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The Manhattan Transfer were not an overnight success, but a result of many years of dues-paying and persistence, particularly by bass singer and founder Tim Hauser. Tim's musical history goes back to a doo-wop group called the Criterions, who recorded a couple of singles on Cecilia Records when Tim was 15. Subsequently, Tim formed the first Manhattan Transfer, five members strong and featuring Gene Pistilli, who had co-written some songs recorded by Spanky and Our Gang. The resulting album wasn't stylistically well-integrated, and didn't catch on commercially either. That first version of the group broke up in 1971.

The Manhattan Transfer re-emerged as a four-piece, with Janis Siegel (alto), Laurel Masse (soprano), and Alan Paul (tenor), who found each other in a series of happy accidents. Tim Hauser was driving a cab at the time, and picked up passenger Laurel Masse; they got to talking. Tim met Janis Siegel through a drummer acquaintance. Janis had been performing at the Greenwich Village coffeehouse scene with a group called "Laurel Canyon." Alan Paul had been appearing in the musical "Grease!" (Laurel's boyfriend was a musician in the production, and referred him).

With personnel in place, they began to build a following at all of the hip New York clubs: Max's Kansas City, Reno Sweeney's, Cafe Carlyle, etc. Atlantic's Ahmet Ertegun heard of them and came to a gig. His enthusiastic response resulted in a record deal and an association that lasted for many years. The Manhattan Transfer's first recording, the self-titled "Manhattan Transfer" featured "Operator," a fifties gospel tune, which reached number #22 on the Billboard chart and was their first hit. They were hard to catagorize - "Cabaret Rock" or "Disco Sha Na Na" were some of the labels attached to them - but their popularity grew solidly, accompanied by intensive touring. They even had their own short-lived TV series (as well as frequent guest appearances on other variety programs). "Coming Out, " "Pastiche" and the first live album followed. "Pastiche" was noteworthy as it was the first time the group collaborated with Jon Hendricks (of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross), and was the beginning of a long and remarkably fecund relationship. However, the record did not sell well, and as fate would have it, Laurel was in a car accident in 1978, which curtailed her activities (her jaw was wired shut for three months). She ultimately quit the group. The Manhattan Transfer re-located to California and began the search for a new soprano vocalist.

Cheryl Bentyne joined in 1979. Her father had been a jazz bandleader and she had sung with him, developing a technical facility that she would need with the Transfer. Her audition pieces were "You Can Depend On Me" and "Candy." With Cheryl in the group, the group went forward with their next record: "Extensions." It was a hit and the group were swept up in the disco craze with the single "Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone." In addition, "Extensions" included "Birdland," the Weather Report composition that became a Manhattan Transfer signature tune. The group won two Grammy's for that album, the first of many.

"Mecca For Moderns" followed, which included Gene Puerling's "A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square" and "Boy From New York City." Having discovered them, the public and the critics continued to bestow honors upon the Manhattan Transfer, as they received the Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group Grammy, and "Boy" reached number seven on Billboard.

Atlantic released their first greatest hits album, while the group went to work on "Bodies and Souls." The record company's agenda, which necessitated more pop hits, prevailed, but the record did not do well and the group wasn't musically satisfied. The record that followed it, "Bop Doo Wopp," included some live recordings of standards and doo-wop classics, but didn't connect with its audience either. Given the disappointing sales, the group saw no reason to pursue a commercial direction, but decided to go back to the music that they felt was their strongest suit, and for which they had a demonstrated ability unlike any of their contemporaries. With collaborators Jon Hendricks and Richie Cole, they focused on the use of the vocalese technique - singing lyrics over jazz solos - the album, entitled naturally, "Vocalese." The group already had modeled their distinctive voicings on that of the big band horn section of Count Basie, and this approach culminated in a triumph. They received twelve Grammy nominations for "Vocalese," and won three.

"Brasil" was an exploration of the textures and rhythms of world music, juxtaposed with jazz. The group worked with Brazilian songwriters such as Milton Nascimento, Ivan Lins and Djavan on the record, and it was another unique musical collage, bringing the decade of the 1980's to a close. Manhattan Transfer also had won the Playboy and Downbeat "Best Jazz Vocal Group" category every year from 1980 to 1990.

The group went to Columbia for two releases: "The Offbeat of Avenues," which was a mostly self-written collection, and their Christmas record. Unfortunately, "Avenues" did not get the attention it deserved. The group members also ventured out on a variety of solo projects, including movie soundtracks, and guest starred on the TV series, "Home Improvement."

