LIVE: The Manhattan Transfer @ Zankel Music Center, 5/13/17
Review and photographs by Rudy Lu
The Manhattan Transfer is the epitome of retro cool. As a matter of fact, the band dates its beginnings to 1969 with the band taking a foothold in American popular music in mid-’70s, predating the term.
The quartet – Janis Siegel, Cheryl Bentyne, Alan Paul and Trist Curless – took to the stage at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center recently backed by a piano trio and launched into their catalog of songs that date back to the early days of jazz up right up to contemporary music, covering all aspects of their nearly 50-year career.
Tunes ranged from Ella Fitzgerald’s big band hit “A Tisket, A Tasket” to Bobby Troup’s paean to America’s highway “Route 66” to Joe Zawinul’s jazz-fusion standard “Birdland.”
Each member took turns in the lead vocalist role, and all four were equally adept at backing each other up.
The newest member Trist Curless, blended in seamlessly with his bass/baritone voice on lead and harmony. He’s the group’s most recent recruit, replacing the late Tim Hauser, the group’s founder (and Troy native), who passed away in 2014.
The combined intricate choreography and harmonies made for an entertaining evening.
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