The Manhattan Transfer

The Manhattan Transfer

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The Manhattan Transfer first came to the general public's attention as a retro act, a nostalgic throwback in a era consumed with nostalgia -- the early/mid-'70s -- and their debut Atlantic album, as well as their 1975 summer replacement TV series, catered unashamedly to that market. As a result, this record seemed old when it came out, and it still sounds more than a little sappy, especially when one considers the astonishing growth of the Transfer since. True, "You Can Depend Upon Me" is a lively precursor of vocalese triumphs to come, enlivened by a brief solo from Zoot Sims, and there are subdued reminders of their jazz roots on "Tuxedo Junction." But the object of the latter exercise was to bring back sweet memories, specifically of a wartime era evoked more explicitly by the unctuous, sugary rendition of "Candy." Nothing if not eclectic even then, the Transfer also evokes the Ink Spots, 1940s jive, 1950s doo wop, New Orleans funk, even 1975 with the proto-disco "Clap Your Hands." Yet the net results usually seem calculated, not fresh and innocent. Best bet: Seek out the originals and sample later Transfer projects first.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/07/1987
Label: Imports
UPC: 0075678149320
catalogNumber: 1007231

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Manhattan Transfer   Primary Artist
Phil Bodner   Clarinet,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Michael Brecker   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jon Faddis   Trumpet
Don Grolnick   Piano,Keyboards,Clavinet
David Sanborn   Saxophone
Janis Siegel   Vocals
Marvin Stamm   Trumpet
George Young   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Seldon Powell   Clarinet
Mel Davis   Trumpet
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Wayne Andre   Trombone
Daniel Ben Zebulon   Percussion,Conga
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Garnett Brown   Trombone
George Dorsey   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Harvey Estrin   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Paul Faulise   Trombone
Jerry Friedman   Guitar
Mickey Gravine   Trombone
Tim Hauser   Vocals
Walter Kane   Wind
Irvin "Marky" Markowitz   Trumpet
Roy Markowitz   Drums
Bob McCoy   Trumpet
Andy Muson   Bass
Ira Newborn   Guitar,Conductor
Gene Orloff   Concert Master
Alan Paul   Vocals
Allen Ralph   Trombone
Alan Raph   Trombone
Mike Rod   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Alan Rubin   Trumpet
Zoot Sims   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Richard Tee   Organ,Keyboards
Frank Vicari   Saxophone
Murray Weinstock   Organ,Keyboards
Wally Kane   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Laurel Massé   Vocals
Lew Del Gatto   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Paul Favlise   Trombone

Technical Credits

Erskine Hawkins   Composer
Earl Hines   Composer
Julian Dash   Composer
Ahmet Ertegun   Producer
Lewis Hahn   Engineer,Remixing
Geoffrey Haslam   Engineer
Tim Hauser   Producer
William Johnson   Composer
Ira Newborn   Arranger,Director
Gene Orloff   Engineer
Allen Toussaint   Composer
J. Mayo Williams   Composer
Bob Defrin   Art Direction
Grady Watts   Composer
Robert Schwartz   Composer
Buddy Feyne   Composer
Ben Oakland   Composer
Joan Whitney   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Frank Ryerson   Composer
Doug Morris   Composer
Milton Drake   Composer
Louis Dunlap   Composer
Jim Eaton   Composer
Alex Kramer   Composer
Eliot Greenberg   Composer
William Spivey   Composer
Charlie Carpenter   Composer
Barbara J. Baer   Composer

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