The group's next project was a children's album, "Tubby The Tuba." The group played all the parts for this charming story of an insecure tuba searching for a melody. Then, after returning to Atlantic, the Manhattan Transfer produced "Tonin'," featuring such luminaries as Laura Nyro, Frankie Valli, James Taylor and Chaka Khan, singing classic pop hits. A most entertaining record, it nonetheless didn't break any new ground musically for the group. Their latest recording, "Swing," was a tribute to the music of the 1930's and 1940's, and no one could do it better than America's preeminent purveyors of vocal harmony. They reinterpreted several tracks, such as "Java Jive," specially for this recording, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Jazz Chart.

What now, after so many years of success? Only time will tell, of course, but the four singers continue to be partners personally and professionally, and certainly an inspiration to all who hear them. Whatever it is, it'll be done as only the Manhattan Transfer can do it!

Members - Tim Hauser, Janis Segal, Alan Paul, Cheryl Bentyne

Discography

The Chick Corea Songbook

Free Samba
Prelude
Spain (I can Recall)
One Step Closer
Children's Song
500 Miles High
Another Roadside Attraction
Time's Lie
La Chanson Du Bebe
Ragtime in Pixiland
The Story of Anna & Armando
Free Samba

The Chick Corea Songbook, which marks the quartet’s first new record in five years, was inspired by the classic work of jazz great Chick Corea, and features fresh and exciting vocal interpretations of many of his popular compositions, including “Spain” and “500 Miles High.” Corea, who plays on the CD, has also contributed an original composition entitled “Free Samba” especially for this album. This release also features special guest appearances by some of the finest musicians in the industry including Christian McBride, Airto, Alex Acuña, Fred Hersch, Edsel Gomez and Lou Marini, among others.

Listen to "Prelude" in Real Audio.

3098 CD $15.95

The Symphony Sessions

Route 66
Candy
Embracable You
That's The Way It Goes
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
Because You Are All Heart
To You
Vibrate
Clouds (Nuages)
The Quietude
The Offbeat Avenues
Birdland

Recorded in 2006, The Symphony Sessions features the Transfer reinterpreting 12 of their classic songs they recorded for past albums. Rather than the usual jazz ensemble accompaniment this time the quartet goes into the studio with The City of Prague Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Corey Allen to produce these enjoyable new takes on some of the old favorites. This is a very relaxed and smooth-flowing recording and a pleasant change to hear these old chestnuts performed in a fresh style.

Listen to "Embracable You" in Real Audio.

7601 CD $15.98

Definitive Pop

Tuxedo Junction
Java Jive
Candy
Gloria
Operator
Chanson D'Amour
The Speak Up Mambo
Four Brothers
Popsicle Toes
On A Little Street In Singapore
A Nightengale Sang In Berkeley Square
Until I Met You
Trickle Trickle
Twilight Zone
Bridland
Boy From New York City
Smile Again
Spice Of Life
Route 66
Mystery
Why Not! (Mahatten Carnival)
Baby Come Back To Me (The Morse Code Of Love)
Sing Joy Spring
Another Night In Tunesia
Soul Food To Go
So You Say
Stomp Of King Porter
Clouds
Nothing Could Be Hotter Than That
The Offbeat Of Avenues

The ultimate Manhattan Transfer release! Here in this two CD collection are 30 of the fabulous vocal jazz quartet's best recordings spanning the 25 plus years they have been harmonizing together. All the greatest hits are here plus several of the group's personal favorite tracks. The release comes with a insert which includes photos and a history of the group. This is top-knotch four part vocal harmony!

Listen to "Route 66" in Real Audio.

7494 2CDs $19.95

Vibrate

Walkin' In New York
Greek Song
Vibrate
The New JuJu Man
Doodin'
The Twelfth
First Ascent
Core Of Sound
Feel Flows
Embracable You
Come Softly to Me / I Met Him On a Sunday

We don't think we need to go deeply into the history and awards associated with jazz legends Manhattan Transfer, who have been paying their dues and building their following in hip New York City clubs since 1971. Finely-crafted jazz albums, beginning with the self-titled "Manhattan Transfer," have sold well and won many awards. "Extensions" won two Grammys , "Mecca for Moderns" one, and "Vocalese" three Grammys. "Vibrate" is the group's first studio album in 3 years, and has been highly anticipated. 11 songs, all accompanied, mostly mellow, bass-walking, rainy-day jazz. Some particular favorites are the opening cut, the salsa-influenced "Walkin' in N.Y.," the oriental flavored "Greek Song," the blue-note, meandering "The New JuJu Man," "Doodlin'," the rhythmic "Feel Flows," the sweet chestnut "Embraceable You," and finishes with a very nice "Come Softly to Me/I Met Him on a Sunday" medley. The long-awaited Vibrate" is a special addition to MT's discography and is further evidence that we're listening to one of the best vocal jazz groups in the world!

