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The Manhattan Transfer: The Chick Corea Songbook

(Pictured Left-To-Right) -- Tim Hauser (Manhattan Transfer), Janis Siegel (Manhattan Transfer), Yusuf Gandhi (Four Quarters Entertainment), Cheryl Bentyne (Manhattan Transfer) and Alan Paul (Manhattan Transfer) take five from recording new, forthcoming re
Manhattan Transfer

Significant as it is that the Manhattan Transfer has been around for 40 years, it is far more remarkable that those four decades have been marked by near-continuous artistic expansion and advancement. The Four Freshmen and the Hi-Los can statistically claim greater longevity, but the Manhattan Transfer must rightfully be credited as the most enduringly creative vocal group in jazz history. The key distinction, and the principal reason for the group’s sustainability, is that the Transfer has not simply built upon the foundation laid by the Freshmen and the Hi-Los. The Transfer has also drawn from all adjacent wells, cleverly appropriating everything from big-band swing and the bop-centric brilliance of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross to East Coast doo-wop and the West Coast intricacy of the Mel-Tones.

Over the course of 23 albums (24 if you count the 1969 one-off Jukin’), bass Tim Hauser, alto Janis Siegel, tenor Alan Paul and soprano Cheryl Bentyne (who replaced Laurel Massé in 1976) have taken continuous detours, rarely making a wrong turn.

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