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New Weave

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. New York Afternoon
  2. Red Clay
  3. You Know It's Wrong
  4. Lush Life
  5. Joy!
  6. (I Can Recall) Spain
  7. Sugar
  8. Happying
  9. D.C. Farewell


Product Details

  • Vinyl (October 17, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B00008FJVZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,327 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By R. Johnson on September 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I own a lot of music. This is easily one of my all time favorites. If you like vocal jazz with a great band doing great songs, this is it. I bought it on LP twenty years ago from a specialty record store and it still sounds terrific! Do what you can to get this overlooked treasure. The only question I have is whatever happened to Rare Silk and why didn't they get more attention?
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I bought this CD back in 1984 because 1) it was cheap -I recall it went for 10 Dutch guilders which used to be US dollar 5- and 2) the Brecker Brothers played on it.

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.
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I had the great fortune of seeing/hearing them perform "live" at a Jazz festival in Syracuse, NY back in the mid '80s, thanks to the genious of Jazz impresario, Frank Malfitano. I was standing no more than 8 ft. from them as they performed everything on their, then popular "New Weave" Album. If this is any indication...while the album was magnificent...they were even better "Live". There was no "studio magic" there! They were "on point" every tune and even embelished them. True talent you don't see much anymore these days! Great vocal and instrumental arrangements as well.

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!
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I had this album on vinyl, years ago. My son ran it over in his walker 11 years ago. I have searched and searched. I have to have this album at any cost. This is one of the best vocal jazz groups ever. "Lush Life" "Red Clay" every song on the album is outstanding. A must have for any Jazz fan.
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Yes, some of the prices being asked for this out-of-print gem are sky high, but if you have the money and you love jazz, you won't be sorry. (Those with a serious collector's mania will want the LP, too)

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.
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Out of hundreds of jazz, classical, and rock CDs, this one's easily my favorite. On iTunes, it's the only CD I have where every track is either 4 or 5 stars. I got it back in the mid-80s when I would order about a dozen CDs per year. We had an excellent jazz station back then, and it would usually finish their Saturday afternoon show with D.C. Farewell. If I could get $100 for it ... no, I couldn't give up this CD.

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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