Manhattan Transfer - Mecca For Moderns (CD)

Manhattan Transfer

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    1. Performer
    2. Jazz Instrument
    3. Bebop
    Number of Discs
    Number of Items
    Mecca for Moderns
    Country of Origin
    Rhino (Label)
    WEA (Distributor)
    Mono / Stereo
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] On The Boulevard
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Boy From New York City
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Dead Or Alive, (Wanted)
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Spies In The Night
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Smile Again
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Until I Met You (Corner Pocket)
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Confirmation, (The Word Of)
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Kafka
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square, A
    Songs / Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] On the Boulevard
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Boy From New York City
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Dead or Alive, (Wanted)
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Spies in the Night
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Smile Again
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Until I Met You (Corner Pocket)
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Confirmation, (The Word of)
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Kafka
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, A
    Release Date
    16 July 1998

    Manhattan Transfer: Tim Hauser, Janis Siegel, Alan Paul, Cheryl Bentyne (vocals).
    Additional personnel includes: Jon Hendricks (vocals); Jay Gradon (electric guitar, gut string guitar, synthesizer); Steve Lukather, Dean Parks, Al Viola (guitar); Tom Scott (alto saxophone, lyricon); Richie Cole (alto saxophone); Don Roberts (tenor saxophone); Jerry Hey (trumpet); Victor Feldman (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); David Foster (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, synthesizer); Greg Mathieson (organ, synthesizer); Abraham Laboriel (bass); Steve Gadd, Mike Baird (drums); Andy Norell (steel drums, cowbell); Alex Acuna (percussion).
    Recorded at Dawnbreaker Studio, San Fernando, California.
    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. ~ Richard S. Ginell

    36m 20s
    Audio Format
    PCM Audio
    Studio / Live
    Video Disabled
    The Manhattan Transfer
    Jay Graydon
    1. The Manhattan Transfer
    Date Released
    1999-01-01 00:00:00
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