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New York Voices: Reminiscing In Tempo

Read "Reminiscing In Tempo" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

What the quartet New York Voices achieves with their performance of Dave Brubeck's “Blue Rondo Á La Turk" disguised as “Round, Round, Round" by lyricist Lauren Kinhan is nothing short of a schizophrenic jazz “Carmina Burana." Lithe, muscular, and smart, the performance is dense and thought-provoking, deftly navigating between its disparate 9/8 and 4/4 sections. The 9/8 sections are presented in almost astringent counterpoint, the vocals cast precisely, almost as in a cantata or oratorio. When the time ...

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New York Voices: Reminiscing In Tempo

Read "Reminiscing In Tempo" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Time flies, so why shouldn't New York Voices revel in that passage on life's jet stream? Reminiscing In Tempo marks the celebrated vocal quartet's 30th anniversary in style, presenting a dozen performances delivered with imaginative flair. The arrangements and vocals, not surprisingly, are airtight, and the joy in the music is palpable. Demonstrating mastery of an idiom too often ignored, the Voices put their magnetic pipes and impossibly accurate harmonies on display in myriad settings, moving artfully ...

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Bob Mintzer Big Band/New York Voices: Meeting Of Minds

Read "Meeting Of Minds" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Meeting Of Minds plays more like a merger than an encounter. And that, after all, is how all successful collaborations should feel. Hearing Bob Mintzer's big band and New York Voices join forces for a trip through newly-arranged takes on '30s and '40s gems from the Great American Songbook is a reminder that some music can ring timeless and appear pliant all at once when placed in the right hands. New York Voices has paired up with ...

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Lauren Kinhan: A Sleepin' Bee

Read "A Sleepin' Bee" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Leaning on touchstones as a creative resource can be tricky business. If an artist puts too much stock in the original, they end up with a second-rate likeness of the archetype. But if they move too far away from the model, the tether breaks and the connection is completely lost in the wind. It takes a shrewd conceptualist to find the right balance between bowing and breaking free, and vocalist Lauren Kinhan most definitely fits the bill. ...

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New York Voices: Let It Snow

Read "Let It Snow" reviewed by Edward Blanco

New York Voices is unquestionably one of the finest singing ensembles ever assembled and with Let It Snow, lend their quality vocals to the wintery season of cheer delivering a powerful performance of familiar Christmas songs sure to be regarded as a future holiday classic. Kim Nazarian, Lauren Kinhan, Peter Eldridge and founding member and tenor vocalist Darmon Meader, have been planning this project for some time after adding Christmas tunes to their December concerts many years ago. The music ...

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New York Voices: Keeping the Vocal Jazz Flame Burning

Read "New York Voices: Keeping the Vocal Jazz Flame Burning" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Kim Nazarian went to college in upstate New York for acting, with dreams of the Broadway stage. Some 25 years later, she's enjoying a career that has taken her to stages around the globe--but as a singer. Not just a singer, but one of four that makes up New York Voices, a group that has won Grammy Awards and performed with many jazz luminaries during its illustrious run.It's not something Nazarian would have imagined at Ithaca College, but ...

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New York Voices: New York Voices Live with The WDR Big Band Cologne

Read "New York Voices Live with The WDR Big Band Cologne" reviewed by Edward Blanco

The Grammy Award-winning vocal group New York Voices celebrates its 25th anniversary presenting their first full live album with New York Voices Live offering a collection of past favorites and brand new arrangements from the principal arranger-conductor renowned pianist/arranger Michael Abene. A live recording from a May 2008 concert at the Kolner Philharmonie in Cologne, Germany with the world famous WDR Big Band Cologne, this long-awaited release opens the group's 2013 celebratory year with a bang. New to their repertoire ...

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New York Voices: Live with the WDR Big Band Cologne

Read "Live with the WDR Big Band Cologne" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

New York Voices celebrates its Silver Anniversary with the release of the jazz vocal quartet's first completely live recording, Live with the WDR Big Band Cologne, recorded at the Kölner Philharmonie in May, 2008. Sharing a jazz ensemble field with Manhattan Transfer and the Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet has in no way dampened the group's efforts to carve out its place. In fact, New York Voices has done a very effective job, doing so with authority; the group displays a ...

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New York Voices: A Day Like This

Read "A Day Like This" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

At first listen, the New York Voices may bring to mind another two-man, two-woman quartet: The Manhattan Transfer. Both groups harmonize beautifully, and their members take turns as lead vocalist. However, the Transfer is known mostly for vocalization--adding lyrics to previously recorded instrumental songs. New York Voices also do that, but the group covers more songs that originally had lyrics, and its members write more original music. Their first solo release since 1997, A Day Like This earned a Grammy ...

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New York Voices: Sing! Sing! Sing!

Read "Sing! Sing! Sing!" reviewed by Jim Santella

A big band made up of working New York musicians accompanies this vocal quartet in its retro look at the swing era. Buoyant lyrics and scat singing color the album with characteristic charm. It's the kind of patriotic, fun-loving feeling that followed The Andrews Sisters during World War II. Darmon Meader's vocal arrangements place the four voices close together. No one sings low; no one sings extremely high. Like Lambert, Hendricks and Ross alongside Count Basie and his orchestra, New ...

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New York Voices: Sing! Sing! Sing!

Read "Sing! Sing! Sing!" reviewed by AAJ Staff

After recording a lively and well-received series of albums on GRP and then RCA Victor, New York Voices now is recording on Concord. Consistent with that label's tradition for straight-ahead jazz and with the New York Voices' animated interpretations of standards--as well as unpredictable projects like the songs of Paul Simon-- Sing! Sing! Sing! merges both parties' interests to offer an album of well-arranged swing tunes in a big band format.The fact that New York Voices member Darmon ...

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New York Voices: Sing, Sing, Sing

Read "Sing, Sing, Sing" reviewed by Dave Nathan

After their previous album which was dedicated to the songs of Paul Simon, the New York Voices have turned their attention to music from the 1940's (mostly) with some swing, jump and jive and pop tunes of that day. The result is another album done with enthusiasm, tight arrangements and vocal creativity. Started in 1987 by a group of Ithaca College graduates, the membership has been very stable which has contributed to the group's success. The only personnel change was ...


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