Vocalist Janis Siegel is the mezzo-soprano/alto quarter of the Manhattan Transfer as well as half of the female contingency of the same with soprano Cheryl Bentyne. Like Bentyne, Siegel has managed a very successful solo career, releasing ten recordings since 1981. Nightsongs: A Late Night Interlude follows 2006's A Thousand Beautiful Things (Telarc, 2006) and 2004's Sketches of Broadway (Telarc). Siegel is a wholesale master of jazz vocals subgenre: ballads, scats, bop, she competently does them all. Nightsongs endeavors a theme of breezy Caribbean evenings, comfortably humid and crepuscular. Sonically, this is an exceptional hearing. The engineer ...read more
Meet Janis Siegel: Over the past four decades, the voice of Janis Siegel, a nine-time Grammy winner and a seventeen-time Grammy nominee, has been an undeniable force in The Manhattan Transfer's diverse musical catalog. Alongside her career as a founding member of this musical institution, Siegel has also sustained a solo career that has spawned almost a dozen finely-crafted solo albums and numerous collaborative projects, amassed a large international fan base and garnered consistently high critical praise. Janis continues to tour with The Manhattan Transfer, her own band, and teach master classes while she gears up for NightSongs, her ...read more
Janis Siegel is amazing. One of the principal voices behind The Manhattan Transfer from the start, she's also an accomplished solo artist. And the fascinating thing is, you never really know what she's going to do next. Enter A Thousand Beautiful Things. The title may be misleading, because each note counts from the first track to the last, adding up to tens of thousands of beautiful things on this album. A nine-time Grammy winner and seventeen-time Grammy nominee, Siegel has been a fixture with The Manhattan Transfer for 33 years. She has led some of the group's ...read more
The key word from the title of this latest release by singer Janis Siegel is beautiful. She interprets this lovely program of mainstream songs in such a way that we're able to sit back and reflect on the beauty that each one holds. Her message is sincere. Hers isn't some groove shop exercise where she entertains us with vocal acrobatics and whiz-bang instrumental technique. No, Siegel performs with genuine sincerity and delivers a message that reaches home, communicating with her audience and leaving a beautiful glow with each phrase.
Edmar Casteneda's Colombian harp and the band's bright Latin ...read more
Her vibrant tone and spot-on technique place Janis Siegel among the elite in contemporary jazz song. Each performance demonstrates her superior vocal acrobatics.
This collection of Broadway favorites includes glimpses from Annie Get Your Gun, The King and I, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, Mame, and several others. Siegel interprets each with authority. Her heartfelt anguish over a piece from St. Louis Woman issues forth decisively. There’s little left unspoken. She reminds us, with charming demeanor, of the song’s place in history. The selections that Siegel has chosen for this project each have their significant place in our ...read more
Manhattan Transfer singers Janis Siegel and Cheryl Bentyne have been responsible for the most durable recordings in the Telarc Jazz warehouse. To date, Ms. Siegel has released or been included on five Telarc releases: Couldn't be Hotter (with the Manhattan Transfer), Got Swing (with Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra), I Wish You Love , Friday Night Special , and now, Sketches of Broadway.
Departing from Tin Pan Alley and jazz standards, Ms. Siegel has prepared an excellent concept recording devoted to the songs of Broadway. These are well-known songs, to be sure, but they are not ...read more
Not to be confused with lounge singer Janet Seidel, Janis Siegel has framed her volume of the Great American Songbook as an unabridged" pulp novel. Unfortunately, some of it should have been abridged. The album opens with an over-faded version of Old Black Magic," skims along the musical waves of My Ship," gets caught in the title track and then tries a change with a frilly and trilly Change Partners." However, it is not until the misogynistic blues of I Just Want To Make Love To You" that the story really picks up. Though Siegel admits to having no clue ...read more
Having rediscovered her Moxie, the original lady of Manhattan Transfer has opted to take another shot at solo stuff. And though some of it harkens back to her ensemble work, Siegel uses the opportunity to explore a great deal of other avenues. From a coo through Goffin and King’s Go Away Little Boy" to an absolutely poppin’ chant-along of I Want You To Be My Baby," Siegel explores a variety of rhythms and moods. She has the competent assistance of pianist Cedar Walton, and occassional assistance from trumpeter Tom Herrell and sax master David Fathead" Newman. Though her re-reading of ...read more
Janis Siegel has to be the envy of many singers on today's scene. She commands two performing platforms; one as a member of the popular singing group Manhattan Transfer and the other as a soloist which she has been since 1987. Her latest solo release, this time for the Telarc label, is devoted to songs made popular (or almost popular) by other female performers, not all of whom were singers. She is joined by a top rated trio of Cedar Walton, David Williams and Winard Harper who anchor the session. They are also joined from time to timeby the likes ...read more
The combination of Janis Siegel’s vocal creativity and Fred Hersch’s imaginative supporting arrangements makes this album take off. Recorded in an intimate trio setting with various guest artists, the album lets its stars shine brightly. A gifted pianist, who began playing at the age of four, Hersch has taught at the New England Conservatory of Music and is widely regarded as an exceptionally creative artist. Siegel first sang professionally at the age of 12 and played folk songs on guitar before linking up with Tim Hauser to reshape The Manhattan Transfer in 1972. Siegel and Hersch, who have worked together ...read more
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