Listen to "Vibrate" in Real Audio.

4572 CD $15.98

Couldn't Be Hotter

Old Man Mose
Sing Moten's Swing
A-Tisket, A-Tasket
Sugar (That Sugar Baby O'Mine)
Up A Lazy River
Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?
Stars Fell on Alabama
Gone Fishin
Blue Again
Clouds (Adapted from "Nuages")
Stompin at Mahogany Hall
Nothing Could Be Hotter Than That
It's Good Enough to Keep
Don't Let Go
Twilight Zone / Twilight Tone
My Foolish Heart

Multiple Grammy-winning mixed quartet Manhattan Transfer is known for their expertise in many styles of music, including doo-wop, cabaret and Brazilian music for example, but they have been best known for their live performances and incomparable jazz singing. "Hotter" is a live CD, recorded at Orchestra Hall in Tokyo, featuring 16 of the group's best jazz covers. Mostly recent material, the songs are accompanied by a stellar jazz band that has toured with the group for years. A couple of nods are given to classic Transfer tunes, like a rousing version of Roy Hamilton's Rockabilly hit "Don't Let Go," from their 1976 album "Coming Out," and "Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone," a choice selection from the disco era. Particular favorites are two Satchmo-related numbers, "Up a Lazy River" and "Stars Fell on Alabama," that were not included on MT's Armstrong tribute disc, "The Spirit of St. Louis." There are so many fine moments on this CD: Janice Siegel's mock muted trumpet solo on Ella Fitzgerald's "A Tisket, A Tasket," the onstage repartee between Tim Hauser, and Alan Paul on "Gone Fishin'," and some wonderfully raucous scat singing on "Nothing Could Be Hotter Than That." "Hotter" is simply a joy, probably the greatest vocal jazz group of all time, live on stage, filling our CD player with sweet, smoking, soulful jazz. Great foldout liner notes.

Listen to "My Foolish Heart" and "Stompin at Mahogany Hall" in Real Audio.
4528 CD $15.98


Spirit of St Louis

Stompin' At Mahogany Hall
The Blues Are Bewin'
Sugar
A Kiss To Build A Dream On
Old Man Mose
Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans
Gone Fishin'
Nothing Could Be Hotter Than That
Blue Again
When You Wish Upon A Star 

Take a trip up and down the Mississippi on the Spirit of St. Louis with the Manhattan Transfer as they pay homage to the "enduring spirit of Louis Armstrong". In true Manhattan Transfer style, the voices cast an even shrill appropriately high and take it smooth when its time to go low, mimicking the grace of the great Satchmo. So good, so good! "Stompin' at Mahogany Hall" is pure New Orleans while "The Blues are Brewin'" is as bluesy as it gets. (Sing it Sister!) "Gone Fishin'" makes you wish you were. Take it back down to New Orleans and get slinky with "Do You Know What it's Like To Miss New Orleans?" "A Kiss To Build A Dream On" and "When You Wish Upon A Star" are standards for a Louis Armstrong Tribute. Classify this CD as one that finds a home in your CD player for a long while. Not necessarily A Cappella!
4312 CD $13.98


Got Swing

String of Pearls
Stompin' at the Savoy
Choo Choo Ch' Boogie
Straighten Up and Fly Right
Sugar
Skyliner
Blues in the Night
Avalon
It Don't Mean a Thing
Clouds, adapted from "Nuages"
Jumpin' at the Woodside
Flying Home
I'll Be Seeing You
Sweet Georgia Brown  

Dubbed "The Prince of Pops" by the Chicago Tribune, Erich Kunzel's Cincinnati Pops Orchestra has been nominated for 5 Grammies under his direction, winning one in 1998, and we have to say that this is some of the best, most spirited big-band swing we've ever heard. Of special interest to us, of course, are the vocals, which are supplied by one of our favorite jazz groups, The Manhattan Transfer, former (and founding) member of the MT, 9-time Grammy winner Janis Siegel, and inventive singer/guitarist John Pizzarelli. There are 14 all accompanied (in fact, 7 of them are completely instrumental) tunes here, and not surprisingly our favorites are "Choo Choo Ch' Boogie," "Sugar" (That Sugar Baby of Mine), "Skyliner," and "Clouds" (adapted from "Nuages,") featuring the MT; "Straighten Up and Fly Right" and "Avalon" with John Pizzarelli; and "I'll Be Seeing You," with Janis Siegel. As we would place the Swing Era at or near the top of all musical eras, we thought "Got Swing" was a treat, and every tune gave us the urge to get up and dance!

