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November 2, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Friday, Manhattan Transfer opened a three-night stand to a packed house at the Triple Door and while they were down a man — Tim Hauser’s out, having back surgery — Trist Curless, whom you may remember from the group m-pact, which got its start in Seattle — did a stellar job filling in.
From the sizzling quartet’s first “Ooo-bop!” on “Tuxedo Junction,” I was reminded that despite a kneejerk aversion to the glitz of this group, the luxuriousness of its shimmering blend and its crisp delivery of scat solos are hard to resist. So why try?
It was pretty much a “greatest hits” night, from “The Duke of Dubuque,” featuring Curless on an athletic bass scat solo, and the retro-swing of “Java Jive” to a stunningly fast “Air Mail Special” (complete with Charlie Christian solo), Bird’s “Billie’s Bounce” and the megahit “Birdland.” (more…)
November 1, 2013 at 9:59 AM
The sizzling, sassy jazz vocal quartet Manhattan Transfer, featuring Mount Vernon native Cheryl Bentyne, started as a folk group inspired by vintage swing, exemplified by the wonderful, tongue-in-cheek early hits “Operator” and “Java Jive.” Glitz, bebop and doo-wop soon followed, and MT moved beyond the hippie crowd to international stardom. Ten Grammy awards down the line, the quartet’s most recent recording is “The Chick Corea Songbook.”
Note that Tim Hauser (far left), due to recent surgery, is not on this tour. He is replaced by Trist Curless of the group m-pact. The shows are part of the Earshot Jazz Festival.
7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday, at the Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle; $30-$50 (206-838-4333 or www.thetripledoor.net).
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