Cadence is a Canadian a capella vocal group that describes itself as four men with four microphones and no instruments. Their voices are the instruments, quite naturally, and they use to them to the fullest on jazz and pop tunes performed with finesse and flair. This style of singing often warrants a breezy quality, and they get it right off as they tango into "Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps. Ross Lynde sings with a supple easiness that sways as the others bring in the vocal acrobatics; percussion and the wail of a trumpet add to the appeal. A surprising and neat segue midway enhances the punch.
When it comes to jazz, "The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines has a scintillating air. The vocal tradeoffs, the doo-wop singing, and the trumpet voiced by Dylan Bell (but this time sliding in) all go to make it a winner. Cadence has more surprises along the way. As the musicians loosen an effervescent "Hit That Jive Jack, they turn it back into time and sound as if parts of the song were recorded on a Victrola. And with some fine scatting from Bell, Ross Lynde, and Carl Berger, it certainly plays well. Berger wrote "The Perfect Kiss, a love song endowed with intensity and depth by its harmonies. Many aspects of this music capture the imagination.
Track Listing: Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps; Don
Personnel: Dylan Bell: 1st tenor, vocal percussion; Ross Lynde: 2nd tenor; Carl Berger: baritone, bass;
Kevin Fox: bass, vocal percussion.
I love jazz because it's been a life's work.
I was first exposed to jazz by my father.
I met Hampton Hawes.
The best show I ever attended was Les McCann.
The first jazz record I bought was Herbie Hancock.
My advice to new listeners is to listen at a comfortable volume.