Manhattan Transfer Spices Up Oldies on ‘Extensions’

Posted by

51Mp7T9csJLLike its predecessors, Manhattan Transfer’s latest album evidences a fascination with and facility for such old musical genres as bebop, big-band swing, and early 50s pop. Anachronistic vocal arrangements predominate on Extensions, which taps copyrights that date back as far as 1933 (the classic “Body and Soul”). Nevertheless, the album finds the quartet making a strong bid for prominence in the 80s. The oldies have been spiced with synthesizer and imaginatively updated; and while much of the new material sports nostalgic themes, it’s obvious throughout that—as the opening cut proclaims—we’re “5,000 light years from Birdland.” Among the highlights here: a tongue-in-cheek, disco-tinged “Twilight Zone”; a doo-wop reading of the vintage “Trickle, Trickle”; and an a cappella remake of Tom Waits’s “Foreign Affair.”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.