New York Voices A Day Like This
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- Released: August 28, 2007
- Originally Released: 2014
- Label: Mcg Jazz
Down Beat - p.753 stars out of 5 -- "New York Voices is galvanizing. The steeplechase ensemble passages in 'Wee Small Hours,' and unison melisma on Stevie Wonder's 'Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing' provide state-of-the-vocal-art."
JazzTimes - p.83"Eldridge fronts a percolated 'Darn That Dream' and a darkly seductive 'No Moon At All.' Meader takes over for a joyous, sun-drenched 'On a Clear Day'..."
- 1.Darn That Dream
- 2.The World Keeps You Waiting
- 3.In the Wee Snall Hours of the Morning
- 4.On a Clear Day
- 5.For All We Know
- 6.Love You Madly
- 7.As We Live and Breathe
- 8.No Moon at All
- 9.Chamego (Betty's Bossa)
- 10.Noticing the Moment (Moments Notice)
- 11.Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing
- 12.Stoned Soul Picnic
- 13.A Day Like This
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New York Voices: Lauren Kinhan, Peter Eldridge, Kim Nazarian (vocals); Darmon Meader (tenor saxophone).
Additional personnel: Chuck Loeb (guitar); Marty Ashby (acoustic guitar); Gil Goldstein (accordion); Paquito d'Rivera (clarinet); Bob Mintzer (bass clarinet); Jim Guerra (alto saxophone); Eric DeFade (tenor saxophone); Mike Tomaro, Jim Germann (baritone saxophone); Steve McKnight, Bob Matchett, Joe Herndon, Joe Magnarelli, Steve Hawk , Ralph Guzzi (trumpet); Frank Greene (flugelhorn); Jay Ashby, Clayton DeWalt (trombone); Chris Carson (bass trombone); Andy Ezrin (piano); Dave Samuels (vibraphone); Paul Nowinski (acoustic bass); Marcello Pellitteri (drums); Lucas Ashby (pandeiro).
With ensemble vocal jazz, the danger is always that tight and complex harmony writing will come across as too smooth and too sweet -- for some reason, chords that sound sharp and bracing when distributed among reed instruments can sound cloying and overly slick when sung by human voices. The vocal/instrumental quartet New York Voices don't avoid that trap entirely on their latest album (and their first as an ensemble in seven years), but they continue to demonstrate their mastery of the genre with a solid program of new and old songs and innovative arrangements. Their take on "Darn That Dream" is startlingly new (and features a fine bass clarinet solo by Bob Mintzer), and the lyrics that group members added to John Coltrane's "Moment's Notice" work very nicely. Not everyone will agree that the world needed a vocal jazz version of Laura Nyro's "Stoned Soul Picnic," but the New York Voices' version is really lots of fun and is sure to bring a nostalgic tear to more than one baby-boomer eye. Apart from a couple of saccharine moments on "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," A Day Like This is a pleasure from start to finish. Recommended. ~ Rick Anderson
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