Listen to "Skyliner" in Real Audio.

4519 CD $15.98

Swing

Stomp Of King Peter
Sing A Study in Brown
Sing Moten's Swing
A-Tisket, A-Tasket
I Know Why (And So Do You)
Sing You Sinners
Java Jive
Down South Camp Mettin'
Topsy
Clouds
Skyliner
It's Good Enough To Keep
Choo Choo Ch' Boogie 

A study in the nature of swing, the Transfer have recorded a definitive musical treatise on the topic. Using their voices as instruments-specifically, the horn and reed sections-the group performs material that could be categorized broadly as either urban or rural swing. For example, on "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," (featuring Asleep At The Wheel) the instrumentation includes steel guitar and fiddles. "Java Jive" is performed at a more relaxed tempo and with a warmer feel. Long time Manhattan Transfer collaborator Jon Hendricks stepped up to write lyrics to Jelly Roll Morton's "King Porter Stomp" and Basie's "A Study In Brown." "Clouds" (music by Django Reinhardt) features a splendid violin solo by Stephane Grappelli and a breathy vocal solo passage that evokes the atmosphere of a smoky Paris nightclub. Wonderful listening.

Listen to "Sing A Study in Brown" in Real Audio.

4117 CD $10.98

Jukin’

Chicken Bone Bone
I Need A Man
You'se A Viper
Fair And Tender Ladies
Rosianna
Sunny Disposish
Java Jive
One More Time Around Rosie
Guided Missiles
Roll, Daddy, Roll

Where it all began-the group was then a five piece and contained only Tim Hauser, bass singer, from the subsequent line-up. The production values and the quality of the voices are all professional enough, but it bears as much resemblance to the later incarnation as an apple to an orange, and the material brings back memories of seventies lounge acts and television pop stars. "You're A Viper" and "Java Jive" are as close as you can get-the former a swinging horn workout and the latter a relatively subdued version of the a cappella standard. "Guided Missiles" harkens back to Tim's doo-wop roots-he began his career as a teenage doo wop singer in a group called the Criterions.

4119 CD $10.98

Manhattan Transfer

Tuxedo Junction
Sweet Talking Guy
Operator
'Candy
Gloria
Clap Your Hands
Gloria
You Can Depend On Me
Blue Champagne
Java Jive
Occapella
Heart's Desire 

The debut album recorded in 1975. Contains "Operator," the first Transfer song to garner the public's attention. It's an impressive opening gambit, and is still consistent with their style-be it on "Candy," "Tuxedo Junction" or "Java Jive." "You Can Depend On Me" is a fast sprint, "Blue Champagne" an elegant toast to the era of the speakeasy. "Occapella" is a bluesy uptempo tune that sounds a bit like early Bonnie Raitt. Also, an early version of "Heart's Desire," (later re-recorded on "Bop Doo Wopp." ) All songs are accompanied, with particular depth in the horn/reed sections. Songlist

4101 CD $10.98

Coming Out

Don't Let Go
Zindy Lou
Chanson D'Amour
Helpless
Scotch and Soda
The Speak Up Mambo (Cuentame)
Poinciana (the Song of the Tree)
S.O.S.
Popsicle Toes
It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference
The Thought of Loving You

1976 recording featuring Laurel Masse, their third. We all know the Manhattan Transfer's musicality is impeccable. The collection of songs-all accompanied-range from the Latin "The Speak Up Mambo" to a percussive "Poinciana," featuring a Michael Brecker saxophone solo. "S.O.S," "Helpless" and "Zindy Lou" are guitar driven uptempo pop with guest appearances by Dr. John and Ringo Starr! "Scotch and Soda" has a gorgeous and languid melody, "It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference" and "Chanson D'Amour" are easy ballads. "Coming Out" is basically a mainstream production that only hints at the group's later more jazz-oriented sound.

