The Manhattan Transfer, one of the most important and influential groups in the history of vocal jazz, will release their first new recordings in nearly a decade this spring. This music will mark the first new release since the passing of founding member Tim Hauser, who died in October 2014, at age 72. The Transfer now features Alan Paul, Janis Siegel, Cheryl Bentyne and relative newcomer Trist Curless, a co-founder of the pop-jazz vocal group m-pact and a renowned audio engineer. In 2016, Curless told JT vocal critic Christopher Loudon, “We’re just starting to figure out how we want things to go and finding a way to present to the world the fact that ‘Hey, the Manhattan Transfer is still going strong and is kind of the same, but somewhat new.’ Which is fine, because over the years, album to album, they’ve constantly reinvented themselves.”
The track “Cantaloop (Flip Out!),” off the forthcoming album The Junction, applies Transfer trademarks to an interpretation of the British jazz-rap group Us3’s 1993 hit, “Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia),” which is based on a sample of Herbie Hancock’s jazz standard “Cantaloupe Island.” JazzTimes is proud to premiere it here.