While it can easily be argued that the Manhattan Transfer remains the gold standard for jazz vocal groups, New York Voices must be considered of platinum hue, if only because of the comparative scarcity of their recorded work. Last year marked the Voices’ 25th anniversary, though what began as a quintet didn’t take shape as the current foursome-Peter Eldridge, Kim Nazarian, Darmon Meader and Lauren Kinhan-until 1994. Over the years, the four had, individually and collectively, guested on a slew of projects by other artists and scored several solo achievements, but as a group their entire output totaled just six albums, the most recent already more than a half-decade old. And the closest they’d come to a live album is their participation in the Count Basie Orchestra’s Grammy-winning Live at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in 1999.
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