4122 CD $10.98

Extensions

On The Boulevard
Boy From New York City
(Wanted)Dead Or Alive
Spies In The Night
Smile Again
"Until I Met You"(Corner Pocket)
(The Word Of)Confirmation
Kafka
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square (a cappella) 

1979 recording and the first with singer Cheryl Bentyne, who replaced Laurel Masse. Contains "Twilight Tone/Twilight Zone," the group's first U.S. hit-basically a disco number that borrows from the television theme song of the same name. "Birdland," the Weather Report orginal that, with the addition of lyrics by Jon Hendricks, became a staple of Manhattan Transfer's repetoire and one of their most popular songs-and their first Grammy winner. "Body and Soul" is the Phil Mattson arrangement, and "Foreign Affair" was arranged by Gene Puerling (sung a cappella) and conducted by Clare Fischer! (Can't beat the talent! ) "Nothing You Can Do About It" has a catchy refrain and piano motive that won't let go. t

4105 CD $10.98

Mecca for Moderns

On The Boulevard
Boy From New York City
(Wanted)Dead Or Alive
Spies In The Night
Smile Again
"Until I Met You"(Corner Pocket)
(The Word Of)Confirmation
Kafka
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square (a cappella) 

The fifth record, containing the Top Ten Hit, "Boy From New York City," (which won a Grammy for Best Pop Performance) and "Until I Met You (Corner Pocket)," which won a Grammy for Best Jazz Performance, the first time a group had won awards in both the pop and jazz categories in a single year! Of course, those two songs are worth the price of the CD, but, in addition, you'll hear "A Nightingale Sung In Berkeley Square," sung a cappella, from the Gene Puerling arrangement. (Gene won a Grammy for this one!) Also: the Caribbean-influenced "(Wanted) Dead or Alive," with it's steel drums and cowbell-infectious-and Charlie Parker's "Confirmation," which predicates the group's exploration of vocalese.

Listen to "A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square" in Real Audio.

4106 CD $10.98

Bodies and Souls

Spice of Life
This Independence
Mystery
Soldier Of Fortune
Code Of Ethics
Malaise En Malaisiel
Down South Camp Meetin'
Why Not
Goodbye Love
The Night That Monk Returned To Heaven
American Pop

1983 release featuring "Why Not?" for which the group won a Grammy. The group mixes up their sound, fronting a keyboard driven band and singing nearly all original material that could best be described as adult contemporary pop. Big production values augment the Transfer's four part harmonies; the songs range from the feel-good anthem, "Code of Ethics," written for the 1984 Olympics, to the sentimental "Goodbye Love," which is believable because of the sincerity of the vocal. "The Night That Monk Returned To Heaven" is noteworthy for its enigmatic chord voicings. "Spice of Life" is a dance number; "Mystery" a mid-tempo ballad; both songs could (of should) have been Top 40 hits, sort of a Manhattanesque Miami Sound Machine!

4120 CD $10.98

Vocalese

That's Killer Joe
Rambo
Airegin
To You
Meet Benny Bailey
Another Night in Tunisia (a cappella w/Bobby McFerrin & Jon Hendricks)
Ray's Rockhouse
Blee Blop Blues
Oh Yes, I Remember Clifford
Sing Joy Spring
Move 

Considered by some to be the apex of the Transfer's vocal development, "Vocalese" refers to the setting of lyrics to previously recorded instrumental compositions. With the contributions of Jon Hendricks (of the highly-regarded Lambert, Hendricks & Ross) and saxophonist Richie Cole, this CD was nominated for twelve Grammy's and won two-Best Jazz Vocal Performance and Best Arrangement for Voices. "Killer Joe" builds off of an undulating synthesizer bass riff, which is the foundation for some flashy vocal soloing, copping what were originally horn parts-vocalese! "Airegin" (Nigeria backwards) sets a pace fast and furious, "To You" is its complete opposite-slow, romantic, with a throaty tenor solo passage and back-ups by the Four Freshmen! "Another Night In Tunisia" allows guest Bobby McFerrin to display his trademark percussion and then sculpt a slurred vocal line, adding a dramatic vibrato for emphasis. Top form.

Listen to "Another Night in Tunisia" in Real Audio.

