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Great album. Marvelous arrangements of jazz classics and crystal clear voices. I like sugar on this CD even better that Turrentine's original version.
This CD should definitively be re-issued.
I had purchased the album at that time, but after many years of moving and such, it disappeared. Forward to 2004: they crossed my mind and I wondered why I hadn't even heard their music on our local Jazz Station, WBGO. Upon doing a google search, to my dismay, I found that not only had they disbanded (luckily all still alive!) but their albums/CD's were collectors items going for over $100. One Joker was trying to get $375! He may well have gotten it. Well, tenacity paid off as I searched Ebay and was lucky enough to find someone who had NO IDEA what they had. They listed the album, in NEAR MINT CONDITION, for only $6.00!! I now have this masterpiece of vocal Jazz framed on my wall. My current tenants were DJ's and had all the necessary equipment to burn me a CD from the Album (I had long since abandoned a turntable). So now, their voices grace my computer, permeate the house and hang on my wall!
For the rest of us, it's still possible to find used CD outlets who don't know what they have. I saw it one place on the 3W a while back for $2.00 (in what condition, I don't know). If you have a home town used CD store that features row-on-row of rock 'n roll and a little jazz ghetto in the back, cruise by from time to time and one day you might get lucky.
Rare Silk were what Manhattan Transfer strives to be and sometimes (to my ears) falls just a little short of: sophisticated, complex, rich, satisfying with beautiful tight vocals and an all-out commitment to jazz that MT does not have.
Apparently, they began as a trio--the girls--and played a series of concerts with Benny Goodman. A performance in Boston was aired on PBS and released on disc as part of the Japanese import series, "The Aurex Jazz Festival."
(Quoting from Marguerite Juenemann's Bio at [...]) "Rare Silk toured Korea, the Philippines and the South Pacific, and gained national television exposure with an appearance on the Merv Griffin show. Three years and many professional endorsements after their separation from Goodman, Rare Silk, now a mixed quartet, released New Weave. A subsequent performance at Duke's Place in New Orleans became the subject of an hour-long television production for PBS.Read more ›
To me, they're most similar to Manhattan Transfer and New York Voices, but Rare Silk seems to have a more sophisticated sound, and they seem to share the song well with instrumental solos -- I don't see other vocal jazz groups doing that.
Outside of Lush Life and Sugar, I remember when I first heard this CD, I didn't know any of the other songs. And it's made me a big fan of (I Can Recall) Spain.
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Looking for this CD for ages. Bought it new as a platter in 1983. Had to have the CD. Got it!!Published 9 days ago by gs2art
I played this album as a DJ on WWOZ in the 1980s and met the group when they performed at Tipitina's in New Orleans. Read morePublished 16 months ago by SaxmanAlex
Of note is the Billy Strayhorn song, Lush Life. The majority of covers are worse than the original, but this one is not. Read morePublished 20 months ago by MH
I purchased this album, New Weave (vinyl) back in the early 80's. I had never heard of the Group 'Rare Silk' and had not heard any of the tracks before hand. Read morePublished on September 3, 2013 by jazzman
I loved this album!!! I had it on cassette and sang along for years. Now I have lost it and wish it would be re-issued. New Weave was the best vocal jazz of its era.Published on July 19, 2013 by terralinda
I sincerely believe because their career was so short, that many people that heard them years ago mistakenly remember them as the Manhattan Transfer. Read morePublished on December 6, 2012 by T D Marshall
I purchased this LP on vinyl in the early 80's, and recorded it to cassette. I surrendered both forms of media a long time ago, and find these sellers gouging a price that is... Read morePublished on September 7, 2012 by Carl G. Kleinhenz
I originally bought this when it first came out on cassette tape. Whenever I listened to it, it always put me in a good mood. Read morePublished on March 9, 2012 by Jonesin' for Jazz
Of the hundreds of CDs & cassette tapes that I own, this is easily one of my favorites and one that I never get tired of hearing. I has the rare ability to stay fresh.Published on November 28, 2010 by BSU Fan