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A cappella powerhouse Take 6 marks a new jazz vocal milestone with the release of The Standard. Features guest appearances by veteran jazzmen George Benson, Al Jarreau, Jon Hendricks, Roy Hargrove, Till Br nner and others, as well as R&B luminaries Aaron Neville and Brian McKnight. Includes versions of classics such as Sweet Georgia Brown, Straighten Up And Fly Right, A-Tisket, A-Tasket, Someone To Watch Over Me, What's Going On and Windmills Of Your Mind.

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The Standard showcases a new jazz-influenced approach for the group. "While we sing lyrics that always exemplify our spiritual and moral convictions, what we really are at the core is a jazz vocal group," says David Thomas, a member of the Take 6 lineup since 1985. "So we decided to do an album of jazz standards, a record that will stand up as the jazz vocal album for all time."


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  2. Straighten Up And Fly Right 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Seven Steps To Heaven 5:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Windmills Of Your Mind 4:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Someone To Watch Over Me 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Grace (Pre-Prise)0:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Back To You 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. A Tisket A Tasket 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Bein' Green 2:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. What's Going On (Album Version) [feat. Brian McKnight] 4:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. Shall We Gather At The River 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Grace 4:39$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 30, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Heads Up
  • ASIN: B001D94L3O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,128 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. McRae on October 2, 2008
Format: Audio CD
A collection of Jazz, R&B and Inspirational recordings with a twist of Take 6 arrangements and vocals, unmatched by anyone else out there. Not your typical Take 6 Gospel recording, but a fun listen with superb guest appearances. Leaning more towards secular jazz tunes may cause some a bit of concern that they've left their gospel roots. But after attending a very recent performance in Los Angeles, their testimony is still as strong as ever. Good music from the best vocal ensemble out there.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rick Cornell VINE VOICE on December 9, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I've expressed my profound admiration for Take 6 before. To repeat myself, I thought the first c.d. and "So Much 2 Say" were two of the finest a capella recordings ever made; but I became profoundly disappointed when the group went pop in "Join the Band." So, I ignored them for about 12 years. Then, I became excited when the group released "Feels So Good" in 2006, and returned to its rich gospel roots. But when I heard they were following up that one with this c.d. regarding standards, I thought, "Oh, no, is this 'Join the Band' again?"

Answer: no, not at all. In fact, this c.d. confirms in my mind that Take 6 is the finest sounding a capella group in the U.S.

In this release, the group explores its jazz roots and does riffs on a number of standards. On most of them, they sing back-up - and prove that they are a number of levels above the Pips, the Vandellas, the Blue Notes, the Miracles, and any other long-time a capella backup group you may care to name.

So many highlights; where to begin?

Let's start with possibly the most impressive cut on the disc: Verve gave them the rights to borrow an old Ella Fitzgerald solo of "A Tisket A Tasket" (the liner notes don't say when, but I'm guessing some time in the '50's), and the group does some heavenly back-up over Ella's "solo." Ah, but if only these 7 artists could have met in the flesh!

Or consider "Seven Steps to Heaven." Jon Hendricks does the vocalese lyrical honors (who else?) and the leadoff vocal, with Al Jarreau taking over thereafter. With Till Bronner doing a tremendous impression of Miles Davis, this cut just shines.

Or consider "Someone to Watch Over Me." With Shelea Frazier taking the lead, this is the most soulful rendition of this Gershwin standard ever.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sophia Bilides on November 14, 2008
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I've waited years for this amazing a cappella gospel group to make a recording of jazz standards, and the results were worth the wait. Their incredibly tight harmonies, ambitious arrangements (kudos to Mark Kibble), and glorious ensemble sound bring a cappella singing to another level entirely. Sweet Georgia Brown is pure joy, Straighten Up And Fly Right is pure swing, and A Tisket A Tasket is pure fun. There's also a lushly beautiful Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans, with Aaron Neville's honeyed voice and a delightful brass band imitation. Their greatest achievement here, though, is the R&B classic What's Going On, which their unaccompanied voices soulfully blend into a soaring, powerful groove that demands repeated listening. Enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By markdark on April 2, 2009
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Cats in the know going nuts over this one. Another step forward in their life's work to SPREAD LOVE. Certainly their best collaborative effort, they got all the best people, the legends, even reaching up to heaven for Ella! Vocalese masters Jon Hendricks, Al Jarreau. This would have been Gene Puerling's desert island album I betcha. Then, Aaron Neville, Brian McKnight. They are of course legends themselves ... Alvin Chea is moving jazz bass continuo ahead just on his own. This is a headphone album, rewards multiple listens. Engineering on this ought to win a Grammy just by itself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Lofton on October 24, 2008
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Take 6 has outdone themselves once again with their new CD "The Standard"!!! I have been a fan of this group for many years and I absolutely love their music! The collaborations on the CD rocks! I would definitely recommend "The Standard" for anyone who is a major fan of Take 6!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Engstrom on March 24, 2009
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Take 6 has its roots as a Gospel group -- a mighty fine Gospel group. So, it came as no surprise to me that the first two CDs I ever purchased of theirs were their Holiday offerings (both highly recommended, BTW).

This time around, they turn their attention to more secular pursuits, a collection of standards, that allows them to utilize their unbelievable harmonies on songs that are not are not of a religious nature. They do a tremendous job on both the accompanied and acapella selections. My only complaint is that they brought in a couple of guest artists, that they didn't need to. They don't need to be anybody's back-up singers.

I highly recommend this CD, especially to lovers of vocal harmony groups like Boyz II Men or Manhattan Transfer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Ziebarth on July 5, 2009
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Take 6, the jazz-gospel sextet with the airy harmonic sound, has come up with their soulful take on the jazz classics that could sure to make even Renee Olstead blush. "The Standard" contains such classics as "Sweet Georgia Brown", "The Windmills Of Your Mind", and even a soulful take on the Gershwin classic "Someone To Watch Over Me". Their airy harmonies give new insight to these standards, while maintaining their soulful bent. Indeed, this is one of the best albums Take 6 has released in recent years.
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