Monday 6/20/22 12am ET: Feature LP: Manhattan Transfer – Extensions (1979)

Extensions is the fifth studio album by The Manhattan Transfer, released on October 31, 1979, by Atlantic Records.

Marking a new era for the group, the album was the first one with Cheryl Bentyne, who replaced Laurel Massé in early 1979. It was also their first album with Jay Graydon in the producer’s chair. It was also the first album that contained songs that were hits in both the jazz and pop categories. The song “Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone” reached No. 4 on the Billboard Disco chart and No. 30 on the Hot 100. “Trickle, Trickle” reached No. 73 on the Hot 100. The album reached No. 55 on the Billboard Top LPs chart.

The most widely known song from this album, “Birdland” by Weather Report, won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance in 1981. Jon Hendricks wrote lyrics for the vocalese version on the album and Janis Siegel received a Grammy for her vocal arrangement of “Birdland”.

  1. “Birdland” 6:00
  2. “Wacky Dust” 3:10
  3. “Nothin’ You Can Do About It” 4:25
  4. “Coo Coo-U” 2:13
  5. “Body and Soul” 4:26
  6. “Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone” 6:05
  7. “Trickle Trickle” 2:19
  8. “Shaker Song” 4:30
  9. “Foreign Affair” 3:54

Cheryl Bentyne – vocals, arrangements (7)
Tim Hauser – vocals, arrangements (4, 7, 8), vocal arrangement (8)
Alan Paul – vocals, arrangements (6, 7)
Janis Siegel – vocals, vocal arrangement (1, 2, 8), arrangements (7, 8)
Michael Omartian – acoustic piano (1, 7), rhythm arrangements (1)
Michael Boddicker – synthesizers (1, 4, 6), synthesizer programming (2), vocoder (4)
Greg Mathieson – synthesizers (2), bass (2), rhythm arrangements (2, 8), synth solo (3), arrangements (4), acoustic piano (8), Fender Rhodes (8)
David Foster – acoustic piano (3), synthesizers (3), arrangements (3)
Ian Underwood – synthesizers (3)
Jay Graydon – vocal arrangements (2), synthesizers (3), guitar (3, 6, 7), arrangements (3, 6, 7), muted guitars (6), guitar solo (6), additional vocals (6), gut-string guitar (8), synthesizer programming (8)
Bill Mays – acoustic piano (5)
Jai Winding – acoustic piano (6)
Jimmy Wyble – rhythm guitar (2)
Steve Lukather – rhythm guitar (6)
Dean Parks – guitar (7), electric guitar (8)
David Hungate – bass (1, 2, 3, 6)
Chuck Domanico – bass (5)
Abraham Laboriel – bass (7)
Andy Muson – bass (8)
Ralph Humphrey – drums (1, 2, 3, 5, 7)
Jeff Porcaro – drums (1, 6), anvil (6), bongos (6)
Alex Acuña – drums (8)
Paulinho da Costa – congas (7), percussion (8)
Richie Cole – alto saxophone (1), alto sax solo (8)
Don Roberts – piccolo flute (6), tenor sax solo (7)
Phil Mattson – arrangements (5)
Gene Puerling – arrangements (9)
Clare Fischer – conductor (9)