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The Manhattan Transfer's first studio album in four years, Vibrate, explores the traditional and progressive sides of jazz, as well as various shades of Latin, world and pop music. "After 30-plus years,...these vocal veterans remain strong in voice, approaching every tune with casual confidence backed with a wisp of whimsy and playfulness.' - Singer.
Some of the Transfer's best records have been themed, such as Brasil and Vocalese. However, their biggest commercial successes have come from albums like Extensions and Mecca for Moderns, recordings that highlighted the genre-hopping versatility of the vocal quartet and yielded big pop hits along with it. This album falls into the latter category. The previous five decades are harmonically represented throughout these 11 tracks, including traditional '40s vocal styling on "Embraceable You," a classic '50s doo-wop medley, and some Beach Boys-styled psychedelic '60s pop on "Feel Flows." They've always excelled at jazz, and do so here with lyrics by Jon Hendricks to melodies from Horace Silver and Marcus Miller. But it's the group's forays into the 21st century via songs by Brenda Russell and Rufus Wainwright that really stand out. --Mark Ruffin
|1. Walkin' In N.Y.|
|2. Greek Song|
|4. The New JuJu Man (Tutu)|
|6. The Twelfth|
|7. First Ascent|
|8. Core Of Sound (Modinha)|
|9. Feel Flows|
|10. Embraceable You|
|11. Come Softly To Me/I Met Him On A Sunday|
I already have all of their vinyls and want to replace them with CD's and add any new albums on CD.
I've seen them live many times and, one night at the Keswick, the... Read more
The Manhattan Transfer has picked an eclectic group of songs, and performs them outstandingly! The album has a smooth, laid back feel that took me a little bit to warm up to, but... Read morePublished on May 8, 2013 by JSL
If you like the Manhattan Transfer, and I have for the past 35 years, you'll love their CD "Vibrate. Read morePublished on November 24, 2010 by Joe Bruno Sr.
i have everything they have put out (domestic and international). i've only been to 1 concert. love their music, all types.Published on November 29, 2007 by All Around Nerd
I've been a Transfer fan forever...and having grown up in the NYC area, I really dig their style. Their vocal abilities are beyond compare, and even though this album might be an... Read morePublished on January 11, 2007 by Kevin J. Henry
Tight harmonies,great orchestrations...this album has it all! Nods to Miles Davis, Jon Hendricks (do yourself a big favor, and listen to the album "Everybody's Boppin'" by Lambert,... Read morePublished on August 15, 2005 by Valita