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by Dave Nathan
Webster's Collegiate Dictionary defines Pastiche as a musical, literary, or artistic composition made up from selections of different works. Potpourri. Hodgepodge." The West Coast singing trio of Sandy Cressman, Jenny Meltzer and Becky West take that definition to heart with a program that is a multicolored musical palette. They are helped in this endeavor by a relatively large number of rotating musicians. There's the hard bop sax of Norbert Stachel on Destination Drive" mixed with a rock back beat from ...read more
by Jim Santella
Their cool finger snaps and distinctive melodic air recalls Manhattan Transfer. Jazz singers Sandy Cressman, Jenny Meltzer and Becky West blend in perfect harmony to interpret their program of originals and familiar tunes. Surrounded by tasteful instrumental accompaniment, this San Francisco trio honors jazz and pop tradition. The Beatles' Blackbird" appears as the original – there's a lot of attention to pure harmony in that song. Cressman's composition, When the Night," is presented as an a cappella arrangement. The beauty ...read more