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 of their vocal collaboration is lasting. Gospel and folk moods weave in and out. Meltzer's original, "Remember That," takes on a Caribbean tone that puts your mind on vacation in the sun and the sand. "Destination Drive" adheres to a bluesy, smooth jazz scene. Designed to showcase the trio's clear vocal interaction, the arrangements also include instrumental interludes by Greg Smith, Jeff Massanari, Ricardo Peixoto, Michael Wolff and Norbert Stachel. This is Pastiche's third recording. Offering something for everyone, their program is a winner.
Track Listing: Don't Lose Your Cool; Whatever It Takes; When Will There Be; You Hit the Spot; Only Love; Late Date; Remember That; Waiting on the Day; Destination Drive; Blackbird; When the Night.
Personnel: Sandy Cressman, Jenny Meltzer, Becky West- vocals; Nic. tenBroek- trombone, keyboards; Jeff Cressman- trombone; Bill Ortiz- trumpet; Greg Smith- baritone saxophone; Bob Johnson- alto saxophone; Norbert Stachel- baritone saxophone, tenor saxophone; Ed Harris, Jeff Massanari, Ricardo Peixoto- guitar; Marcos Silva- keyboards; Michael Wolff- piano; Peter Barshay, David Belove- bass; Bob Harsen, Bill Severance, Celso Alberti, Vince Lateano, Paul van Wageningen- drums; Ed Smith- drum loop; Michael Spiro- percussion, drum loop; Cassio Duarte- percussion.
I love jazz because it is both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.