Syncopation | Wonderful You

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Wonderful You

by Syncopation

This album presents a vocal jazz quartet singing tight harmonies in different styles - Featuring a swingin' rhythm section, blazing horns and a cappella numbers.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Breakout
5:22 album only
2. I Can Fly
5:29 album only
3. Wonderful You (Big Chill)
6:10 album only
4. High And Dry
4:13 album only
5. Invisible War
4:18 album only
6. Broken Wings
5:33 album only
7. Betcha By Golly, Wow
4:32 album only
8. Getaway
6:11 album only
9. Both Sides Now
4:38 album only


Album Notes
The Boston Globe calls Syncopation the “Manhattan Transfer of the 21st Century,” and it is easy to see why. Like that legendary vocal group, Syncopation performs jazz and pop music that is both timeless and up-to-the-minute. These four young singer/musicians have performed across the U.S. at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, the Tri-C Vocal Jazz Festival, the Boston Globe Jazz Festival, the Meihou Music Festival, and the 2004 and 2006 International Association for Jazz Education Conferences in New York City. The group also regularly tours Japan.

The style of Syncopation includes bebop, latin, and pop influences. The group performs a cappella as well as with a band. Each of the four singers is also an instrumentalist and is occasionally featured playing trumpet, trombone, piano, and percussion.

Syncopation was formed in January of 2002 and mentored by Cheryl Bentyne of the Manhattan Transfer. Their first album, A New Dance, was released in 2003 and featured contributions from bebop trombone legend Phil Wilson, formidable jazz fusion trumpeter Tiger Okoshi, and Paul Stiller of the vocal group Vox One.

In 2004 the group signed a record contract with Geneon Entertainment in Japan, and their album Of Blue, recorded in Tokyo and featuring some of Japan’s hottest jazz musicians such as pianist Satoru “Salt” Shionoya, was released in nationwide in Japan in November of that year.

On Syncopation’s 2008 album, Wonderful You, the group reinterprets pop songs from the past 30 years. R&B, soul, folk rock, fusion and electropop are transformed by jazz harmonies, rhythms and style. This recording features Syncopation’s touring band of Mark Shilansky (piano), Steve Langone (drums), and Greg Holt (bass).

Syncopation is

Aubrey Logan
Christine Fawson
David Thorne Scott
Tsunenori “Lee” Abe



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I'm not a singer, I'm a saxophonist. I usually hate listening to singers, but I LOVE listening to this album. I've never heard singers sing so rhythmically and exciting before. Also, the instrumentals on this album kill. I love the catchy arrangements to old tunes. I have this as my "most frequently played" album on my iTunes. I love the a cappella stuff on this like High and Dry and Both Sides Now, but I usually hate a cappella. These vocalists sing like horn players (probably because they are). I love the catchy arrangements to old pop tunes. Just goes to show it's not always the tune, it's the delivery of the tune that makes it happen! Way to go on this album. I'm gonna recommend it to everyone!

Camille Breeze

I can't stop listening!
Every since I saw this group win the Boston Regional Harmony Sweepstakes I have been mesmerized by their blend of outstanding vocals, awesome arrangements, and jazzy instrumentation. They have managed to make a recording that is just as good as they are live. I want another recording soon please!