New York Voices: Sing! Sing! Sing!
Charter member Darmon Meader arranged most of the songs for this session. Most feature New York Voices fronting the big band with fast-paced spurts of scat and jump 'n' jive lyrics. They end this session with an a cappella "I'll Be Seeing You," that warms expressively, with countless, naked, harmonic nuances hitting you in the chest. Superb vocal artists, the foursome shows its forte when performing alone without accompaniment.
Classic songs such as "Orange Colored Sky" feature a particular vocalist and instrumentalist. This one stands out for its sweet interpretation by alto singer Lauren Kinhan, with a noticeably high-pitched flugelhorn interlude by Marvin Stamm. A tenor (saxophone) battle occurs on "Cloudburst," with Darmon Meader and Donny McCaslin trading phrases. Bucky Pizzarelli's rhythm guitar carries "In a Mellow Tone" along familiar paths. A rare tune, Duke Ellington's "Bli Blip," stands apart as one of the session's high points through the impressive scat singing of Kim Nazarian and Darmon Meader. Representative audio samples from this album are available from www.newyorkvoices.com .
Track Listing: Sing, Sing, Sing; I Can't Believe You're In Love With Me; Smack Dab in the Middle; Early Autumn; Bli Blip; Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens; Save Your Love For Me; Orange Colored Sky; Hallelujah, I Love Her So; Cloudburst; Stardust; Don't Be That Way; In a Mellow Tone; I'll Be Seeing You.
Personnel: New York Voices: Peter Eldridge, Lauren Kinhan, Kim Nazarian- vocal; Darmon Meader- vocal, tenor saxophone, clarinet; Additional Musicians: Lawrence Feldman- soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, clarinet; Bobby Porcelli- alto saxophone, flute; Donny McCaslin- tenor saxophone, flute; Doug Lawrence- tenor saxophone; Kenny Berger- baritone saxophone; Roger Rosenberg- baritone saxophone, bass clarinet; Craig Johnson, Barry Danielian, Greg Ruvolo, Marvin Stamm- trumpet & flugelhorn; Randy Andos, Larry Farrell, Jay Ashby- trombone; Dave Taylor- bass trombone; Andy Ezrin- piano; Paul Nowinski- bass; Marcello Pellitteri, Ben Wittman- drums; John "Bucky" Pizzarelli- guitar.
Record Label: Concord Music Group