4110 CD $10.98

Bop Doo Wop

Route 66
Jeannine
My Cat Fell In The Well
(Well! Well! Well!)
The Duke Of Dubuque
How High The Moon
Baby Come Back To Me
(The Morse Code Of Love)
Safronia B
Heart's Desire
That's The Way It Goes
Unchained Melody

Combining classic jazz (bop) and doo wop, the Transfer have recorded another impeccably constructed CD. Five of the tracks were recorded live in Tokyo-of course, the quality is spot-on per usual, the group representing the pinnacle of vocal art. Listen to the group go off on a scat improv on "Jeannine": the voices trade lines with each other in a perfectly executed quadruple play! "Route 66" won them yet another Grammy, for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, and it sparkles. "Heart's Desire" is some of the best sounding doo wop we've ever heard; it's a humdinger! "That's The Way It Goes," which is dedicated to the Harptones and Criterions (Tim Hauser, bass singer of the Transfer, was a member of the Criterions as a young lad!) is all the sweeter now. Songlist

4107 CD $10.98

Man-Tora! Live in Japan

Birdland
Route 66
Jeannine
Malaise en Malaisie
Trickle Trickle
Boy from New York City
This Independence
Foreign Affair
Body and Soul
Blue Champagne
How High the Moon
Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone
Four Brothers
Operator
Spice of Life
Tuxedo Junction

A new remastered rerelease of this classic recording originally released in 1996. Manhattan Transfer always put on a great live show ands this CD captures them at their very best.

4633 CD $11.98

Brasil

Soul Food To Go
The Zoo Blues
So You Say
Capim
Metropolis
Hear The Voices
Agua
The Jungle Pioneer
Notes From The Underground

The Transfer's style adapts well to this colorful recording, produced in 1987. Drawing upon the South American continent for thematic inspiration, as well as the characteristic rhythms and orchestration, the result is a satisfying world and jazz fusion of warmth and cool. "Notes From The Underground" captures a groove that is indelible, complimenting the distinctive melody. "Soul Food To Go," "The Zoo Blues" and "Metropolis" are contemporary pop, but with a welcome complexity; "Capim" is liquid contemporary jazz, with Stan Getz smoldering on sax throughout.

4116 CD $10.98

Tonin'

Let's Hang On
Groovin' l
It's Gonna Take A Miracle
I Second That Emotion
La-La Means I Love You
Too Busy Thinking About My Baby
The Thrill Is Gone
Hot Fun In The Summertime
Along Comes Mary
Dream Lover
Save The Last Dance For Mel
God Only Knows

A stellar assembly of famous guests contribute to this 1994 recording of classic pop standards. "Groovin'" is a duet between tenor singer Alan Paul and Felix Cavaliere, the song's composer. The late Laura Nyro, writer of "La-La Means I Love You," duets with soprano Cheryl Bentyne; Janis Siegel, alto, gets her turn with Bette Midler, on "It's Gonna Take A Miracle." Phil Collins steps forward with bass vocalist Tim Hauser to sing "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby." Other highlights: "The Thrill Is Gone," with B.B. King and Ruth Brown, and "God Only Knows," arranged by Mervyn Warren of Take 6!

4113 CD $10.98

Tubby The Tuba

Tubby The Tuba
Tubby At The Circus
Tubby Meets A Jazz Band
The Further Adventures Of Tubby The Tuba 

The relationship of Tubby The Tuba to a cappella music is peripheral at best. One of the great jazz singing groups of all time, Manhattan Transfer, provide all the voices, sound effects and occasional little snatches of song in this delightful recording. Tubby was created by Paul Tripp (who wrote the stories) and George Kleinsinger (who composed the music) in 1946. It is the most engaging way that children could possibly learn about the instruments in an orchestra. Tubby is a disgruntled tuba, tired of simply playing oom-pah, who embarks on four adventures to find something more interesting. Three of the adventures use a full orchestra, while in the other, Tubby takes his melody in a suitcase and travels to the big city. There he meets a Jazz band who play a clarinet, trumpet, trombone, piano and drums. The interpretation of instrument's songs by the the singers is wonderful! We recommend this recording highly, particularly, but not exclusively for children. Songlist

4209 CD $14.98

Anthology: Down in Birdland

Two CD's and a 52 page booklet: 39 songs of the best of vocal jezz' premier harmony group. A retrospective of their career up to and including cuts from "Brasil." Of course it includes all of the well-known Transfer hits-"Boy From New York City," "Operator" etc., but also standards such as their Grammy-winning "Route 66," "Love For Sale" and "Body and Soul." The marvelous a cappella of "A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square" and "Foreign Affair," (both arranged by Gene Puerling) are special highlights. Songlist

Listen to "Ray's Rockhouse" in Real Audio.

