Metro Jazz Voices | Wingin' It

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Wingin' It

by Metro Jazz Voices

4-Part Harmony Vocals with Jazz combo, Big Band and Symphony Orchestra, from Detroit; mix of American Songbook standards and Modern Jazz 'Vocalese', with New Lyrics, and brilliant yet accessible arrangements by the Band. Sax solos by Richie Cole!
Genre: Jazz: Vocalese
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1. Fly Me to the Moon
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2. Smile
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3. Crazeology
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4. Little Jazz Bird
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5. Black Nile
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6. My Foolish Heart
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7. One Finger Samba
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8. Bluebird
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9. Cold Duck Time
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10. You'll Never Know
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11. Drifting On a Reed
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12. Hymm to Freedom
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METRO JAZZ VOICES, winner of "Best Traditional Jazz Group" in the 2014 Detroit Music Awards, has released a unique and thoroughly enjoyable album of both familiar and rare material, spanning much of the Jazz genre, and also incorporating Vocalese, Funk, Easy Listening and Gospel. "Wingin' It" was produced as a collaboration between the band (co-led by tenor singer/hornman Carl Cafagna and soprano/alto singer Meri Slaven), members of the Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra, members of the Detroit Opera Theater Orchestra, studio engineer/bluesman 'Motor City Josh' and veteran superstar saxophonist Richie Cole. The result is a collection of 12 new 4-part harmony vocal and instrumental arrangements, which will appeal to lovers of the 'Great American Songbook' and hard-core Jazz fans alike.
Carl Cafagna, a veteran Detroit multi-instrumentalist and singer, who appears on reeds with HOT CLUB OF DETROIT (on the albums "Nighttown" and "It's About that Time"), has crafted MJV into a broad-based, transcendent Tour de force, equally at home conjuring Manhattan Transfer, the John Coltrane Quartet, the Hi-los, New York Voices or more open-ended territory. Cafagna's goal is that MJV have similar appeal to "mainstream Jazz aficionados and also to fans of singing, who say they don't like Jazz at all." "Wingin' It" might just pull this difficult trick off! The album includes a first-ever combination of vocal jazz with Hammond Organ, and also first-time vocal recordings of music by modern Jazz heavies Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock, made possible by inventive new Lyrics from Carl, pianist Scott Gwinnell and organist Duncan McMillan.
Mark Deming, of writes, "One of the brighter lights on the Detroit jazz scene, the Metro Jazz Voices reveal they're one of Michigan's best and most ambitious vocal ensembles on their second album, Wingin' It. Featuring vocalists Carl Cafagna (tenor), Meri Slaven (soprano and alto), Trish Shandor (soprano and alto), and Jordan Schug (baritone), the Metro Jazz Voices show off their stellar harmony skills on every track of this album, while the individual singers are consistently strong when they step to the fore. the Metro Jazz Voices aren't afraid to take on an eclectic repertoire, sounding sweet and assured on standards like "Smile" and "Fly Me to the Moon," confident and imaginative as they tackle the more complex frameworks of Wayne Shorter's "Black Nile" and Charlie Parker's "Drifting on a Reed," as cool as a breeze in springtime on a cappella numbers like "Little Jazz Bird," and working beautifully with the studio band on "Crazeology" (one of two numbers that features inspired guest solos from Richie Cole on sax). In addition to showing off solid vocal chops, Cafagna is a capable multi-instrumentalist, contributing flute, clarinet, saxophone, and percussion to the tracks (he also penned new lyrics for some of the classic melodies), while Schug is a fine cellist as well as a singer, and both men wrote arrangements for this album. If Slaven and Shandor stick to singing on Wingin' It, they do so beautifully, sounding especially rich on their lead vocal spots and showing a charming flair for scatting and vocalese. Featuring top-shelf accompaniment from some of Michigan's best jazz and instrumental players, and produced with imagination and clarity, Wingin' It is a superior effort that deserves a hearing from fans of vocal jazz, proving once again the human voice is one of the most pleasing instruments in the jazz ensemble."



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