Clockwork: Tesseract (2005)
In order to get this project off the ground, Clockwork enlisted the advice of Richard "Bob" Greene, bass singer for the Bobs, a genre-bending a cappella group, who also has freelanced for the musical director of Chanticleer (Joseph Jennings). Group members Angie Doctor and John Paddock have studied under Phil Mattson, whose arrangements have appeared in the music of Chanticleer, Manhattan Transfer, and the Four Freshmen.
All that being said, Clockwork presents eleven intriguing tracks from varied backgrounds in a fairly short album. What work best are the jazz standards like John Coltrane's "Moment's Notice" (I've only heard the George Johnson lyrics from the early 1980s); a roaring version of "Donna Lee" (here credited as "Back Home in Indiana," the original source of Charlie Parker's inspiration); and Richie Cole's "D.C. Farewell," lyrically turned into an Eddie Jefferson tribute.
Since all of these tunes were full-tilt works inspired by Lambert, Hendricks & Ross and others, I was interested to find that group member Stephen Saxon was the responsible party. He also added new lyrics to the Schwartz & Dietz standard "Rhode Island Is Famous For You." During certain selections, Clockwork definitely reflects the vocal techniques of the classically-trained Swingle Singers, bringing yet another influence into the album.
Track Listing: And (So) What If I Don't; My Baby Just Cares For Me; Bluebird; D.C. Farewell; Donna Lee; Creep; Rhode Island Is Famous For You; Moment's Notice; Little Girl Blue; Variation #1 on "Nightwatch"; Big Cash Deal.
Personnel: Clockwork: Angie Doctor, John Paddock, Eric Freeman, Jim Hale, Stephen Saxon: vocals. Guest: Bruce Williamson: alto sax (1).
Record Label: Primarily A Cappella Records