4115 2-CDs $25.98

The Very Best Of

Few groups have a more distinguished pedigree than the Transfer. Since their formation in New York in 1972, these four voices (two male, two female) have notched up numerous gold and platinum albums, and accumulated a shelf full of Grammy's. Their performance of "A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square" (included here) won a Grammy for its Gene Puerling arrangement. With collaborators Jon Hendricks and Richie Cole, they promulgated the use of the vocalese technique-singing lyrics over jazz solos. They had their biggest hit of their career, with "Boy From New York City," in 1981, when it went to number seven. "Route 66" and "Tuxedo Junction" were made famous by Nat King Cole and Glenn Miller respectively ("Route 66" won the group yet another Grammy in 1983). "Birdland" was originally recorded by Weather Report; with the addition of Jon Hendricks' lyrics, a Transfer classic was born. This is required listening for vocal jazz fans. Songlist

4123 CD $10.98

Boy From New York City

A budget-priced collection of some of their early hits. Boy From New York City, Java Jive, Gloria, Helpless, Tuxedo Juction, Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone, Ray's Rockhouse, Mystery, Smile Again, Birdland.

4591 CD $8.98

An Acappella Christmas

Jingle Bells
White Christmas
Christmas Time Is Here
Good King Wencslas
Toyland
My Grown-Up Christmas List
Merry Christmas Baby
I'll Be Home For Christmas
Christmas Is Coming
Winter Wonderland

After a couple of decades and over 20 albums perhaps the most well-known of all vocal harmony groups has released their very first all a cappella recording – and it was well worth the wait! Of course we might well be somewhat biased due to our love of unaccompanied vocals but this album is truly a joy and will become, we are sure, a vocal harmony Christmas classic. First released in Japan the recording was produced by Tim Hauser and co-produced by the highly regarded Roger Treece who also arranged some of the songs. The vocals are always solid with the Transfer and their voices are highlighted even further when sung unaccompanied with each voice showing their years of experience as vocal jazz singers. The arrangements are stellar and this album will be bringing you holiday cheer for years to come.

Listen to "Merry Christmas Baby" in Real Audio.

7499 CD $15.98

The Christmas Album

Snowfall
Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow,
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town/ Santa Man (Medley)
The Christmas Song
Silent Night, Holy Night
Caroling, Caroling
Happy Holiday / the Holiday Season
A Christmas Love Song
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
Have Yourself a Mery Little Christmas
Goodnight

Produced by Johnny Mandel, who also arranged several songs, this orchestrated recording is as elegant and uptown as Fifth Avenue and the Rockefeller Center. A special guest appearance by Tony Bennett, singing "The Christmas Song" from an arrangement by Gene Puerling, adds extra sparkle, but every carol is meticulously produced. The big band glamour of the "Happy Holiday/Holiday Season Medley" rings all the bells, whereas " A Christmas Love Song" is quietly contemplative. "Snowfall" is arranged by both Puerling and Mandel, and "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear" by Puerling; both are as ethereal and heavenly as a choir of angels.

Listen to Santa Claus Is Coming to Town/ Santa Man (Medley) in RealAudio.

4111 CD $10.98

35th Anniversary - Great American Songbook

Route 66
Embreacable You
On The Sunny Side of the Street
Someone to Watch Over Me
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square

Interviews

Marking the 35th Anniversary of this truly American vocal group, The Manhattan Transfer Great American Songbook DVD captures the legendary group in the studio as they sing classic, American standards incuding their first ever release of "Someone to Watch Over Me". These exclusive, intimate performances feature the group's trademark vocal harmonies with piano accompaniment. The songs were recorded at the legendary Henson Studios in Los Angeles during the group's 35th anniversary celebration. From bop and pop to swing, from vocalese and boogie-woogie to jazz, over the years The Manhattan Transfer has embraced varied musical styles, creating a style that's all their own and gathering legions of dedicated fans. Also includes new interviews with the group.

7674 DVD $9.95

The Christmas Concert

Happy Holiday
Let it Snow
Christmas Love Song
Santa Claus is Coming To Town
White Christmas
Sleigh Ride
It Came Across A Midnight Clear
Caroling, Caroling
Good King Wencesslas
Christmas Is Coming
Snow Fall
Merry Christmas Baby
Santa Baby
The Christmas Song
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Operator
Happy Holiday (Reprise)
Goodnight

What’s better than hearing Manhattan Transfer sing our favorite holiday tunes? Seeing them sing those holiday tunes, LIVE!  Thanks to the awesome sound and picture quality of this DVD, you can watch the internationally acclaimed quartet spread Christmas cheer in your very own living room. It's like having your very own personal concert. All 11 tracks from their earlier CD release, 'The Christmas Album' are presented as well as four solo songs (one for each member of the group).  Also included, in the bonus features, is an rare interview with the group, sharing their individual backgrounds, their secret to success, and insight on how they learn their music as a group. This DVD is sure to become a Holiday Treasure and is not to be missed!

