by Wolfgang Konig
YstadSweden JazzFestival Ystad, Sweden August 1-6, 2018 Ystad on the Swedish South coast is known for two things: Henning Mankell's crime novels (and the tv movies) about his police detective Wallander, who investigates spectacular murder cases in the small town of just nearly 30,000 people; and since 2010 for the YstadSweden JazzFestival, one of the country's best jazz events. If one should describe it in one word it would be friendly." It is totally ...read more
by Jerry D'Souza
The first edition of Manhattan Transfer was formed in 1969 by Gene Pistilli, Tim Hauser, Erin Dickins, Marty Nelson, and Pat Rosalia, splitting after one album. Hauser reformed the band in 1972 and, with Janis Siegel, Laurel Masse, and Alan Paul, established the group in New York, playing several club dates. The Manhattan Transfer (Atlantic, 1975), on which they used jazz musicians including Zoot Sims, was a success, but they moved away from jazz after that to seek a more ...read more
by R.J. DeLuke
The Manhattan TransferThe EggAlbany, N.Y.Sept. 25, 2009
The Manhattan Transfer vocal group--they of the multiple Grammy awards (10) and strong allegiance to jazz--shows no signs of wear and tear after some 35 years performing and recording.
The group has just released The Chick Corea Songbook on Four Quarters Entertainment, and is on tour doing some of that music as well as an assortment of pieces from their prestigious history. After a week at ...read more
by Jim Santella
With a clear emphasis on swing, the Manhattan Transfer recorded this live session at Orchard Hall in Tokyo a few years back. The huge auditorium audience seems to light up this vocal quartet as they perform favorite songs from jazz’s early years—songs that rocked our grandparents, our parents, us, and our children.
Now over thirty years old, the Manhattan Transfer soaks up what its audience provides in appreciation and converts that energy into a brilliant performance, both ...read more
by C. Michael Bailey
The ManhattanTransfer, collectively consisting of Alan Paul, Janis Siegel, Cheryl Bentyne, and Tim Hauser, has been performing as a unit for more than 30 years. As a vocal group, they offer a lighthearted foil to Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross. The Transfer has always been more pop-oriented than smiled upon by the jazz community. They were never afraid to include novelty tunes and rock influence in their fine performances. But still, the group has retained a smart hipster’s identity and has ...read more
by Dave Hughes
time in my humble opinion) conquers another musical genre, I ask myself in between all the repeated listenings what musical territory they possibly have left to cover? They've already mastered doo-wop, pop music from several decades, jazz vocalese, Brasilian, and Christmas music, among others. In this case, they reach deep into the nostalgia bag - to the thirties, the beginning of the swing era. Not coincidentally, ballroom dancing to swing music is making a big comeback nationwide as a new ...read more