a style of music that sets lyrics to previously recorded jazz instrumental pieces and replaces many instruments with vocalists (such as the big band arrangements of Duke Ellington and Count Basie). The vocals reproduce the sound and feel of the original instrumentation. Jon Hendricks, proficient in this art, composed all of the lyrics for this album. Grammy Awards for "Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group" and "Best Vocal Arrangements for Voices" for Cheryl Bentyne and Bobby McFerrin for their arrangement of "Another Night In Tunisia." 

"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." - Scott Yanow,

This Audio Fidelity LP was remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearant Audio, using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed with virgin vinyl.