4634 DVD $24.98

Vocalese (DVD)

Four Brothers
Rambo
Meet Benny Baily
Airegin, To You
Sing Joy Spring
That's Killer Joe
The Duke of Dubuque
Gloria
Heart's Desire
Birdland
On the Boulevard
Shaker Song
Java Jive
Blue Champagne
How High the Moon
Boy From New York City
Ray's Rockhouse
Move 

You are encouraged to accept this invitation to the DVD party of the Manhattan Transfer's "Vocalese Live" featuring Cheryl Bentyne, Tim Hauser, Alan Paul, and Janis Siegel and recorded live at Nakano Sun Plaza Hall, Tokyo. All you have to do to RSVP is get yourself a copy of this live event featuring one of the best contemporary Vocal Jazz groups of our time. The companian to the same titled CD features: Four Brothers, Rambo, Meet Benny Bailey, Airegin, To You, Sing Joy Spring, Move, That's Killer Joe, The Duke Of Dubuque, Gloria, Heart's Desire, Birdland, On The Boulevard, Shaker Song, Java Jive, Blue Champagne, How High The Moon, Boy From New York City, and Ray's Rockhouse, in full digital color and is 80 minutes long. DVD not only boasts incredible video quality, the sound is just as pleasing.

4319 DVD $24.98

Manhattan Transfer: Charts Package Vol 1

Operator (arr. Shaw) SSATB
Ray's Rockhouse (arr. Zegree)
Boy From New York City (arr. Shaw)
Tuxedo Junction (arr. Nowak) SSATB
Route 66 (Arr. Averre)
IN Concert (arr Nowak)

SATB

Sing the songs of one of the finest vocal jazz groups ever! "Manhattan Transfer in Concert" is a swinging medley of "Birdland", "Spice Of Life" and "Tuxedo Junction" and are some of the groups signature performance songs. The super Manhattan Transfer hit "Operator" is totally irresistible! Composed by Ray Charles, here's "Ray's Rockhouse", Manhattan Transfer's hit from their Grammy-winning album “Vocalese”. An improvisational spirit in a hot groove for pop, jazz, or show use! Jam to "The Boy From New York City", the sassy '60s hit that was covered by Manhattan Transfer. A terrific chart by Kirby Shaw. Get your kicks with the Manhattan Transfer standard "Route 66" in a swingin' arrangement also by Kirby Shaw.

4403 SHEETMUSIC $11.50

Manhattan Transfer: Charts Package Vol 2

Dream Lover (arr Mac Huff)
Choo Choo Ch' Boogie (arr Shaw)
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square (arr Billingsley)
How High The Moon (arr Zegree)
Snowfall, arr. Roger Emerson
Java Jive, arr. Kirby Shaw

SATB

Mac Huff's arrangement of Bobby Darin's "Dream Lover" is from the Manhattan Transfer's recording and "Choo Choo Boogie" will put your choir on the jazz track! Hip '40s lyrics and the burnin'. "A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square" very deservedly won a Grammy for best vocal arrangement and here is a note-for-note arrangement that matches the original recording! "How High The Moon" is an up-tempo piece has exciting vocal writing. The vocal jazz standard "Java Jive" gets a great a cappella treatment with the Kirby Shaw touch! Still swings!
4406 SHEETMUSIC $10.95


The Manhattan Transfer Songbook

Birdland
Blue Champagne
Body and Soul
Boy From New York City
Candy, Chanson D'Amour
Four Brothers
A Gal In Calico
Gloria, Java Jive
Love For Sale
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
On A Little Street In Singapore
Operator, Poinciana
Popsicle Toes
Route 66
S.O.S.
Scotch and Soda
That Cat Is High
Trickle, Trickle
Tuxedo Junction
Twilight Tone
You Can Depend On Me

Easy arrangements with Piano/Vocal/Guitar

4405 SONGBOOK $14.95

Watch the Videos

Manhattan Transfer:
Twilight Zone

This all-time classic music video is campy all the way!
Manhattan Transfer:
Embracable You

A live performance video with a string quartet
Manhattan Transfer:
Soul Food To Go

Lost in the jungle in this 80's music video from the "Brazil
Manhattan Transfer:
On The Tony Bennet Christmas Special

From 1992 the group sings an a cappella "The Christmas Song" (9.57)
Manhattan Transfer:
On Emeril

Manhattan Transfer appears on the Christmas Emeril show (9.56)
Manhattan Transfer:
Offbeat of the Avenues

The music video for this classic MT hit. (4.49)


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